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The application process

Applying to study by research differs considerably from the application process for taught postgraduate programmes.

However, before you apply, you are advised to contact the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences to establish whether the appropriate expertise is available to offer supervision for the research thesis. It is very important that you make informal contact with your chosen department before completing an application, since it cannot be processed without support of the appropriate supervisory expertise. The supervisor will probably want to discuss your proposal with you, so you should consider what you might want to discuss, such as:

  • Your familiarity with current research in your area
  • Gaps in the current research literature
  • How you see the role of your supervisor in your work – what your expectations are
  • The supervisor’s active research interests and background
  • How much time your supervisor considers appropriate to dedicate to your project
  • The research environment in your supervisor’s department
  • What facilities you might need, and whether these will be readily available to you

To discuss your research and the supervisory expertise within Sport and Exercise Sciences, all enquiries should be made to Professor Jamie Highton You might also wish to view staff webpages to identify appropriate research interests and supervisory expertise.

How to apply

Application for MPhil or PhD degrees is now online and can be found on the University’s Research pages.

Additional details about postgraduate study, including fees and funding, can be found on the University’s Research pages.