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Sport & Exercise Science MPhil/PhD

The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Sport and Exercise Science.

Research at Worcester has grown significantly in the last 10 years as the University itself has expanded. As a research student you will join a vibrant student community in our Research School and become part of our dynamic research environment.

You will have the opportunity to be supervised by leading researchers in your field and take advantage of our rich Researcher Development programme which will help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to complete your research degree but also enhance the skills you will need in any future career.


Our MPhil/PhD research degree programme offers you:

Wide variety of research interests

The Institute of Sport and Exercise Science has a strong mix of academics with a high degree of professional and personal experience, enabling you to get the most out of your programme. Our staff have expertise in a diverse range of sport and exercise disciplines including Physical Activity, Health and Well-being, Biomechanics, Physiology, Psychology, Business Management, Sports Coaching and Sport Education.

Excellent supervision

Benefit from a professional and challenging relationship with your supervisory team, drawn from experienced academics working at the forefront of their disciplines.


Access to the University of Worcester’s virtual resources and its state of the art library facilities. The Sport and Exercise Science team at Worcester have an excellent range of resources available to support your learning and your research project, including; a motion capture and biomechanics laboratory, well equipped physiology laboratories, the University Arena a first class multi-purpose sports facility, performance analysis laboratories and a sports and fitness centre. Additionally we have access to and engage in research in the McClelland Health Centre and a world leading climate controlled chamber at the University.

The Institute of Sport and Exercise Science also offer a Masters by Research in Socio-cultural Studies of Sport and Exercise.

Current research students are exploring the migration of professional basketball players; and the impact of notational analysis, the analyst and feedback on performance enhancement in elite wheelchair basketball. Additionally, our two newest students are conducting research on Olympic legacies post London 2012; and optimising physical activity for the regulation of acute energy balance and effective weight-management strategies. Past successful projects in Sport and Exercise Science have concerned the hierarchical model of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and the rivalry between the fans of Aston Villa and Birmingham City football clubs.

How to apply

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 Louise Martin ( to discuss your research project and the availability of appropriate supervision.



Dr Paul Blakey
Expertise: The Business of Sport: sport marketing, sport sponsorship, branding in sport.

Dr Mark Corbett
Expertise: cycling biomechanics and bike fitting; repeatability and variability of motion capture and gait analysis; electromyography and interdisciplinary elements of pacing.

Mick Donovan
Expertise: learning through sport; education & excellence in sport; performance analysis; children in sport; physical education.

Dr Dan Eastough
Expertise: perception and action; motor control; effect of observation on action; movement volition; minimalist footwear.

Dr Paul Golz
Expertise: arts enhanced learning: dance as an education tool; dance and digital: how digital technologies can enhance and change the performance paradigm, especially augmented reality and wearable technology; strength and conditioning in dance: creating s&c sessions that can be delivered within a dance context; deaf dancing: using technology to improve inclusion within dance in the deaf and hard of hearing community.

Dr Adrian Holliday
Expertise: exercise, appetite regulation and eating behaviour; weight management, body composition and obesity; physical activity and health.

Dr Geoffery Z. Kohe
Expertise: the socio-cultural, historical, and political aspects of the Olympic movement; national identity and public memory; moral pedagogy; politicizations of the body; sport tourism and museums; and historiography.

Dr Louise Martin
Expertise: variability of athletic performance; regulation of pacing.

Dr Gyozo Molnar
Expertise: Globalisation; labour migration; the Olympic movement; post-colonial socio-cultural issues; sociology of the body; ethnography and social theories.

Professor Derek Peters
Expertise: interdisciplinary investigation of sport performance; physical activity & exercise for health; childhood obesity and adipose tissue distribution.

Dr Mark Piekarz
Expertise: in risk management (health and safety, strategic risk management and political risk management); sport and politics; human rights, welfare and sport; and event leverage and impact analysis.

Andrew Renfree
Expertise: regulation of pacing; collective behaviour in endurance events.

Dr Clare Rhoden
Expertise: interdisciplinary analysis of pacing in sport; emotions and affect in sports performance; psychological factors associated with sports performance.

Dr Don Vinson
Expertise: sports coaching, sports pedagogy, coach education and servant leadership. Experience in supervising quantitative, qualitative and multiple methods approaches.

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