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Staffordshire University: Sport and Exercise

Institution Staffordshire University View institution profile
Department Life Sciences and Education
Study type Research


Staffordshire University supports students studying for PhDs in sport and exercise across a range of topics covering sport and exercise psychology, sport and exercise science, sports studies, coaching and biomechanics. Current areas of expertise and research within the Department include:

  • Irrational beliefs, cognitive appraisal, and meta-cognition

  • Psychological distress in sport

  • Clinical biomechanics

  • Diabetic foot

  • Biomechanical analysis of sport

  • Bone health of female athletes

  • Menopausal Exercise and Diet

  • Regional tendon adaptations and mal-adaptations

  • Mechanical loading

  • Sacroiliac Joint pain (pelvis)

  • Ultrasound imaging

  • Natural environments and health

  • Social identify leadership

  • Rational emotive behaviour theory (RBET)

  • Health inequalities

Students can study part-time and full-time, on campus and by distance learning. MPhil options may also be available. Full-time PhDs will normally be completed within 3-4 years and part-time PhDs in 6 years. Students usually start in September, January or April but start dates outside these cohorts may be possible in discussion with supervisory teams.

As well as the support provided by their supervisory teams, all PhD students at Staffordshire University are also supported by The Graduate School, which aims to provide a rich, supportive environment for every research degree student situated in the University’s academic schools. They run induction days for new students, to help them understand how their degree works and what to expect. They also offer dozens of workshops each year to help with students’ professional development and contribute to an annual Postgraduate Research Conference, and also host a number of social events where researchers can meet and share experiences.

Potential applicants should contact The Graduate School in the first instance to find out about how to apply.

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Staffordshire University

At Staffordshire University, we provide high-quality postgraduate education across a wide range of subject areas including computing, design, law, psychology, engineering and healthcare. Whether you want to push the boundaries of your professional practice, or you are challenging yourself with a change in career – Staffordshire university can help you achieve your goals.

Our main campus is based in Stoke-on-Trent, with the major cities of Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool all under an hour’s commute.  Plus, we have a specialist healthcare Centre of Excellence in Stafford and Staffordshire University London’s Digital Institute offering the latest in tech courses …

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