PhD Sport and Exercise Science

The Department offers numerous research opportunities in many areas of Sports and Exercise.

The Department of Sport and Exercise Science at Aberystwyth University performs research in the sport and exercise sciences, and provides consultancy services to individuals and organisations in Wales and the rest of the U.K.  Based in the Carwyn James Building, the Department’s Laboratories contain state-of-the-art equipment for physiological, psychological and biomechanical assessment of sport and exercise performance.

The Department is research active, and members of staff are involved in various projects including collaborative work with other universities and organisations.  The Department has particular strengths in respiratory and endurance physiology, and the role of exercise in mental health and well-being and the psychology of sport.  Members of academic staff have an established record of publications of high-quality peer reviewed scientific journals, as well as contributing to book chapters, popular magazine articles and television and radio broadcasts on issues related to their work.

Overview

Sport and exercise science is about the scientific analysis of how the human body moves, exercises and performs sport. It is about understanding the sciences of biomechanics, physiology and psychology to provide the theoretical knowledge and it about applying this knowledge to practical situations.

Sport science is concerned with applying science to maximise the performance of an individual athlete or team, whereas exercise science is concerned with applying science to improve health and well-being through exercise. A sport scientist might design a training programme to increase a distance runners’ race speed or improve a basketball teams’ ability to increase the tempo of a game. An exercise scientist, on the other hand, might design a training programme to aid weight loss or improve muscle strength so that an individual can continue to perform daily tasks without becoming tired.

The university has a proud tradition of research excellence, as demonstrated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. It placed the university in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

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Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry.  The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Requirements are normally a Bachelor degree 2.1 or above (or a 2.2 with a Masters degree) in a relevant discipline. Additionally, work experience that is relevant to the chosen project may also be taken into account.  Prospective students should ensure that they have arranged with referees for their references to be available as required.

Non-native English speakers are required to take a University recognised test of academic English language proficiency with required minimum proficiency levels equating to an IELTS score of 6.0 or a TOEFL score of 550 (paper based test) or 213 (computer based) with an essay rating of 4.0. Applicants who have successfully undertaken a Bachelors degree in a UK University are exempt from this requirement.

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