MPhil, PhD Postgraduate research opportunities in Sport and Exercise Science

Start date(s)
October 2021
February 2022
June 2022
Study mode
PhD Full-time: 4 years
PhD Part-time: 7 years
MPhil Full-time: 2 years
MPhil Part-time: 4 years

Tuition fees 21/22

Home (full-time, per year): £4,500

Home (part-time, per year): £2,250

International (full-time, per year): £16,100

International (part-time, per year): £8,050

International distance PhD (FT/year): £8,600

International distance PhD (PT/year): £4,300

Write up fee (MPhil/PhD): £500 (writing up fee)


About this course

Excellent research opportunities await at the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, enabling you to work at the forefront of developments with leading experts.

  • Study full or part-time over two to seven years
  • Choose from a wide range of subject areas (see Details tab for more information)
  • Complete your research degree (MPhil/PhD) in a Faculty known for its internationally-acclaimed research and state-of-the-art facilities
  • Explore scholarship opportunities 
  • Benefit from expert supervision and researcher training
  • Enjoy excellent facilities and great employment connections

 

You will be allocated up to four supervisors, including a Lead Supervisor who will work with you throughout your studies and provide you with appropriate levels of support and guidance.

Throughout your studies, you will also have the support of LJMU’s Doctoral Academy which offers expert advice and guidance to those enrolled on MPhil and PhD programmes.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)


  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.

Employability

Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (Graduate Outcomes, 2018/19) of our postgraduates in work or further study 15 months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

Studying for a postgraduate research degree enhances your employability in a number of ways.

As well as enabling you to focus on your specific areas of interest and expand your subject knowledge ready for employment in your chosen sector, a postgraduate research qualification enables you to take charge of your career path by demonstrating your contribution to an area of knowledge. It enhances your self-confidence and showcases your ability to work independently and ‘go it alone’.

According to a report by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), more than a quarter of graduates felt that their employment prospects were increased by their PG qualification. And when it comes to earnings, those with a postgrad qualification have been shown to earn an average of 24% more than those who leave education with an undergraduate degree.

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Some postgraduate research students are already in full-time employment when they begin their studies, whilst others are recent graduates looking to extend their research capabilities and subject expertise.

A good proportion of our students return to their existing roles with enhanced career prospects, others move on to further study or take up teaching roles in educational establishments.

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School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Explore the possibilities

The world-leading School of Sport and Exercise Sciences fuses research and applied practice. Our specially selected team of academics not only design and deliver courses, they also support engagement in original research and applied practice. 

Our Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences (RISES), founded in 1997, maximises the potential of our research students and continues to be a cutting-edge and vibrant home for research activity within the School. The success of RISES staff is demonstrated by our high-profile international reputation for Research Training and Research Outputs. The School is ranked first in the UK for research quality in the research excellence framework (REF) 2014*. This research helps ensure that our learning is at the vanguard of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts.

The School is also ranked 12th best department in the world out of 450 institutions, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for the sports sciences subject area 2020, highlighting the school’s global research influence.

*Research Quality Index data provided by Research Professional and available via Research Fortnight


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We offer opportunities to complete MPhil and PhD research across a wide range of sport science disciplines, working alongside nationally and internationally respected academics based in our acclaimed research groups. Supervision is available in:

  • Sport and Exercise Sciences, including Biomechanics
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Cardiovascular Science
  • Chronobiology
  • Muscle Metabolism and Nutrition
  • Physical Activity Exercise and Health
  • Psychology and Development
  • The Science of Football

Teaching

An insight into teaching on your course

Teaching methods

To complement your research, specific training needs will be identified on an individual basis. You can study topics such as:

  • Advanced Presentation Skills 
  • Applying for Ethical Approval 
  • How to be an Effective Researcher
  • Poster Presentation/Design
  • Postgraduate Employability Skills
  • Project Management
  • Writing Skills including Creative Planning for Writing your Thesis
  • Surviving the Viva
  • Speed Reading
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Assessment

How learning is monitored on your programme

Final examination for both the MPhil and the PhD is by thesis and oral examination. 

The MPhil differs from the PhD in terms of the depth of study required and the extent of your personal contribution to knowledge. It requires competence in conducting an independent enquiry as well as in the use of appropriate research methods and techniques. Examiners will expect you to display satisfactory background knowledge of the subject. 

To gain a PhD you are expected to show mastery of a special field and to have made an original personal contribution to the understanding of a problem, the advancement of knowledge, or the generation of new ideas. Examiners will expect you to be at the forefront of understanding in your chosen topic.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

We offer postgraduate researchers access to excellent teaching and learning facilities plus plentiful social spaces and, of course, support and guidance from our expert academics.


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Entry requirements

You will need:

You will need:

  • (for an MPhil): a 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject 
  • (for a PhD): a 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject, preferably also a Masters degree in a relevant subject

Additional information:
  • The applications of those with alternative qualifications will be considered on merit
  • Appropriate research and previous experience will be taken into account
  • IELTS 6.5 minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme

We also welcome applications from those with non-standard qualifications who can demonstrate knowledge, experience, and skills developed in the workplace or other setting relevant to the programme of research. 

If you do not hold the standard academic entry requirements, please use your personal statement to provide further details. Non-standard applications will be considered by the Admissions Tutor(s) on a case-by-case basis.

If you have any specific queries, please contact SCSPGRAdmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

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Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

All research degree registrations are subject to approval by the Faculty and University’s Research Degrees Committee. The applications process is as follows:

  1. Complete and submit your application using this online form
  2. You will receive an acknowledgement
  3. Your application will be considered by the Admissions Tutor
  4. We will take up your academic references
  5. You may need to provide further information or attend an interview
  6. You will be informed if your application has been successful and will find out about any conditions of acceptance

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.