School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

School of Sport and Exercise Sciences - Postgraduate Research

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £4,525
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £2,265 per annum
International full time annual tuition fee: Full-time £14,450, Part-time £7,225

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Course type

PhD

MPhil

School

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

Join LJMU’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences - the UK’s second highest ranked sport and exercise science institution. Explore fascinating postgraduate research opportunities, work alongside leading experts and access state-of-the-art facilities.

  • Study full or part time
  • Complete your research degree (MPhil/PhD) in an Institute known for its internationally-acclaimed research
  • Explore scholarship opportunities
  • Benefit from expert supervision and researcher training
  • Enjoy excellent facilities and great employment connections

We offer research students expert supervision, excellent facilities, a comprehensive induction and generic skills training.

Our research staff interrogate the ‘exercise response’ from the cell to the community; the elite athlete to multiple clinical groups; the youngest to the oldest members of society.

Introduction to the School

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences delivers innovative, research-led and employability-focused postgraduate studies that are supported by world-class academics and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

The School is proud of its long-standing tradition in innovation and excellence in the field of Sport Science. We initiated the first undergraduate honours degree course in the UK for Sport Science in 1975, and have since developed a worldwide reputation for leading edge sport science teaching and research.

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.

Why study this course at LJMU?

The Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences (RISES) was established in 1997 and continues to be a cutting-edge and vibrant home for research activity within the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

The success of RISES staff, since its inception in 1997, is demonstrated by our high-profile international reputation for Research Training and Research Outputs.

In the 2014 REF, 97% of research submitted by LJMU’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences was considered world-leading or internationally excellent. This research helps ensure that our postgraduate learning is at the vanguard of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts.

We offer a fantastic and supportive environment in which to study Sport and Exercise Science at postgraduate level. Our postgraduate community is thriving and fully integrated into wider School activities – one of the many reasons we are so highly rated by our postgraduate students.

Programme outline and structure

Your programme route will depend on your qualifications and experience. Most students complete their PhD via progression from MPhil.

Supervision for the degrees of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 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

The programme route you undertake will depend on your qualifications and experience. Most of our students initially register for MPhil/PhD and go on to complete their PhD via successful progression from MPhil.


You can study for an MPhil full time over one or two years or part time over two to four years. Progressing from an MPhil (and including MPhil registration), you can study for a PhD full time over 33 to 48 months or part time over 45 to 84 months. If you are taking a direct route PhD, you can study full time over two to three years or part time over three to six years.

On joining LJMU you will be allocated up to three supervisors (including a Director of Studies) who will work with you during your studies. Progression monitoring is undertaken formally and informally by this team on an ongoing basis.

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

What you will study on this degree

Specific research-related training needs are 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

How will I be assessed?

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.

If you are studying for an MPhil you may be able to progress to a PhD, via written and oral assessments in Year 2 (for full time students) or Year 3 (for part time students).

Staff research interests

Research in Sport and Exercise Science covers broad and multi-disciplinary topics that range from the cell to the whole body, from the athlete to the patient and from the very young to the very old.

Researchers seek to understand and generate new information related to both the impact of exercise on health and well-being as well as the way scientific knowledge can help optimise sports performance.
Our Sport and Exercise Physiology staff are highly research-active across a range of disciplines.

Specialist research interests include:

  • Molecular exercise physiology, Proteomic analysis
  • Chronobiology and Environmental Physiology
  • Gastrointestinal Physiology, Exercise and Immune Function & Gaelic Games Physiology

To review staff research areas, click here.

Entry requirements (Home)

To study for an MPhil or MPhil/PhD you should have, or expect to obtain, a minimum 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject. If you are applying for a PhD direct you must:

  • have a Masters degree with a research dissertation in a relevant subject
  • have undertaken research training directly related to the PhD project

If you have alternative qualifications, your application will be considered on merit. Appropriate research and previous experience will be taken into account.

Application and Selection

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

Contact Information

Sarah Lightfoot - Information Officer

0151 231 2153 or S.J.Lightfoot@ljmu.ac.uk

Entry requirements (International)

Besides standard qualifications, international students must also have an IELTS score of at least 6.5 (or equivalent).

Due to Visa restrictions, international students may only study in the UK on a full time basis. However, you may be able to undertake a part time research degree in your home country and travel to LJMU for campus-based research for a short period each year. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details.

To obtain a Tier 4 Visa for full time study in the UK, you will need to show evidence that the money to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your Visa application. For more details, see our international website

Some subject areas require ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance. Find out how to apply for ATAS clearance here, see more information about ATAS on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website or contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.

Will I be interviewed?

Yes

IELTS

6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Pearson

58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes


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

Financial support

Securing funding can be one of the main hurdles you face when considering postgraduate research. However, help is available. LJMU has a team of fees and funding experts who can offer advice based on your personal circumstances. You can contact them on 0151 904 6056/6057 or via studentadvice@ljmu.ac.uk.

You may also wish to contact the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences direct about locally available funding opportunities.

Graduate employment

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.

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. Recent graduates have gone on to work as Lecturers and Researchers, with some even setting up their own businesses. They have been employed by universities, hospitals, sports businesses and major sporting organisations such as Liverpool FC, the Football Association, the English Institute of Sport and Premiership Referees.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.

Scholarships

LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where 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.
Further guidance on programme changes

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