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MPhil/PhD Research Degrees – Sport and Physical Activity

Study for a higher degree by research in one of our well-respected sport and physical activity research centres. During your studies you are trained in research methods and complete a high level research project. We encourage and support you to present your findings at national and international conferences to help launch your academic career.

Course description

Study for a higher degree by research in one of our well-respected centres. Across our Sport Industry Research Centre, Centre for Sport and Exercise Science and Centre for Sports Engineering Research we focus on cutting edge applied research in sport and physical activity.

On this course you are part of a vibrant community of postgraduates, working closely with experienced academics to develop your knowledge and expertise.

We support a wide range of research opportunities and help you work towards your research degree by offering
• supervision by active researchers in your chosen area
• access to excellent facilities and learning resources
• part-time teaching and tutorial work to broaden your experience
• lively debate and discussion with your peers

You have the opportunity to choose from a range of research topics and are encouraged to circulate your research by publishing papers and attending conferences with other staff and students.

To gain an MPhil you critically investigate and evaluate an approved topic and display an understanding of suitable research methods. During the PhD stage you continue this research work with the aim of making an original contribution to knowledge and understanding in your subject area. You present your work in a thesis, then explain and defend it during an oral viva voce examination.

Our main areas of sport and physical activity expertise are reflected in our research programmes. These include • the economics of sport • physical activity for health • elite sport • exercise physiology • event impact • performance management • sports engineering • biomechanics • programme evaluation • equipment mechanics • sports participation • workplace wellness • psychology • volunteers in sport • sport analytics • strategic planning.

In addition to well respected research profiles, many members of our academic team have extensive experience of applied work as consultants with elite sports, governing bodies and healthcare organisations in the UK and internationally.

A number of the team also have honorary academic appointments with universities in several European countries, and we have extensive collaborations with universities in Europe, North American, Australia, East Asia and the Middle East.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Typically you need

• an appropriate masters degree or an honours degree 2.1 or above, from a UK higher education institution

or

• a qualification the University considers as being equivalent. Other qualifications and experience are considered on their merits.

You must also complete an interview in person or by phone with the prospective director of studies, the postgraduate tutor and one other member of the academic staff and provide two satisfactory references.

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

International students

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of at least 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English.

If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level. An offer of a research degree place may be made subject to a completing our Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes course.

2018 entry requirements

Typically you need

• an appropriate masters degree or an honours degree 2.1 or above, from a UK higher education institution

or

• a qualification the University considers as being equivalent. Other qualifications and experience are considered on their merits.

You must also complete an interview in person or by phone with the prospective director of studies, the postgraduate tutor and one other member of the academic staff and provide two satisfactory references.

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

International students

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of at least 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English.

If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level. An offer of a research degree place may be made subject to a completing our Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes course.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

MPhil
Full-time – 18 months to 24 months
Part-time – 30 months to 36 months

PhD
Full-time – 24 to 48 months
Part-time – 36 to 84 months

If you are receiving funding from external sources, you may be expected to meet different timescales as stipulated by your funding body.

Starts September, January or May.

Typical modules may include

Research training

When you begin your research, we allocate you a director of studies and one or two supervisors. Regular meetings between you and your supervisors are scheduled, with targets set for written and oral presentation of research progress.

As part of you personal, academic and professional development you undertake a training needs analysis. This identifies a bespoke programme of training you engage with during your studies such as • research methods training • computer software courses • research seminars • scientific writing courses.

Assessment Thesis followed by viva voce examination.

Employability

Research degrees are a vital qualification for most academic careers, and for professional specialisation and development in an existing or planned career.

Fees

Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2017/18 academic year

Full-time – typically £4,195 a year, plus a final writing up fee of £500
Part-time – typically £2,098 a year, plus a final writing up fee of £250

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,280 are available across the majority of subject areas.

International student

Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs information

How to apply

Complete the application form available on our research pages.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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