- Extend your understanding of the social science underpinning the development of effective interventions, strategies and policies aimed at sustainable improvement in health and wellbeing, and reducing physical and psychological health inequalities
- Examine contemporary issues related to modifiable disease risk behaviours, and the determinants and correlates of these lifestyle behaviours across the lifespan
- Develop an understanding of the interdisciplinary skills and processes to translate scientific research into practical health and wellbeing applications
- Prepare for a career as a professional researcher in either academic or non-academic environments
Top 30 in the world for Sports-related subjects
21st in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2023
Top 5 in the UK for Sports Science
4th (joint) in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
1st in the UK for world-leading research in Sports Science
Research Excellence Framework 2021 based on 4* research submitted to UoA24 Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism
Normally a minimum 2:1 degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline.
Applicants who do not meet the exact published entry criteria should also submit a personal statement outlining why they wish to study this programme.
Entry requirements for international students
English language requirements
International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.
This programme is designed to enhance your interdisciplinary understanding of the social, biological and environmental drivers of individual health behaviours and interventions appropriate to develop health and wellbeing. It will extend your understanding of the social science that underpins the development of effective interventions, strategies and policies aimed at sustainable improvement in health and wellbeing, and reducing physical and psychological health inequalities.
The programme examines contemporary issues related to modifiable disease risk behaviours, and the determinants and correlates of these lifestyle behaviours across the lifespan. You will develop an understanding of the interdisciplinary skills and processes to translate scientific research into practical health and wellbeing applications.
MRes Health and Wellbeing forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council South West Doctoral Training Partnership - a hub of world-class social science research comprising five South West universities. The MRes also forms the first part of a collaborative (MRes + MPhil/PhD) pathway, which includes further collaborative elements with the Universities of Bath, Bristol and the West of England. Read more about the MPhil/PhD in Sport and Health Sciences.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
UK fees per year:
£10,450 full-time; £5,250 part-time
International fees per year:
£29,700 full-time; £14,850 part-time
We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have Global Excellence Scholarships available for international fee paying students applying for January 2024 entry and September 2024 entry.* For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.
*Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details of eligible programmes and candidates. Awards may vary from year to year.
Teaching and research
Learn from experts
Ranked 1st in the UK for research*, all of our teaching staff are active researchers and their work informs public policy on exercise and health. For example, we provide scientific support and consultancy services to national and international athletes and teams including Rugby Football Union, England and Wales Cricket Board, and the Football Association. Some of our academics sit on the UK Chief Medical Officer’s physical activity expert group, which informs government policy on physical activity guidelines.
How you'll learn
The MRes Health and Wellbeing adopts a range of small-group teaching methods alongside encouraging independent study. An innovative element of the programme is its integrated inter-institutional teaching through the ‘Contemporary Debates in Lifestyle Behaviours and Public Health’ interdisciplinary module. This module provides an insight into the challenges of working across disciplines with staff and fellow students.
Specifically, you will be exposed to the following learning and teaching methods:
- guest speaker presentations
- virtual learning and online interaction.
A variety of assessment methods will be utilised, including essays, presentations and exams.
*Research Excellence Framework 2021 based on 4* research submitted to UoA24 Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism
The programme aims to prepare you for a career as a professional researcher in either academic or non-academic environments. It provides you with a range of transferable skills appropriate to Masters-level research within this theme, and is a solid foundation for embarking on doctoral level studies. Upon graduation you should be well-equipped to progress to PhD study or work in the area of health and wellbeing policy and practice.
Our careers teams at the Career Zone can help guide you through a wealth of information to match your skills and interests to a career that will suit you. Our staff work with regional, national and international employers to develop new work placement, project and graduate opportunities.
Below are a few examples of initial jobs undertaken by graduates of University of Exeter Sport and Health Sciences Masters programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2016/17. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.
Recent graduates are now working as:
- Football Systems Operator
- Health Adviser
- Sports Science Testing Assistant
- Strength and Conditioning Intern
Recent graduates are now working for:
- Exeter City Football Club
- Petroc College
- Southampton Football Club
- Zuyd University of Applied Sciences
Further study is a popular choice for a number of students following graduation from a University of Exeter Sport and Health Sciences Masters programmes. Below are a few examples of further study undertaken by recent graduates of our Masters programmes. This information has been taken from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2016/17.
- PhD in Sport and Exercise Science
- MPH Sport and Health Sciences