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About the Programme

RESEARCH THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE Our research degrees are for people that want to solve problems. People who listen, and collaborate. People who aren't afraid to think differently, and cross disciplines.

Every day, we work on real-world issues, with industry and academic partners from all walks of life. With more than 150 research students working in a range of fields, you'll be part of a community that's changing society through sport.

The Carnegie School of Sport is an increasingly attractive destination for those wanting to work on projects of real-world significance that are co-produced with practitioners, industry experts and policy-makers in the world of sport and physical activity. The School prides itself on its high level of applied research activity and thriving community of research students working alongside academics with a range of cutting-edge specialisms. Our academics are globally recognised for their research on doping prevention, weight management, sport coaching effectiveness and professional practice, physical activity promotion and equity and difference in PE and sport. In addition, new areas of research strength are emerging including rugby science, performance in extreme environments and healthy ageing.

We welcome applications to our studentship opportunities as well as fee-paying candidates who wish to work with our academic staff on their own research projects.

Our academic staff are pleased to help prospective students develop their research proposals as part of the application process. They are happy for prospective research students to visit the School to see the facilities and to meet academic staff and research students. For any enquiries, please contact Samantha Sherman, Research Support Co-ordinator in the Carnegie School of Sport Office at or visit our School reserach degrees webpage.

Doctor of Professional Practice in Sport (DProf Sport)

Delivered part-time, the DProf Sport programme allows you the opportunity to combine your current job role with your drive to advance theory and practice and gain doctoral-level recognition within your specific area of study. The DProf Sport integrates part-time doctoral level study with continuing professional practice. It is therefore ideal for those who wish to study at doctoral level whilst maintaining their professional commitments. The programme aims to support experienced professionals working within sport to develop evidence-led solutions to their 'real world' workplace problems and gain a formal qualification at the same time. For more information please visit our Doctor of Professional Practice webpage or contact Professor Kevin Till.

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Also visit our Leeds Beckett Graduate School for more information about applying to Leeds Beckett for a Postgraduate Award.


Funding Notes

The PhD opportunities on this programme do not have funding attached. You will need to have your own means of paying fees and living costs and / or seek separate funding from student finance, charities or trusts.

How good is research at Leeds Beckett University in Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 48.60

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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