School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

PhD opportunities

Ranked 1st in the UK for the overall quality of research and 1st for research outputs, impact and research environment - a great place to pursue your research career.

Research is an essential component of the School's activity and purpose. We believe that it is very important to invest in excellent postgraduate (PhD) training and research infrastructure, and to maintain an intellectually stimulating environment that supports high quality research. The School has a dynamic and vibrant research community of more than 140 PhD students

We provide opportunities to study for PhD across a diverse range of disciplines within sport, exercise and health sciences. The School’s research and PhD opportunities are broadly divided into three thematic areas: Sports Performance, Lifestyle for Health and Well-being, and Participation in Sport & Exercise.
Prospective students can apply for:
  • Funded PhD studentships researching a pre-defined topic
  • A self-funded PhD researching a pre-defined topic
  • A self-funded PhD researching a topic you propose

All opportunities on pre-defined topics (funded and self-funded) are shown within our three research themes:


To propose a topic applicants can submit a proposal, or discuss their ideas with a member of academic staff with relevant interests (view our staff pages here) in order to develop a proposal and then apply.

There are four available start dates during the academic year: 1st January, 1st April, 1st July, 1st October.

Further guidance on how to apply for a PhD can be found in the step-by-step guide here.