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Sport Management PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students in the UK

We have 11 Sport Management PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students in the UK

A PhD in Sport Management gives doctoral students the chance to undertake in-depth research at the intersection between Sports and Business, exploring the ways in which sports organisations develop and flourish.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Sport Management?

PhDs in Sport Management cover a range of topics closely related to sports, games, athletic performance and commercial activity. Some of the research areas that you might investigate during a PhD in Sport Management include:

  • Arena management
  • Data-driven decision-making
  • Esports
  • Leadership
  • Recruitment
  • Sport facility management
  • Sport marketing
  • Sport policy governance
  • Youth development

Depending on the nature of your research interests, you may be able to explore cross-disciplinary projects related to Sports Law, Finance and Economics.

As well as completing a substantial research project in the form of a dissertation, you could also receive training in a selection of quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for a typical PhD in Sports Management usually involve a Bachelors and a Masters degree in a related subject. You’ll also need to submit a compelling research proposal detailing your study plans. You may also need some professional experience, depending on the programme.

PhD in Sport Management funding options

In the UK, PhDs in Sport Management are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which provides a tuition fee waiver and a living cost stipend. Depending on the programme, you may submit your own research proposal before being considered for funding, or apply for a project that already has funding attached.

It’s also possible to apply for a PhD loan to help with the costs of a doctorate in Sport Management (although this can’t be combined with Research Council funding). Other options for financial support include university scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships and charities.

If you’re considering a part-time PhD in Sport Management, it may also be worth asking your employer if they’re happy to sponsor you.

PhD in Sport Management careers

A PhD in Sport Management can prepare you for employment in a range of roles within different kinds of sports organisations and teams. Your research could also help you enter academia or become a teacher.

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Examining E-sport Cultures

Ulster University is thrilled to announce a funded PhD program that invites applicants to explore the fascinating world of e-sports, a rapidly growing area of digital entertainment and competition. Read more

The Impact of the Transition to Further and Higher Education on Health-behaviours (Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour)

Physical inactivity and excessive sedentary behaviour (SB) are established risk factors for various health conditions. Declining physical activity (PA) participation coincides with key transition periods across the life cycle, including the move to Higher Education (HE). Read more

The Feminisation of Sport Migration

  Research Group: Sport and Exercise Sciences
Background. Research into transnational sports labour migration (SLM) has increased significantly since the 1990s. This work was initially dominated by a macro-level approach. Read more

Acute and chronic effects of resistance training muscle length and contraction mode on hamstrings architecture, morphology and neuromuscular function

  Research Group: Sport and Exercise Sciences
It is possible to improve athletic performance and reduce injury risk by targeting specific resistance training adaptations. Muscles such as the hamstrings play a pivotal role in sports performance but are also highly susceptible to hamstring strain injuries. Read more

Understanding marginalisation and experiences of blue spaces and water sports

The unfolding of the Sars-CoV-2 pandemic and the lockdown restrictions that ensued have been accompanied in Britain by an increasing interest in recreational and educational activities establishing a direct relationship with the natural environment. Read more

Football in the community: Measuring the social impact of football clubs

Applications are invited for a fully-funded three-year PhD to commence in October 2024. . The PhD will be based in the Faculty of Business and Law, and will be supervised by Dr Christina Philippou, Dr Joe Cox and Dr Adam Cox. . Read more

School of Management

The School of Management is one of the UK's leading business schools. We are ranked 1st for Marketing (The Complete University Guide 2024), a position we have held since 2017. Read more

Leeds Beckett University - Carnegie School of Sport

RESEARCH THAT DRIVES CHANGE. The Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University is purposefully committed to fostering collaboration and effecting positive change. Read more
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