Taught course

Sport and Exercise

University of Winchester · Department of Sports Studies

Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in a related subject or professional experience in the area of study.

Months of entry


Course content

MRes Sport and Exercise at Winchester seeks to develop student expertise in a specific aspect of the sport and exercise domain. Specifically students have the opportunity to focus on physiology, biomechanics, coaching, sociology, strength and conditioning, business, exercise and health, or medicine.

The programme is designed to offer bespoke postgraduate provision to students from a wide range of sport and exercise-focused backgrounds. The extended research project forms two thirds of the programme and enables students to undertake a year-long (full-time) research project of their choice. Students gain significant depth of experience under the supervision of the expert staff within the Department of Sport and Exercise.

Students are given the opportunity to tailor their programme of study to their own specific areas of interest. As a result eight separate award titles are available to students:

  • MRes Sport and Exercise (Physiology)
  • MRes Sport and Exercise (Biomechanics)
  • MRes Sport and Exercise (Coaching)
  • MRes Sport and Exercise (Sociology)
  • MRes Sport and Exercise (Strength and Conditioning)
  • MRes Sport and Exercise (Business)
  • MRes Sport and Exercise (Exercise and Health)
  • MRes Sport and Exercise (Medicine)

Students are supported when choosing which pathway to pursue.


  • Research Methods
  • Research in Practice
  • Psychology in Practice
  • Independent Study
  • Extended Research Project

A diverse range of teaching methods are employed on taught modules including seminar and workshop sessions interspersed with more formal lecture-style presentations from teaching staff and guest lecturers. Fostering critical self-reflection, and the ability to share these reflections with others, is central to learning on the programme. It encourages active participation, autonomous learning and passion for the subject and the process of learning. Students draw on their own experiences in a variety of ways throughout the programme.

Due to the diverse range of subject study options, graduates from the MRes programme progress to a wide range of professions. A particularly strong route is that on to completing a Doctoral research programme (PhD). Other avenues include professional qualification in the sport and exercise sciences (BASES), coaching, working in the exercise and health sector, teaching (school, further education and higher education), and aspects of the sports business industry.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.0 in academic writing) or equivalent approved test. International students seeking additional information about this programme can email International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Fees and funding

Home and EU tuition fee: £4900
International tuition fee: £10,900

Limited bursaries, scholarships and discounts are available - please see our website under 'Students and Money' for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries and Applications
+44 (0) 1962 827234