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.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

Students of this programme 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.

The MPhil/PhD Health and Wellbeing forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC), a partnership of the universities of Exeter, Bristol and Bath. The SWDTC draws together the established research excellence of academic and research staff at the three institutions.

Department specialisms

Research is organised into two interdisciplinary research groups: bioenergetics and human performance and physical activity and health across the lifespan.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


part time
48-60 months
full time
24-36 months


full time
36-48 months
part time
72-84 months

Course contact details

Sport and Health Sciences Research Degrees
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