Sport and Exercise Science - MPhil/PhD

The University’s research is recognised as reaching international standards of excellence, with the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise rating the majority of research activity as being of international quality.

The key research focus for the area is Clinical Exercise Science, Human Performance and Policy, Politics & Education.

In addition, the Centre for Sport, Physical Education and Activity Research (SPEAR), which works to develop collaborative research across and outside the University, and SportsLab, an applied sports performance research and consultancy unit, are based in the University.

Those interested in research in these areas should contact Dr Ian Wellard.

Available MPhil and PhD supervisors

Dr James Brighton:

  • disability sport and identity
  • fitness cultures and body perfectionism
  • narrative methodologies.

Dr Mat Brown:

  • kayaking biomechanics
  • applied sport scientific support
  • golf biomechanics.

Dr Dikaia Chatziefstathiou:

  • olympism, olympic values and Olympic education
  • sport and social capital
  • historical narratives of sport.

Dr Damian Coleman:

  • sport performance
  • exercise efficiency
  • nutrition for sport and exercise.

Dr Suzanne Dowse:

  • leisure, sport and the health agenda
  • the impact of events
  • politics of events and leisure/sport.

Dr Abby Foad:

  • placebo effects in sport and exercise
  • children's physical literacy
  • sport, exercise and physical activity for young people.

Dr Hayley Mills:

  • attitudes to exercise during pregnancy
  • the processes of physical activity related behaviour change
  • the psychological outcomes of exercise participation.

Dr Jamie O’Driscoll:

  • exercise physiology
  • echocardiography
  • cardiopulmonary exercise testing.

Dr Jon Swain:

  • perceptual anticipation in sport performance
  • coaching and skill acquisition
  • psychological demands of performance.

Dr Mark Uphill:

  • emotion and emotion regulation
  • applied sport psychology
  • mental simulations and behaviour change (e.g., counterfactual thinking).

Professor Mike Weed:

  • legacies of the olympic and paralympic games and other sports events
  • physical activity policy and promotion
  • the relationship between sport and tourism.

Dr Ian Wellard:

  • sociology of sport and the body
  • sociology of gender and sport
  • youth sport and physical activity.

Dr Jonathan Wiles:

  • isometric exercise and blood pressure
  • fitness training methods
  • nutritional ergogenic aids.

How to apply

Applicants are strongly advised to explore the research interests of available supervisors and to contact the appropriate staff member before making a formal application.

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Location Length Start  
MPhil/PhD Sport & Exercise Science apply
Canterbury 42 months full-time September 2020
MPhil/PhD Sport & Exercise Science apply
Canterbury 42 months full-time February 2021
MPhil/PhD Sport & Exercise Science apply
Canterbury 66 months part-time September 2020
MPhil/PhD Sport & Exercise Science apply
Canterbury 66 months part-time February 2021

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