MPhil/PhD Sport and Health Sciences

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 University of Exeter is one of the foremost Sport and Health Sciences research departments anywhere in the UK. Our academics are recognised as being world-leading experts in their chosen fields. We continue to pursue research of international excellence across the discipline, as recognised in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), the UK government’s main measure of quality of universities’ research.

Successfully completing an MPhil or PhD entails undertaking an in-depth study of a particular topic and making an original contribution to knowledge in the field. Our MPhil/PhD students are actively involved in work at the cutting edge of research activities within Sport and Health Sciences at Exeter. Our research students benefit from modern study suites, are provided with a personal computer with internet access and specialised software, and have access to generous travel funds.

This research-intensive environment is crucial to our continued success, with the knowledge, expertise and skills of our academic staff underpinning the study experience of all our students and researchers

As a research student in Sport and Health Sciences at Exeter, you will study within an experienced support structure including:

  • Professors, Associate Professors, Readers, Senior Lecturers, Lecturers and Research Fellows;
  • full technical and administrative support;
  • a programme of workshops and seminars, including sessions with internationally recognised visiting academics.

Our research students have:

  • presented their work to international conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals prior to graduation;
  • won numerous international and national awards for research excellence;
  • all moved into full-time employment on graduation;
  • work in universities all over the UK as well as in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mexico, Portugal, Singapore and the USA.

Find out about our research, and the specific research interests of our staff and research students.

Exeter is a university of the highest standards for teaching and research in Sport and Health Sciences, with a friendly welcoming community atmosphere, in a fantastic setting.

Sport and Health Sciences postgraduate research student.

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

Entry requirements 2017

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.

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.

Postgraduate research students are generally required to complete a Sport and Health Sciences taught methods course initially.  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, whether through the Graduate Teaching Scheme or on an occasional basis volunteering in the laboratories, 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.

Finance: fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2017/18

  • UK/EU: £4,400 full-time; £2,200 part-time
  • International: £19,050 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 723310

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.

Postgraduate research students are generally required to complete a Sport and Health Sciences taught methods course initially.  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, whether through the Graduate Teaching Scheme or on an occasional basis volunteering in the laboratories, 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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