MPhil/PhD Health and Wellbeing

Duration MPhil: Full time 2-3 years; Part time 4-5 years
PhD: Full time 3-4 years; Part time 6-7 years
Discipline
  • Sport and Health Sciences
LocationExeter (St Luke‘s)
Start date September, January or April See note

Overview

The MPhil/PhD Health and Wellbeing forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTP), a partnership of the Universities of Exeter, Bristol, Bath, Plymouth and UWE. The SWDTP draws together the established research excellence of academic and research staff at the three institutions. As part of the MPhil/PhD Health and Wellbeing programme you will have supervisors from more than one discipline and more than one institution. Your home institution will be wherever your lead supervisor is based. Thus you will be able to benefit from the expertise of staff from a much wider base than is usual.

As a student of this programme you will 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.

Possible supervisors for the MPhil/PhD Health and Wellbeing may come from a range of disciplines at the University of Exeter, including:

Sport and Health Sciences

  • Physical Activity and Health Across the Lifespan Research Group

Psychology

Human Geography

University of Exeter Medical School

You will have access to numerous sessions, activities and resources through the SWDTP such as summer schools and advanced training events. In addition, you will have the opportunity to engage with events offered within the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, including reading groups and research seminar series. Further skills development is encouraged through our Researcher Development Programme.

An MRes Health and Wellbeing is also available, which can form the first year of a collaborative 1+3 (MRes + MPhil/PhD) pathway and includes further collaborative elements with all three institutions. Read details of the MRes Health and Wellbeing.

Programme structure

The normal study mode is full-time, however home/EU students may be able to study part-time. Visa regulations normally prevent international students from following this option, although it may be possible to undertake your research at a distance via split site study. This involves spending the majority of your time in your home country, although you will normally be expected to attend the University for limited periods and you will need to prove you have access to appropriate academic facilities locally such as libraries, labs, computers and desk space. Split site students are normally employed by, or registered with, a local institution, but receive support and supervision from staff at the University of Exeter. Some international students have also been resident in Exeter but returned to their home country to collect data.

Duration of study

Up to 4 years full-time, including submission and completion; up to 7 years part-time, including submission and completion

MPhil

The MPhil takes two to three years full-time to complete. Embarking on an MPhil and then progressing to a PhD does not increase the overall study period – you will still complete your thesis by the end of the third year of study.

PhD

The normal duration for a full-time PhD is three years full-time. This involves undertaking the research and writing the thesis. After the thesis is complete, some work may be required into the fourth year to prepare and undertake the viva (oral) examination and make any necessary amends to the thesis.

Assessment

The MPhil is assessed through a dissertation of up to 60,000 words.  Assessment of a PhD is normally by a written thesis of up to 100,000 words and viva (oral) examination.

Careers

Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter has an excellent reputation with employers and our graduates are extremely competitive in the employment market. Whatever path you want to follow after graduation, you will be well-placed for careers in a number of employment sectors including academia, sport, exercise, leisure management and consultancy, health promotion, finance and marketing.

Destinations of recent Sport and Health Sciences PhD graduates include (Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond):

Job TitleOrganisation

Associate Research Fellow
Green Exercise Project Officer
Lecturer
Lecturer in Exercise Physiology
Lecturer in Sports Sociology
Lecturer in Physical Education and Sports Pedagogy
Research Fellow
Teaching Fellow

Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine, University of Melbourne, Australia
Green Exercise North East, Groundwork Community Forests, Tyne and Wear, UK
University of Birmingham, UK
St. Mary's University College, Twickenham, UK
University of Bedfordshire, UK
University of Exeter Medical School, UK
University of East Anglia, UK
University of Northumbria, UK

Research training

Due to the applied nature of your postgraduate research, much of your knowledge will translate to real-world issues and advancements. You will be at the forefront of the very latest research developments, supported and encouraged by world-leading experts and state-of-the-art facilities.

You will be encouraged to participate in the University's Researcher Development Programme; this offers training in a wide range of generic and transferable skills in key areas such as research management, personal effectiveness, communication skills, networking, teamworking, and career management. There will also be opportunities to gain teaching experience, to broaden the scope of your knowledge, and to make presentations about your work in various forums. You will also be encouraged to publish your work as you progress through your research studies.

Entry requirements 2018

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. This would usually require a good 2:1 BSc degree for UK students.

Requirements 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.

TOEFL IBT*

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.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Start date

You can start in September, January or April but we strongly encourage a you to enrol in Term 1 in September as induction events are focused around this start date. However, we do permit MSc by Research/MPhil/PhD students to enrol either at the start of Term 1, Term 2 or Term 3 (see the University's term dates), or on the 1st of any other month except August, September and October.

Finance: fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2018/19

  • UK/EU: £4,500 full-time; £2,250 part-time
  • International: £19,800 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

Funding opportunities

Find out about current funding opportunities for Sport and Health Sciences research programmes.

Our research studies culture

Ranked 3rd in the UK for research^, the Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter offers a dynamic, flourishing and innovative environment at the cutting edge of world-leading research.

A passionate, innovative research environment

Due to the applied nature of your postgraduate research, much of your knowledge will translate to real-world issues and advancements. You will be at the forefront of the very latest research developments, supported and encouraged by world-leading experts and state-of-the-art facilities.

