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:

Applicants to this programme would normally be expected to meet the minimum entry requirements indicated above. The College/School reserves the right to ask for higher academic grades and qualifications. Admissions decisions take into account not only prior academic qualifications, but also factors including the standard of the research synopsis/proposal submitted by the applicant, their performance at interview (if required), intensity of competition for limited places and relevant professional experience (where appropriate).

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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Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
Ph.D. Full-time £4,345 £18,500
Ph.D. Part-time £2,172.50 £9,250
M.Phil. Full-time £4,345 £18,500
M.Phil. Part-time £2,172.50 £9,250

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.

Note: The UK/EU fee is indicative pending confirmation from UKRI

If your course starts in January, April or July 2019 please refer to the 2018/19 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: It is now possible for some students to study part-time under the Tier 4 visa route. This is dependent on factors relating to the course and your individual situation. It may also be possible to study with us if you are already in the UK under a different visa category. Please visit the University information on Visas and Immigration for further guidance and support.

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.