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Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences PhD

Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences PhD

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Full time | Loughborough University | 3 years | APR-23

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Full time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Medical Sciences Sports / Movement Science

Course type


Course Summary


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 is helping to shape the latest advancements across the sport, exercise and health sectors.

Ranked first in the world for sports-related subjects for six years in a row by the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2017-2022), our research activity encompasses a broad range of social and natural sciences within the themes of:


  • sport performance
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  • lifestyle for health and wellbeing
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  • sport, business and society
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    A number of funded studentships across a diverse range of disciplines within sport, exercise and health sciences are on offer, 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.

    We have extensive links and research contracts with industry and education partners, as well as with sport and health organisations. We also have extensive state-of-the-art facilities to give you the advanced skills and techniques needed to conduct leading research.

    As well as benefiting from the expertise of our academic staff and ongoing investment in world-leading facilities at the University of the Year for Sport, our Doctoral Researchers are able to take advantage of access to our internationally recognised research centres:


  • The National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (East Midlands)
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  • The Leicester Biomedical Research Centre
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  • The Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport
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  • The Centre for Lifestyle Medicine and Behaviour
  • Your Future Career

    Graduates who have undertaken postgraduate research degrees in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences are ideally prepared for research careers in academia or with research institutions.

    Our recent graduates have also gone onto careers with the NHS, Archery GB, the English Institute of Sport, the Chamber of Advocates - Malta, Kuwait Television, and the British Wheelchair Rugby Association.

    Graduate roles include Research Associate, Senior Lecturer in Sports Science, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Senior Bioinformatician, Performance Nutritionist, and Sports Scientist.

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    Entry requirements

    Postgraduate research degrees delivered in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, require applicants to have a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) or a master’s degree in a relevant subject, in addition to any specific criteria related to the individual research project.