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Sport & Exercise Science PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 85 Sport & Exercise Science PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

Embarking on a PhD in Sport and Exercise Science offers candidates a unique pathway into the advanced study of how the human body responds and adapts to exercise and physical activity. These research-focused degrees provides students with the opportunity to delve into a wide array of topics related to sports science, including biomechanics, physiology, psychology, nutrition, and performance analysis.

Through PhDs in Sports Science, candidates engage in rigorous research projects designed to enhance our understanding of athletic performance, injury prevention, and sports rehabilitation. This path is not merely an academic pursuit; it’s a journey towards contributing to the enhancement of health, fitness, and athletic achievement at all levels of society.

Why complete a PhD in Sport and Exercise Science?

A PhD in Sport and Exercise Science offers students the extraordinary opportunity to contribute to the field through original research. These programmes challenge candidates to explore complex questions concerning the optimisation of performance, the mechanisms underlying exercise-induced health benefits, and the most effective strategies for sports injury prevention and recovery.

By employing cutting-edge research methodologies and technology, doctoral research in sports science not only pushes forward the boundaries of knowledge in the field but also has practical applications that benefit athletes, coaches, and the general population. The interdisciplinary nature of these programmes allows candidates to combine insights from various scientific disciplines, enriching their research and its impact on sports science and exercise medicine.

In terms of employment, earning a PhD in Sport and Exercise Science opens up a wide range of career opportunities. Graduates are highly sought after in academic settings, where they can continue their research and teach the next generation of sports scientists. Beyond academia, PhD holders find rewarding careers in elite sport, working directly with athletes and teams to apply scientific principles to training and performance enhancement.

In the health and fitness industry, their expertise contributes to the development of exercise programmes that promote wellbeing across different populations. In addition, sports science PhDs play pivotal roles in sports technology companies, research institutions, and governmental bodies focused on public health, where they influence policy, product development, and health promotion initiatives.

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Examining mental health and wellbeing service provision for rugby players experiencing catastrophic injury (Ref: SSEHS/RFU)

Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) in rugby are rare, however the consequences are far-reaching. sustaining a catastrophic injury presents a rapid and life-altering shift in a rugby players’ personal and social identity and their day-to-day reality. Read more

Understanding the metabolic mechanisms underlying glucose tolerance in people with and without SCI

  Research Group: Centre for Nutrition, Exercise and Metabolism
Applications are invited for a three-year fully-funded studentship, to commence in September 2024, to work on a project under the supervision of Dr Jennifer Maher and Professor Javier Gonzalez. Read more

Creating effective and sustainable breast and bra education programmes for target groups

Applications are invited for a fully-funded three year PhD to commence in October 2024. . The PhD will be based in the Faculty of Science and Health, in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, and will be supervised by Professor Joanna Wakefield-Scurr and Dr Mike Rayner. . Read more

Fee waiver opportunity for UK students within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (Ref: SSEHS/Feewaiver24)

Applications are invited for studentships that cover the cost of UK tuition fees. The School’s research activity is organised within three themes - Lifestyle for Health & Wellbeing, Sport, Business & Society and Sport Performance. Read more

Virtually the same? Examining perception and learning in immersive VR. Public Health & Sport Science PhD Studentship (QUEX Institute Funded)

The QUEX Institute studentships are available for January 2024 entry. This prestigious programme provides full tuition fees, stipend of £19,237 p.a, travel funds of up to £15,000, and RTSG of £10,715 over the life of the studentship. Read more

Motivational dynamics during endurance performance (Ref: SSEHS/ITMD)

The ability to endure and persist is essential to success in sport and many other life contexts (e.g., military). Despite this importance, the ability to endure remains poorly understood, especially how physiological responses to exercise and motivation interact. Read more

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