Research course

Sport and Health Sciences

University of Exeter · Sport and Health Sciences
MSc by research

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Entry requirements

Applicants will typically hold (or be expected to attain) a first class or high upper second class degree in Sport and Health Sciences or a related subject (or equivalent qualifications from other countries) and demonstrate an ability to undertake independent research study.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

The University of Exeter offers a Masters by Research in Sport and Health Sciences in an outstanding international research-active environment.

The Bioenergetics and human performance research group adopts integrated physiological, psychological and biomechanical lines of enquiry to enhance human performance. Research specialisms include muscle metabolism and oxygen uptake, lower limb injury mechanisms, and cognitive and psychosocial determinants of human performance.

The Physical activity and health research group links pre-clinical laboratory and fundamental research with epidemiological and intervention studies to enhance our understanding of the relationship between physical activity and health . One focus is on the precise measurement of physical activity to enable better quantification of movement and its relationship between physical activity and health.

In addition, the Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre (CHERC) is devoted to the study of the exercising child and adolescent and to the promotion of young people’s health and well-being, whether in relation to sport or clinical patient groups.

Department specialisms

Our research is organised into two interdisciplinary research groups: Bioenergetics and Human Performance, and Physical Activity and Health Across the Lifespan.

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 fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc by research
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Research Degrees
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