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Course content

The MRes Sport & Exercise course aims to develop you as a researcher and reflective, evidence-based practitioner within your specialist area of sport, exercise or coaching. There is an emphasis on student-led research and modules focused on the application of research within both laboratory and applied settings.

You will develop advanced research skills including laboratory and applied techniques, problem-solving, reflective practice and the ability to critically analyse, interpret and apply evidence. You will be supported by a supervisor throughout your studies to develop your research skills and their application, and in identifying how your professional profile can be best applied within a changing vocational market.

The MRes is available in:

  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sports Coaching
  • Physical Activity, Exercise and Health

with supervision in the above subject areas being matched to available staff expertise.

Why Wolverhampton?

To share in the success of some of our previous graduates see the 'What our students think' section.

Sports student scores a winning work placement with super league club - MRes student starts internship with Indian Super League team the Delhi Dynamos

This course is designed for graduates or those with relevant professional experience who wish to enhance their understanding and application of specialist knowledge and advanced research skills within professional and academic settings in sport, exercise, health or coaching. Particular emphasis is given to developing advanced research skills that are applied to your chosen area of study and practice.

Each year we offer a range of bursaries for which successful MRes Sport & Exercise applicants can apply. These assist with the payment of fees (partially or fully depending on the bursary). In addition they provide the recipient with the guaranteed opportunity for relevant work experience in a professional environment. Providers of such bursaries include: Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Walsall FC and The Health Futures University Technical College.

The Institute of Sport and Human Science has an excellent reputation for teaching quality, supervision and research. You will have the opportunity to work with staff accredited by the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences, the British Psychological Society, and the Higher Education Academy, whilst completing a course that will enhance your career prospects and prepare you for future study at Doctoral level.

The Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing series of seminars and lectures spans education, sport, care, psychology health and wellbeing, bringing you a variety of engaging speakers and experts from the University of Wolverhampton and many other UK universities, visit http://www.wlv.ac.uk/fehw/lectures

Career path

You will be well prepared to pursue or build on an existing career in a range of applied sport, health and exercise, and physical activity settings. This includes preparing you for higher or further education teaching and research, and for further study at doctoral level. By completing the course, you will enhance your employability and promotion prospects within your chosen profession.

If you are an existing practitioner within the field of sport & exercise there will be the opportunity for you to significantly improve your Continuing Professional Development portfolio. This will be achieved through applied and / or laboratory based research, and work placement opportunities that form part of the applied professional practice module.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course, graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  • an in-depth knowledge and critical awareness of current research and contemporary issues, within your specialist area of sport and exercise science, sports coaching or physical activity.
  • comprehensive research skills and the ability to carry out specialised assessment methods relevant to your specialist area of sport and exercise science, sports coaching or physical activity.
  • the ability to critically assess and evaluate the most appropriate research designs and methodologies appropriate to your specialist area of sport and exercise science, sports coaching or physical activity.
  • the ability to independently apply a systematic and critical approach to research, problem-solving, and decision-making within a range of contexts.
  • the ability to apply reflective practice, research and a range of research methods and techniques to advance your knowledge and understanding in applied practice.
  • competences applicable for continued independent learning and professional development.

Visit the Sport & Exercise - MRes page on the University of Wolverhampton website for more details!

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