Social and Applied Sciences

MSc by Research Sport and Exercise Science 

Year of entry

20% Alumni discount

UK and EU Christ Church alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on self-funded Postgraduate Taught Masters and Masters by Research.

By studying the MSc by Research within the Section of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University you will be joining an experienced team of researchers and supervisors who deliver Internationally Excellent and World Leading research in this field. 

The course is designed for those who wish to work or undertake further study in the exercise and health industry.

Specifically, the course offers you the opportunity to study a breadth of topic areas, but also an element of self­ direction in the topics and practical skills that you would wish to enhance and be assessed on.

The course is of particular relevance, though not exclusive, to recent graduates of sport and exercise science, health science, or related disciplines.

Programme structure

We have four MSc by Research awards available. These are:

  • MSc by Research in Sport and Exercise Science.
  • MSc by Research in Sport and Exercise Psychology.
  • MSc by Research in Sport Policy and Development.
  • MSc by Research in Applied Health and Fitness.

Students from across our MSc by Research subject areas share a programme of study that explores the challenges common to all researchers. After these taught modules, students will then undertake an individual research project that will take the form of a dissertation or other research output agreed with their supervisor (e.g. two journal articles).

Full-time students will have 8 months to complete their research, while part-time students will have 20 months to complete. Upon successful completion of the Research Project students will be awarded an MSc by Research in their subject area.

The work in this field is organised across three key themes:

  • Clinical Exercise Science. This area includes research into the role of isometric and/or ambulatory exercise in reducing blood pressure, in cardiac rehabilitation, and in preventing cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome.
  • Human Performance. This area includes research into efficiency and economy in cycling and running performance, ergometry, and psychological factors that regulate or control performance (including placebo effects).
  • Policy, Politics and Education. This area includes research into Olympic and event legacy policy and education, public health and physical activity and sport policy in adults and children (including issues of sport, gender and the body), and tourism behaviours and life politics.

This is not an exhaustive list, and please contact a relevant discipline supervisor from the list below to discuss your thoughts and ideas/proposal for the MSc by research.

Within the Section of Sport and Exercise Sciences our research contributes to the Centre for Sport, Physical Education & Activity Research (SPEAR), and Sports Lab, both of which provide research-informed scientific advice to organisations and sportspeople at a local, national and international level. 

Assessment will take many forms including traditional essays, team assignments, reflective logs, oral presentations, etc. All assessments will be completed before the end of the first term. You must pass all modules (40 credits) to progress to the research stage of the course. If any module is failed you’ll have one opportunity to resubmit prior to continuing with the research component of the module.

The largest part of the assessment will be based on your research output(s). Working with your Supervisor, you will have to decide what format the research output(s) will take. It may be a dissertation of approximately 16,000-20,000 word equivalent or a couple of research reports or research papers each of approximately 8,000 words in length. It may be possible that the research output could take some different form, e.g. an invention or patent, but a written component would still be required. The research output(s) will be assessed by an external examiner and you must pass this component of the module to receive the award of MSc.

This programme is designed to enhance the employment prospects of those that want to work in applied exercise and health sciences by developing both academic knowledge and an advanced practical skill set for varied roles within this industry.

The course is suited for those interested in careers such as exercise rehabilitators, exercise physiologists, health care scientists, health improvement specialists, or various roles in the health and fitness industry or further study.

One such potential career path is described by a local Community Health Foundation Trust employee:

"My job as Team Lead for the Exercise and Lifestyle team in the Community Cardiac Rehabilitation Service is varied and rewarding. The role allows me to contribute to the recovery of service users that have had a recent cardiac event, by facilitating them in making positive lifestyle changes, increasing habitual exercise and physical activity. Often the service users’ quality of life is also substantially increased."


2019/20 tuition fees for this course

Full-time  £5,380 £12,420
Part-time  £2,690  N/A

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2019/20 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Government loans of up to £10,690 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2018. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948

Read more about postgraduate masters student loans.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 1 year full-time
    2 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • A first class or upper second class honours degree in Sport Sciences or a relevant discipline is required.
  • Holders of other qualifications will be considered individually.




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