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MPhil Research Degree in Sport and Physical Activity

Course Description

Study for a higher degree by research in one of our well-respected sport and physical activity research centres. During your studies you are trained in research methods and complete a high level research project. We encourage and support you to present your findings at national and international conferences to help launch your academic career.

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. During the PhD stage you continue this research work with the aim of making an original contribution to knowledge and understanding in your subject area. 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.
-Programme evaluation.
-Equipment mechanics.
-Sports participation.
-Workplace wellness.
-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.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mphilphd-research-degrees--sport-and-physical-activity

Course structure

Full time – 18 months to 24 months.
Part time – 30 months to 36 months.

Starts September, January or May.

This course can be developed into a PhD, for more details, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mphilphd-research-degrees--sport-and-physical-activity

If you are receiving funding from external sources, you may be expected to meet different timescales as stipulated by your funding body.

Research training
When 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.

Other admission requirements

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of at least 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level. An offer of a research degree place may be made subject to a completing our Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes course.

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

Entry Requirements

Typically you need an appropriate masters degree or an honours degree 2.1 or above, from a UK higher education institution OR a qualification the University considers as being equivalent. Other qualifications and experience are considered on their merits. You must also complete an interview in person or by phone with the prospective director of studies, the postgraduate tutor and one other member of the academic staff and provide two satisfactory references. See course description for further admission details.

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