Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences MPhil, PhD

Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
Entry requirements:
2:1 +
3 years (PhD), 2 years (MPhil)
6 years (PhD), 4 years (MPhil)
Start date:
January, April, July, October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:



in the world for sport-related subjects

QS World University Rankings by subject 2017


in the UK for Sports Science

The Complete University Guide 2018


Our aim is to increase knowledge, skills and experience in sport, exercise and health sciences through internationally excellent research in the themes of Performance, Lifestyle and Participation. We have extensive links and research contracts with industry and education partners as well as with sport and health organisations.

Our staff are renowned internationally for the quality of their teaching and research, which has influenced policy and practice around the world. We are ranked 1st in the World for Sport-related Subjects (QS Subject Rankings 2017).

Knowledge gained from our research underpins the teaching and variety of learning experiences offered through the School’s comprehensive range of postgraduate taught and research degrees.

Our staff expertise, combined with on-going investment in buildings, teaching facilities, laboratories and equipment, makes the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences a stimulating, multi-disciplinary environment in which to study.

Our important, cutting edge research regularly sees the School making headlines and appearing on television and radio, such is Loughborough's prominence in the fields of health, sport, exercise and biomedical science.

The establishment of a pioneering sport and exercise medicine centre at Loughborough - one of three regional hubs that, together, form the country's first ever National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine - further cements our reputation at the forefront of these fields.

We have extensive state-of-the-art facilities, which span a range of disciplines: physiology, nutrition and biochemistry; psychology; human biology; sports policy and management; physical activity and health; biomechanics; physical education.

You will have access to these facilities and learn the most advanced skills and techniques in order to conduct leading research.

Research within the School is classified broadly into three themes: Performance in Sport, Lifestyle for Health and Wellbeing, and Participation in Sport and Exercise.

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally required to have at least a 2:1 degree at undergraduate level, or a master’s degree.

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

Our facilities

We are proud to offer postgraduate students the most advanced facilities for learning and research. The School is based inside an £8 million development, housing 27 laboratories with specialist equipment for the study of human biology, psychology, physiology, and biomechanics. These include the latest physiological, molecular and environmental technologies, two climatic chambers and bespoke training and testing equipment.

Research areas

Sports Performance

The objectives of this theme are to understand and enhance sport and exercise performance across the ability range by investigating the factors influencing, and methods for improving, human performance in sport and exercise. These objectives encompass the physiological, pedagogical, biomechanical and psychological aspects of performance as well as injury prevention and rehabilitation. A further objective is to analyse the social, political and economic context within which performance sport takes place.

Lifestyle for Health and Wellbeing

The objectives of the theme are to improve human health and wellbeing throughout the lifespan by considering the social, behavioural and biological determinants and consequences of human lifestyles with specific emphases on physical activity, nutrition and chronic disease.

Participation in Sport and Exercise

The objectives of the theme are to analyse the sociological, economic, psychological, political, organisational and behavioural factors which inhibit and facilitate community participation in sport and exercise.

Your personal and professional development

Support from your supervisor

You will be assigned a primary and secondary supervisor who provide academic and personal support, along with the Director of Research Degree Programmes who oversees progress.

You will have a desk, workstation, allowance for photocopying and inter-library loans, plus the opportunity to apply for conference travel grants.

Skills and experience

A PhD programme will give you the opportunity to develop new and highly sought after skills which can set you up for a range of careers. It’s a chance to make a novel contribution to knowledge, to become a world expert in a particular field, and it can open a range of doors with different employers. You'll also enhance your interpersonal skills, such as networking and relationship building, which will be invaluable in your future career.

In addition to the University’s extensive training provision, we provide research training, including seminars and modules in advanced research methods, and events such as the School’s Research Student Conference and Research Café, which provide opportunities for exchange and networking.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Who you'll be working with

How to apply

If you can't find a suitable PhD opportunity that fits your interests and experience from our funded (studentships) and unfunded opportunities, you can submit a research proposal to the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences in the hope of finding a supervisor who will work with you on your dream project.

You should apply online and submit your degree certificate (if already graduated), academic transcript, two academic references and evidence of your English language ability. Research proposals should be a maximum of 1,000 words and include the aims of your study, a brief literature review, an outline of the proposed research methods, and your preferred member of staff to supervise the project. You are strongly recommended to contact us before submitting an application for preliminary discussions regarding topics, availability and funding.