MSc by Research in Sports Science

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc by Research 1Yr FT
    MSc by Research 2Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.1

Course Overview

MSc by Research Sports Science

Swansea University has a flourishing research environment looking at elite sports performance and exercise health and medicine.

Key Features

Sport and Exercise Science research at Swansea University takes place in the Applied Sports, Technology, Exercise and Medicine (A-STEM) research centre. Engaging in research, teaching and third mission activity that spans the artificial boundaries between traditional disciplines. Swansea University is unique as the only research-intensive university in the UK where Sport and Exercise Science is located in Engineering.

Research activity in Sport and Exercise Science is in two main areas:

  • Elite Sports Performance
  • Exercise Medicine and Health

Our research spans the areas of, science, technology, health and medicine applied to sport, exercise and health settings with children, older people, clinical groups and elite international sports people. Importantly, sport and exercise science research is  applied in nature and populates teaching, third mission activities and work-related learning opportunities. It has impact on elite sport, students, industry, patients and the general public.


  • The influence of sodium supplementation on ad libitum fluid ingestion and thermoregulatory responses during endurance exercise – Tom Love
  • Nutritional strategies to enhance recovery from exercise – Tom Love
  • An interpretive phenomenological analysis of stress and coping among parents of elite youth gymnasts – Camilla Knight
  • Stress and coping in elite youth swimming – Camilla Knight
  • Investigating the Relationship between Physical Activity and Metabolic Control in Children with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus – Melitta McNarry
  • Investigating the influence of pulmonary rehabilitation in IPF patients – Melitta McNarry
  • Investigating the influence of maturation on small sided game performance in academy football players – Melitta McNarry
  • Investigating the effects of high intensity interval training on heart rate variability during exercise in secondary school children with and without asthma - Kelly Mackinstosh
  • The feasibility and acceptability of telehealth to support palliative care in Mid-Wales: Exploring professional perceptions and patient experiences – Joanne Hudson
  • Developing a person-centred approach to increase participation in sport, physical activity and exercise to improve health in hard to reach groups in Wales – Joanne Hudson
  • Understanding the musculoskeletal demands of rugby kicking: implications for injury risk – Neil Bezodis
  • Mixed methods analysis of the physical activity patterns and behaviours of bariatric surgery patients – Richard Bracken
  • Carbohydrate choice and glycaemia in type 1 diabetes – Richard Bracken
  • The effect of caffeinated chewing gum on salivary hormones and physical and cognitive performance in professional rugby union players
  • Caffeine chewing gum and repeated sprint performance : Sleep vs Non-sleep deprivation
  • The effects of neuromuscular electrical simulation on recovery in elite soccer players 
  • Influence of neuromuscular electrical simulation (NMES) on recovery
  • Brief motivational interviewing as a clinical strategy to promote health behaviour adherence in those at risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Examining experiences of interpersonal conflict by Team Wales personnel at major games and championships
  • Construction and validation of an applied scale to measure readiness to train in semi-professional rugby union players
  • The reliability and validity of a three-hop test and a three-step test for estimating lower limb peak instantaneous power in men and women
  • Investigation into skeletal changes in a population of medieval remains found on the warship Mary Rose
  • Development of lower limb assessment tools for assessing the condition of injured professional rugby players with regard to their return to training/play status
  • The effect of 6 weeks of trampoline therapy on lower body neuromuscular variables in children with developmental coordination disorder

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the MSc by Research in Sports Science is a first or upper second class honours degree in Sports Science or similar relevant science discipline.

We welcome applications by prospective students from around the world and look for evidence of previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements stated above. The Postgraduate Admissions Office are happy to advise you on whether your qualifications are suitable for entry to the course you would like to study. Please email for further information.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 5.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found at:


How To Apply

Once you have identified a topic area within which you would like to work, we recommend that you submit a research proposal and discuss this with an Admissions Tutor for the subject area before making an application. You can email to express your interest in a MSc by Research in Sports Science.

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Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc by Research Full-time £4,195 £17,450
MSc by Research Part-time £2,097.50 £8,750

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

If your course starts in January, April or July 2017 please refer to the 2016/17 fee costs on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the MSc by Research do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Course Structure

Typically one year full-time, two to three years part-time. This is an individual research project written up in a thesis of 30,000 words.


A thesis of no more than 30,000 words is submitted, which demonstrates original research that contributes significantly to the subject area. This is then assessed by viva voce examination by both an internal and external examiner.


Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

The A-STEM Research Centre has developed its own laboratories that rank alongside the most prestigious and well known universities in the UK.

Find out more about the facilities used by Sports Science students and Researchers at Swansea University.

Swansea University also has a proud reputation for sporting excellence and outstanding sporting facilities. See a 365 degree panoramic of the Sports Village: including the Wales National Pool, Gym, Indoor Courts, Running Track, Astroturf and Indoor Track.


Sport and exercise science research occurs within the world-leading Applied Sports Technology Exercise Medicine (A-STEM) Research Centre.

Significant research in diabetes and health as well as sedentary behaviour, physical activity, fitness, fundamental movement skills in childhood obesity is undertaken by a number of clinical exercise science staff. 

Our elite sport performance group is leading a project supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government to position Wales at the forefront of Science, Technology and Medicine in elite sport and to promote its wider application in health and education. This project represents a unique collaboration of leading Welsh academics, businesses and sport, with the overall objective of enhancing their respective performances.

Fundamental links integrating engineering and sport and exercise science research are being developed by the Sports Visualisation Group who analyse video material to rapidly produce data for immediate analysis of sports performance. Recently the Engineering Behaviour Analytics in Sport and Exercise (E-BASE) research group was set up to investigate the use of advanced sensor and processing technology to quantify training and activity in sport and clinical populations respectively.

We have international research links and projects with universities in Southern and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USE, Italy and Austria.

What Students said

I chose Swansea University to study my MSc Sports Science by Research because Swansea has a great reputation for sports and exercise research and the A-STEM research project is an exciting environment to be part of. Swansea also has great funding opportunities for postgraduate study and it is a really friendly and supportive university – Zoe Marshall, 1st year MSc by Research Student