Research course

Health and Wellbeing

University of Exeter · Sport and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally a strong background in the field of study at undergraduate level or an MSc in a related subject that would underpin the knowledge required to conduct independent research as an Phil/PhD student. This would usually require a good 2:1 BSc degree for UK students.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

The MPhil/PhD Health and Wellbeing forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTP), a partnership of the Universities of Exeter, Bristol, Bath, Plymouth and UWE. The SWDTP draws together the established research excellence of academic and research staff at the three institutions. As part of the MPhil/PhD Health and Wellbeing programme you will have supervisors from more than one discipline and more than one institution. Your home institution will be wherever your lead supervisor is based. Thus you will be able to benefit from the expertise of staff from a much wider base than is usual.

As a student of this programme you will undertake research that develops an interdisciplinary understanding of the drivers of individual health behaviours and interventions appropriate to facilitate health and well-being. The MPhil/PhD Health and Wellbeing seeks to build research capacity at the interface of biomedical and social sciences within and beyond academia.

Behaviours such as diet, physical activity, smoking and alcohol consumption impact on public health and risk of chronic diseases: social science research focuses on understanding how social, environmental and geographical, economic, and psychological factors influence such behaviours, alongside bio-behavioural processes. This programme seeks to develop interdisciplinary understanding of these influences in a way that may shape future policy and practice to maximise health and well-being at an individual and population level.

Information for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,500 (full-time) £2,250 (part-time)
International students
£19,800 (full time)

Learn more at the funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    part time
    48-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    part time
    72-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Sport and Health Sciences Research Degrees
+44 (0)1392 725150