Postgraduate research

The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences offers an exciting, interdisciplinary research environment, where research students work alongside expert staff with a diverse range of interests and experience.

By studying for a PhD with us, you will be joining a thriving research community of over 200 Doctoral Researchers from across the globe. You will add to world-leading research that has seen Loughborough ranked as the No.1 university in the world for sport-related subjects for the last eight years (QS rankings 2017-2024).

The aim of a PhD is to make a novel contribution to knowledge and to discover something that no-one else has done before. By doing so you will be contributing to the work we are doing to help shape the latest advancements across the sport, exercise and health sectors.

As a Doctoral Researcher at Loughborough you will be responsible for managing your own schedule and developing your own ideas and approach, while being supported every step of the way. You will be supported by at least two supervisors, who will be on-hand to provide support, as well as academic expertise.

We provide a number of funded studentships across a diverse range of disciplines within sport, exercise and health sciences, as well as welcoming research proposals relevant to our wide-ranging expertise, encompassing medicine, molecular biology, nutrition, biomechanics, economics, pedagogy, psychology, sociology, sport management and more.

Loughborough University is the best in the world for my field of study - that is sport. It is an absolute privilege to be able to live and study here. Since joining the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, I have grown immeasurably on all fronts. The University is equipped with excellent staff and resources which makes the learning and study experience very rich.

Lin Doctoral research graduate