Sport and Exercise Science - MRes

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Why study this course?

This Sport and Exercise Science MRes degree will provide you with a unique combination of research and teaching in higher education as you explore a research project in the area of sport and exercise science. The second element of the course is a teaching thread, in the first module you’ll discuss teaching and learning in higher education, followed by 120 hours of shadowing teachers and assisting them with taught higher education modules in sport and exercise science.

More about this course

The course is designed to provide a framework which will support you in working on a self-directed programme of research. The degree places an emphasis on research methods developed from Sport and Exercise Science and will introduce you to current debates on the nature of research and knowledge in relation to current teaching practice. You will develop advanced skills in writing proposals, reflective reports and essays to develop modes of writing as exploratory and communicative modes for practice.

Sport and Exercise Science research areas include physiology, biomechanics and performance analysis. Your degree would usually focus on one of these areas, but we welcome cross-discipline research projects.

Upon graduating you could pursue postgraduate study such as MPhil or PhD, or embark on a career in research and/or lecturing roles within higher education. You will be encouraged and supported to attend at least one relevant conference and produce at least one publishable paper.


Assessment will be primarily focussed on the MRes thesis. Other modules will contain a range of assessments including essays, presentations, log books, work experience and exams.

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a minimum upper second-class degree in the same relevant subject area as your MRes project topic
  • An application and interview will be required

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Modular structure

Example modules include:

  • Advanced Project Skills
  • Research and statistics
  • Project HE
  • Work placement
  • Facilitating Student Learning (FSL)

After the course

Upon completing the MRes you could pursue postgraduate study such as MPhil or PhD. This degree could propel you towards becoming a lecturer, a graduate teaching assistant, an associate lecturer or choosing a career in research. You could also work in professional research settings, private clinics, professional sports teams and organisations.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

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Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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