Research course

Sports and Exercise Medicine

University of Essex · School of Biological Sciences
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

MSD: Upper second class honours degree or equivalent in relevant discipline. PhD/MPhil: Masters degree in relevant subject.

PhD, MPhil, MSc by dissertation.

Months of entry

January, April, October

Course content

We offer supervision in all areas of staff expertise in sports and exercise medicine.

Our facilities include a wide range of ergometers and treadmills, stand alone and portable gas analysers, force plates, isokinetic dynamometers, a Vicon seven camera biomechanics system, electronic timing gates, full blood gas analysers, (including pulse and co-oximeters), near infrared (NIR) spectrophotometers and a variety of EMG systems. There are also modern molecular and genetic tools available in our state-of-the-art biological science laboratories.

Our Centre for Sports and Exercise Science is based within our Department of Biological Sciences has an international reputation for our outstanding record of teaching and research. We are a large department with friendly and supportive staff, in our 2010 National Student Satisfaction Survey we were ranked third in the UK for the subject area 'biology and related sciences'.

We have a range of research groups working on important international and national problems using cutting-edge techniques. The quality of our work is reflected in the large number of publications in high profile academic journals, such as Nature, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy USA, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Molecular Cell, Plant Cell, Limnology and Oceanography and Environmental Microbiology. In addition, several of our staff have active leadership roles in learned societies and are editors of leading biological science journals.

Department specialisms

Research supervision is available in the following areas: sports and exercise science; sports and exercise medicine; sports and exercise psychology.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, see:

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 873473