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Focus on a specific research area within Sport

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Bishop Otter Campus (Chichester)

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Discover our new suite of MRes routes within Sport

Here at the University of Chichester, we have established a reputation for sport, exercise and health-related research and have a proven track record of excellence in teaching, research and applied sport and exercise science.

Our suite of new MRes programmes allow you to learn from a team of internationally-recognised researchers as you focus on a specific research area within Sport.

Your MRes studies will focus on this specific area as you work towards a significant independent research project that acts as the culmination of your studies.

The Course

Work towards a significant independent research project

We offer a range of opportunities and ways of studying (full-time, & part-time) and inter-disciplinary research (such as dance science) can also be accommodated.

You will be able to undertake a supervised project across a range of research themes, including:

Enhancing Sport Performance

Researchers in this theme deliver research and consultancy to athletes, coaches, officials, sporting organisations and schools aimed at enhancing the performance, development and wellbeing of coaches, athletes and teachers.

Occupational Performance

Through the Institute’s Occupational Performance Research Group (OPRG), researchers deliver multidisciplinary research and consultancy to enhance the selection, performance, protection and health of personnel working within physically demanding occupations, such as the military, emergency services and industry.

Health and Wellbeing

Sport and physical activity have been shown to have enormous benefits for our physical and mental wellbeing. Researchers in this theme develop understanding of the impacts of physical activity and how to promote it in a wide range of settings and populations.

Nutritional Supplementation

Research activity in this theme revolves around examining the physical, cognitive and health benefits of nutritional strategies and supplements.

Diversity and Equality in Sport

Researchers in this theme explore how inclusivity and diversity can be achieved in and through sport. The principle focus is gender equity in sports leadership and other research projects include the science of women’s football and children’s experiences of health and wellbeing.

Optimising Practice in PE

Sport and physical activity have long been considered to be a powerful factor in promoting childhood health and wellbeing. Our researchers are interested in how and when physical activity, sport and physical education experiences can promote such well-being changes and how we can better promote health and well-being through physical activity.

Research Dissertation

The research dissertation element of the course will consist of a series of assessed tasks that support the production of a final journal article submission and conference presentation.

These may include: proposal, extended literature review, ethical review application, PhD or funding proposal and reflective log. These are intended to provide developmental experiences that will enhance your research skills.


Discover a wide range of excellent sporting facilities that support your learning

Teaching and Assessment

Learn from experienced experts and specialists

The MRes degree programme aims to provide you with an outstanding learning experience in a supportive community of learning.

On application, you will be asked to provide an indication of their research topic and the methods that they will employ.

On the basis of this you will be assigned a supervisor (and second supervisor) who will guide you through the process of developing your research idea and will agree which taught elements will most support the delivery of the research programme.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2024/25

UK fee (full-time)
International fee

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fees page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

  • An honours degree at 2:1 or higher in a related discipline. This could include degrees in medicine, sport, biomedical sciences, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, or physiology.
  • In addition, candidates are required to have practical experience relating to their research question.
  • Applicants with extensive relevant industry experience with a 2.2 in a relevant field, and applicants with a first or upper second classification in a non-specified field with work experience in a relevant environment will be referred to the Programme leader for consideration.
  • You will also be required to attend an interview.
  • For students whose first language is not English, there is a requirement to achieve an IELTS tariff of 7 with no individual component below 6.5.

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