School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Postgraduate research

The range of research activity that happens within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences provides a stimulating environment for anyone considering postgraduate research.

The School very much welcomes enquiries from individuals wishing to study for postgraduate research degrees, such as MPhil and Phd degrees.
We have internationally active research staff across our three research themes who are ready to provide further details of possible project opportunities. 

What you can expect

  • A dynamic and active research community 

    You will be part of an international department engaged in wide-ranging research with an impact.


    A carefully designed system of supervision and monitoring will support you to achieve your maximum potential. You will receive support from our expert staff and have the opportunity to meet and work with other staff and students through research forums, seminars and involvement in research groups. There are also opportunities to broaden your experience through teaching.


    You will join an extensive postgraduate community at Loughborough University and enjoy the exceptional sports and campus facilities our outstanding single-site campus has to offer.

What does research training involve

Your MPhil/PhD study aims to provide a sound foundation for future research and career opportunities.

  • MPhil: 2 years full-time; 3 years part-time
  • PhD: 3 years full-time; 5 years part-time

You may be required to attend postgraduate Research Methods lectures and lab classes (2-4 hours per week) as part of your research training and you will also be encorouged to attend appropriate conferences and to submit poster and oral presentations.

Students register for either an MPhil or PhD and over the course of their studies progress is discussed and assessed at an annual review meeting.

At the end of your studies you will be required to submit a written thesis and attend a viva-voce examination.