Research course

Sport and Exercise

University of Gloucestershire · Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Care
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

  • MA by Research/MRes/MPhil: you will need a masters degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic • we normally consider applications from candidates from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Sport and Exercise is one of the largest providers of higher education in sport and exercise science in the UK. The school plays host to a vibrant academic community where creative research comes together with cutting-edge scholarship to facilitate the needs of partners from business, community, education, government and voluntary organisations.

The impact of the research undertaken in the school on people, policy and practice was recently rated as world leading internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. This research significantly contributes to a learningled, research informed environment.

The school hosts two active research centres: the Exercise and Sport Research Centre (ESRC), and the Centre for Sport, Spirituality and Religion (CSSR), which sit within the university research priority area of Sport, Exercise, Health and Wellbeing. A well-established research culture greets incoming students who join a large community of postgraduate scholars and a thriving research environment. Students are encouraged to present their research findings at local, national and international conferences and via internal events.

The school is located at the purpose-built Oxstalls campus on the outskirts of the city of Gloucester and provides excellent facilities for research, networking and professional development. Research students benefit from dedicated workspaces and learning resources.

Department specialisms

• physical activity and wellbeing • pre/rehabilitation through sport and exercise • sport performance • sport, spirituality and religion

Qualification and course duration


full time
30-48 months
part time
48-84 months


part time
30-60 months
full time
18-36 months

MSc by research

full time
12-24 months
part time
18-36 months

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+ 44 (0)3330 141414