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Socio-Cultural Studies of Sport and Exercise MRes

The Masters by Research in Socio-Cultural Studies of Sport and Exercise is an advanced postgraduate degree which can either be taken as a stand-alone qualification or as progression route into doctoral research.

The Programme aims to prepare students:
• for doctoral level study;
• to engage in a career in socio-cultural research in a HE or industrial context;
• to meet the global need for highly trained individuals who can make informed decisions on future research directions;
• to think independently and develop a critical approach to the analysis of data and interpretation of published research.


Our MRes in Socio-Cultural Studies of Sport and Exercise offers you:
• Academic rigor: Gain a deeper understanding of your chosen research area with a challenging combination of taught modules, research training and supervised research;
• Wide variety of research interests: We have a strong contingent of academics with a high degree of professional and personal experience enabling you to get the most out of both the taught and research elements of your programme;
• Excellent supervision: Drawn from experienced and highly motivated academics who work at the forefront of their disciplines, you will benefit from a professional and challenging relationship with your supervisor;
• Resources: Access to the University of Worcester’s virtual resources and to the state-of-the-art library facilities (Located at The Hive).


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How to apply

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Research School on 01905 542182 or

Before you submit a full application, please contact Dr Gyozo Molnar ( to discuss your research project and the availability of appropriate supervision.

Entry qualifications

Applicants are expected to have a First or Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent award in an appropriate discipline or have appropriate research or professional experience which has resulted in appropriate evidence of achievement. For example experience in a research environment such as private research and development or public research laboratories.

International applicants will also be required to demonstrate that they have the appropriate level of written and spoken English (normally IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 6 in written English). Entry qualifications for international students are guided by the National Academic Recognition Information Centre’s (NARIC) advice on international qualifications.


For information on current fees, please visit our course fees page.

Course content

Module summary

Process and skills, management and methods

This module is aimed at providing research students with the generic skills required for successful progression through, and completion of, their research degree. The module focuses on providing students with the skills to plan and manage their research project, to collect and manage their research data and to structure and write their thesis.

Research methods in sport and exercise

The purpose of the module is to enable the students to develop a systematic understanding of research methods and techniques appropriate for research in sport and exercise. The module explores the principles and methods of qualitative and quantitative research techniques and procedures in socio-cultural studies in sport and exercise. The module enables students to develop a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which are at, or informed by, the forefront of socio-cultural research.

Research thesis preparation

This module prepares students for their specific MRes Research Thesis by the production of a PDP and training needs analysis in consultation with the research supervisor. A programme of student development and outcomes will be agreed during the module.

Course content

The MRes in Socio-Cultural Studies of Sport and Exercise commences with a taught programme. You will be expected to take and pass three taught modules (see below) before proceeding to the research stage of your programme which will culminate in the production of a written thesis that will be examined by viva (oral examination).

The Institute of Sport and Exercise Science’s educational and research expertise within the socio-cultural area extends across the Olympic movement, corporeal and sporting identities, national identity, moral pedagogy, the Olympic industry, migrations, sport globalisation and the sociology of coaching.

Meet the team

Meet the team

Dr Clare Rhoden
Emotions, emotional regulation, self-efficacy, ageing stereotypes, physical activity and ageing, sport psychology

Dr Rachael Bullingham
Homophobia (schools and sport), Physical Education teaching, delivery of rugby in schools 

Dr Paul Blakey
Sports Event Impacts, Small and Medium-sized Sport Enterprises, Sport Sponsorship, Social Sport Marketing

Dr Gyozo Molnar
Globalisation, labour migration, the Olympic movement, sociology of the body, post-colonial societies and gender issues.