Research course

Sport and Exercise Science

University of Worcester · Institute of Sport and Exercise Science

Entry requirements

MPhil - First or Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent award in an appropriate discipline, or have appropriate research or professional experience which has resulted in appropriate evidence of achievement. PhD A Postgraduate Masters Degree in a discipline which is appropriate to the proposed programme of study or First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent award in an appropriate discipline or the applicant has appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of achievement. An applicant holding qualifications other than those specified above shall be considered on his or her merits. Evidence of ability and background knowledge must be provided in relation to the proposed topic and research degree. Any applicants whose first language is not English or who have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English must reach a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with a score of 7 in writing (or equivalent in an approved test in English) or otherwise demonstrate that they have an adequate command of both written and spoken English before starting a programme.

MPhil, MPhil/PhD and PhD

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Sport and Exercise Science.

Research at Worcester has grown significantly in the last 10 years as the University itself has expanded. As a research student you will join a vibrant student community in our Research School and become part of our dynamic research environment.

You will have the opportunity to be supervised by leading researchers in your field and take advantage of our rich Researcher Development programme which will help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to complete your research degree but also enhance the skills you will need in any future career.

Department specialisms

Applied sport and exercise psychology; exercise as an anxiolytic or modulator in depression and stress; psychological aspects of injury rehabilitation; Cycling biomechanics and bike fitting; Repeatability and variability of motion capture and gait analysis; Electromyography and interdisciplinary elements of pacing; Learning through Sport; Education & Excellence in Sport; Performance Analysis; Children in Sport; Physical Education; Perception and Action; Motor Control; Effect of observation on action; Movement Volition; Sport & Exercise Physiology; Globalisation, labour migration, the Olympic movement, sociology of the body and social theories; Interdisciplinary investigation of sport performance; Physical activity & exercise for health; Childhood obesity and adipose tissue distribution; Integrative exercise physiology; Pacing in sport; Acid-base and sport performance; Interdisciplinary analysis of pacing in sport; Emotions and affect in sports performance, psychological factors associated with sports performance

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
70 months
full time
48 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Louise Martin
01905 85 5149