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Course content

Study for a higher degree by research in one of our well-respected centres. Across our Sport Industry Research Centre, Centre for Sport and Exercise Science and Centre for Sports Engineering Research we focus on cutting edge applied research in sport and physical activity.

On this course you are part of a vibrant community of postgraduates, working closely with experienced academics to develop your knowledge and expertise.

We support a wide range of research opportunities and help you work towards your research degree by offering

  • supervision by active researchers in your chosen area
  • access to excellent facilities and learning resources
  • part-time teaching and tutorial work to broaden your experience
  • lively debate and discussion with your peers

You have the opportunity to choose from a range of research topics and are encouraged to circulate your research by publishing papers and attending conferences with other staff and students.

To gain an MPhil you critically investigate and evaluate an approved topic and display an understanding of suitable research methods.You present your work in a thesis, then explain and defend it during an oral viva voce examination.

Our main areas of sport and physical activity expertise are reflected in our research programmes. These include • the economics of sport • physical activity for health • elite sport • exercise physiology • event impact • performance management • sports engineering • biomechanics • programme evaluation • equipment mechanics • sports participation • workplace wellness • psychology • volunteers in sport • sport analytics • strategic planning.

In addition to well respected research profiles, many members of our academic team have extensive experience of applied work as consultants with elite sports, governing bodies and healthcare organisations in the UK and internationally.

A number of the team also have honorary academic appointments with universities in several European countries, and we have extensive collaborations with universities in Europe, North American, Australia, East Asia and the Middle East.

Course structure

Starts September, January or May.

Research trainingWhen you begin your research, we allocate you a director of studies and one or two supervisors. Regular meetings between you and your supervisors are scheduled, with targets set for written and oral presentation of research progress.

As part of you personal, academic and professional development you undertake a training needs analysis. This identifies a bespoke programme of training you engage with during your studies such as

  • research methods training
  • computer software courses
  • research seminars
  • scientific writing courses.


Thesis followed by viva voce examination.


Research degrees are a vital qualification for most academic careers, and for professional specialisation and development in an existing or planned career.

Visit the Research Degree in Sport and Physical Activity MPhil page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!





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