PhD/MPhil Sports Science

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    Ph.D. 3Yr FT
    Ph.D. 6Yr PT
    M.Phil. 2Yr FT
    M.Phil. 4Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.1

Course Overview

MPhil or PhD Sports Science

With our flourishing research environment looking at elite sports performance and exercise health and medicine, Swansea University provides an excellent base for your research as a PhD or MPhil student in Sports Science.

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.


  • Concurrent Training in Professional Soccer Players – Liam Kilduff
  • The use of ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) as a strategy for preconditioning, training and recovery within elite sport performance – Liam Kilduff
  • Performance Profiling in International U20 and Senior Rugby Union Players – Liam Kilduff
  • Development and evaluation of a support programme for parents of elite youth athletes – Camilla Knight
  • The effects of an Inspiratory Muscle Training intervention on the physiological and psychosocial health of children and adults with cystic fibrosis – Melitta McNarry
  • The x4a trial: eXercise for asthma – Melitta McNarry
  • Novel methods of conceptualising and measuring physical activity in children using 3D printing – Melitta McNarry
  • Investigating the Measurement of Physical Activity and its Impact on Quality of Life in Youth with Cystic Fibrosis – Kelly Mackintosh
  • The Commando Joe’s project: the effect of a military ethos based high intensity interval training on children’s health and mental well-being – Kelly Mackintosh
  • Ethics, big data and genetic ethics – Michael McNamee
  • Ethics, regulation and nanotechnology in sport - Michael McNamee
  • Disability, Enhancement and Paralympic Classification: an ethical and regulatory investigation  - Michael McNamee
  • Theories of justice and fair play in tennis - Michael McNamee
  • A longitudinal investigation of elite sprinter’s acceleration technique and performance within and between seasons – Neil Bezodis
  • Development and implementation of an in-house nutritional behavioural change capability focused on overweight and obese consumers. – Joanne Hudson
  • Optimising motivation for exercise based video games: A needs based perspective – Joanne Hudson
  • Examination of the prevalence of cardiovascular disease  and type 2 diabetes risk in a  workplace-based setting - Richard Bracken

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the PhD or MPhil 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 PhD or MPhil Sports Science.

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If you're an international student, find out more about applying for the PhD or MPhil Sports Science

Tuition Fees

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

UK/EU International
Ph.D. Full-time £4,195 £17,450
Ph.D. Part-time £2,097.50 £8,750
M.Phil. Full-time £4,195 £17,450
M.Phil. 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 PhD or MPhil Sports Science do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

Course Structure

PhD: Typically three years in duration (full-time) or six years (part-time). Students undertake supervised research.

MPhil: Typically two years in duration (full-time) or four years (part-time). Students undertake supervised research.


PhD: A thesis of no more than 100,000 words is submitted, which demonstrates original research that contributes significantly to the subject area, and assessment in the form of an oral examination (viva).

MPhil: A thesis of no more than 60,000 words is submitted, which demonstrates original research that contributes significantly to the subject area, and assessment in the form of an oral examination (viva). In some cases, there may be opportunities for students to continue onto a PhD.

Student profile

Dan Wadsworth, BSc Sports Science and MPhil Sports Science

Research Officer – Institute for Food, Nutrition and Human Health, Massey University, New Zealand

I gained a 1st class honours BSc and then went on to complete an MPhil. I loved the really friendly and supportive team, where everyone got to know each other, especially at postgraduate level, and how ideas were shared.

Rhys Jones, MSc Sports Science and PhD Sports Science

Sport Scientist at Scarlets Rugby and part-time PhD student at Swansea University

“I joined Swansea for an MSc degree and the skills and knowledge I developed during that, led me to appointed to my current role with the Scarlets. I am now combining this role with a part-time PhD at the University in Sport Physiology, researching the neuromuscular and endocrine recovery of players in elite rugby union.”

Joe Taylor, BSc Sports Science and PhD Sports Science

Performance Analyst, employed by the English Institute of Sport and working with British Disability Swimming


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.

PhD's Continued

  • Impact of Acute Resistance Exercise on glycaemia in individuals with type 1 diabetes - Richard Bracken
  • Qualitative assessment of a workplace lifestyle intervention programme – Richard Bracken
  • Influence of recovery modalities on neuromuscular and endocrine function in professional rugby players 
  • Athlete monitoring and athlete preparation 
  • The effect of commando joes' school-based military fitness intervention on children's physical activity levels, behaviour, attendance and academic achievement
  • Glycaemic, metabolic and hormonal responses to resistance exercise in type 1 diabetes
  • Examination of the incidence of cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk in a workplace-based setting: Project Sir Gar
  • Evaluating the effects of a lifestyle intervention programme in the Carmarthenshire region
  • The use of observation as an intervention to manipulate collective efficacy
  • Influence of regular antenatal physical exercise on cardiovascular, haemodynamic and autonomic nervous system (CHANS) function during and after pregnancy

What Students said

Swansea University has a strong team of professionals and excels in research. Also, Swansea University has an incredible physical structure and laboratories. Not only that, I felt very welcome at all moments since I started the Ph.D. I choose to do my Ph.D. here because I feel that I can become a better researcher and a better teacher while doing a research that will lead to real impact with a great team and support. I can say that Swansea has opened a whole new world of opportunities for growth and improvement for me, personally and professionally. – Mayara Bianchim, 1st Year PhD student

I was interested in joining the A-STEM department at Swansea; cutting-edge, consistent excellence in research and student satisfaction results affirm that Swansea is a great environment in which to continue your studies and develop your skills as a researcher – Jessica McCreery, 2nd Year PhD Student

I chose to do my postgraduate degree in Swansea because I had already studied here during my undergraduate degree and therefore, the transition was fairly seamless as I already knew my way around Swansea and the University and had also built up a good relationship with the supervisors and other lecturers at the university. Additionally, during my time as an undergraduate, it became apparent that the department was rapidly progressing into one of the UK’s leading universities in terms of research in Sports Science so decided to get on board. – Tom Eddolls, 3rd year PhD student