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Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise (Postgraduate Research)


University of Gloucestershire School of Sport & Exercise

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About the course

You will develop advanced skills in critical thinking and you can engage with a wide range of topics, for example those based on applied sport performance, clinical practice, health promotion, applied sports coaching and community engagement. The programme provides a focus for ‘embedded scholarship’ within a range of sport and exercise professions. You will attain the standards required of any doctorate and produce a substantial and original study that identifies you as an independent researcher.

The DSE is a structured route to doctoral level achievement. The initial pre-thesis element comprises two taught modules over a period of 18 months, after which you present your formal research plan. Having completed your research project, you submit and defend a thesis in a viva voce. Linked to

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Entry Requirements

A master’s degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic.

A minimum of two years’ post-qualification professional practice and ability to demonstrate professional competence to a high standard in the relevant research area.

EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent.

All students are required to take and complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods to support the development of their project and their education as researchers.


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