A supportive and inclusive environment

Both the University of Exeter, and the department of Sport and Health Sciences, are well-known for providing excellent student support. This is shown by the latest National Student Survey results, which placed us 1st in the UK for Sports Science. You will be given the autonomy to work independently but will also be given the right levels of support and guidance when needed. We try and structure your postgraduate studies to suit you, to ensure a demanding, yet positive experience.

Accessible and enthusiastic supervisors

We are an intimate, friendly and close-knit research community that provides you with excellent access to our world-leading academics. Supervisors operate an ‘open-door’ policy to students, as well as regular timetabled meetings, to ensure that you have excellent support during your studies.

An active event schedule

We provide a series of research seminars throughout the course of the academic year to help enhance your experience as a research student. As well as regular monthly research seminars, in which you can discuss your work and share ideas with students and staff, we also invite guest speakers from around the world to come and share their expertise with you. We also run a number of careers workshops, and every student is also given the opportunity to attend national and international conferences.

Exceptional opportunities to teach

All of our postgraduate students are encouraged to become involved in some level of teaching. Whether it is through the Graduate Teaching Scheme, or on an occasional basis volunteering in the laboratories, we provide the opportunity to suit your requirements and enhance your CV.

^Times Higher Education, REF 2014: subject ranking on intensity-weighted GPA

Contact us

We welcome enquiries about the degree, for further information contact:

Email: pgr-cles-admissions@exeter.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1392 725150

Potential applicants should first identify a member of academic staff who may be a suitable supervisor, and contact them by email to discuss possible directions for a research proposal. The research proposal must be agreed by the supervisor before an application to study can be made.

Programme structure

The normal study mode is full-time, however home/EU students may be able to study part-time. Visa regulations normally prevent international students from following this option, although it may be possible to undertake your research at a distance via split site study. This involves spending the majority of your time in your home country, although you will normally be expected to attend the University for limited periods and you will need to prove you have access to appropriate academic facilities locally such as libraries, labs, computers and desk space. Split site students are normally employed by, or registered with, a local institution, but receive support and supervision from staff at the University of Exeter. Some international students have also been resident in Exeter but returned to their home country to collect data.

Duration of study

Up to 4 years full-time, including submission and completion; up to 7 years part-time, including submission and completion

MPhil

The MPhil takes two to three years full-time to complete. Embarking on an MPhil and then progressing to a PhD does not increase the overall study period – you will still complete your thesis by the end of the third year of study.

PhD

The normal duration for a full-time PhD is three years full-time. This involves undertaking the research and writing the thesis. After the thesis is complete, some work may be required into the fourth year to prepare and undertake the viva (oral) examination and make any necessary amends to the thesis.

Assessment

The MPhil is assessed through a dissertation of up to 60,000 words.  Assessment of a PhD is normally by a written thesis of up to 100,000 words and viva (oral) examination.

Research training

Due to the applied nature of your postgraduate research, much of your knowledge will translate to real-world issues and advancements. You will be at the forefront of the very latest research developments, supported and encouraged by world-leading experts and state-of-the-art facilities.

You will be encouraged to participate in the University's Researcher Development Programme; this offers training in a wide range of generic and transferable skills in key areas such as research management, personal effectiveness, communication skills, networking, teamworking, and career management. There will also be opportunities to gain teaching experience, to broaden the scope of your knowledge, and to make presentations about your work in various forums. You will also be encouraged to publish your work as you progress through your research studies.

Our research studies culture

Ranked 3rd in the UK for research^, the Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter offers a dynamic, flourishing and innovative environment at the cutting edge of world-leading research.

A passionate, innovative research environment

Due to the applied nature of your postgraduate research, much of your knowledge will translate to real-world issues and advancements. You will be at the forefront of the very latest research developments, supported and encouraged by world-leading experts and state-of-the-art facilities.

A supportive and inclusive environment

Both the University of Exeter, and the department of Sport and Health Sciences, are well-known for providing excellent student support. This is shown by the latest National Student Survey results, which placed us 1st in the UK for Sports Science. You will be given the autonomy to work independently but will also be given the right levels of support and guidance when needed. We try and structure your postgraduate studies to suit you, to ensure a demanding, yet positive experience.

Accessible and enthusiastic supervisors

We are an intimate, friendly and close-knit research community that provides you with excellent access to our world-leading academics. Supervisors operate an ‘open-door’ policy to students, as well as regular timetabled meetings, to ensure that you have excellent support during your studies.

An active event schedule

We provide a series of research seminars throughout the course of the academic year to help enhance your experience as a research student. As well as regular monthly research seminars, in which you can discuss your work and share ideas with students and staff, we also invite guest speakers from around the world to come and share their expertise with you. We also run a number of careers workshops, and every student is also given the opportunity to attend national and international conferences.

Exceptional opportunities to teach

All of our postgraduate students are encouraged to become involved in some level of teaching. Whether it is through the Graduate Teaching Scheme, or on an occasional basis volunteering in the laboratories, we provide the opportunity to suit your requirements and enhance your CV.

^Times Higher Education, REF 2014: subject ranking on intensity-weighted GPA

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