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Sports Science MSc by Research

Course Description

Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Sports Science at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

Swansea University has a flourishing research environment looking at elite sports performance and exercise health and medicine.

Sport and Exercise Science research at Swansea University takes place in the Applied Sports, Technology, Exercise and Medicine (A-STEM) research centre. Engaging in research, teaching and third mission activity that spans the artificial boundaries between traditional disciplines. Swansea University is unique as the only research-intensive university in the UK where Sport and Exercise Science is located in Engineering.

Research activity in Sport and Exercise Science is in two main areas:

Elite Sports Performance
Exercise Medicine and Health

Our research spans the areas of, science, technology, health and medicine applied to sport, exercise and health settings with children, older people, clinical groups and elite international sports people. Importantly, sport and exercise science research is applied in nature and populates teaching, third mission activities and work-related learning opportunities. It has impact on elite sport, students, industry, patients and the general public.

Recent MSc by Research theses supervised in the area of Sport and Exercise Science at Swansea University include:

The effect of caffeinated chewing gum on salivary hormones and physical and cognitive performance in professional rugby union players
Caffeine chewing gum and repeated sprint performance : Sleep vs Non-sleep deprivation
The effects of neuromuscular electrical simulation on recovery in elite soccer players
Influence of neuromuscular electrical simulation (NMES) on recovery
Brief motivational interviewing as a clinical strategy to promote health behaviour adherence in those at risk of cardiovascular disease
Examining experiences of interpersonal conflict by Team Wales personnel at major games and championships
Construction and validation of an applied scale to measure readiness to train in semi-professional rugby union players
The reliability and validity of a three-hop test and a three-step test for estimating lower limb peak instantaneous power in men and women
Investigation into skeletal changes in a population of medieval remains found on the warship Mary Rose
Development of lower limb assessment tools for assessing the condition of injured professional rugby players with regard to their return to training/play status
The effect of 6 weeks of trampoline therapy on lower body neuromuscular variables in children with developmental coordination disorder
Variation in lower limb neuromuscular variables in sub-elite under 16 rugby union players

Links with Industry

In addition to teaching and research, academic staff are actively engaged with applied practice and consultancy in sport and exercise settings.
Our well-established links include organisations such as:

Diabetes UK
Swansea NHS Trust
Carmarthenshire NHS Trust

UK Sport
Sport Wales
Welsh Rugby Union
International Rugby Board (IRB)

We also work with elite sports teams including:

Scarlets Rugby
Ospreys Rugby
Swansea City AFC
West Ham United AFC
British Bobsleigh
British Bobskeleton
British Cycling
Wales 7s Rugby

Our staff also regularly consult in exercise settings with populations with chronic disease, including diabetes, cardiac rehabilitation and renal care.


The Applied Sports Technology Exercise Medicine (A-STEM) Research Centre has developed its own laboratories that rank alongside the most prestigious and well known universities in the UK.

Swansea University also has a proud reputation for sporting excellence and outstanding sporting facilities.


Sport and exercise science research occurs within the world-leading Applied Sports Technology Exercise Medicine (A-STEM) Research Centre.

Significant research in diabetes and health as well as sedentary behaviour, physical activity, fitness, fundamental movement skills in childhood obesity is undertaken by a number of clinical exercise science staff.

Our elite sport performance group is leading a project supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government to position Wales at the forefront of Science, Technology and Medicine in elite sport and to promote its wider application in health and education. This project represents a unique collaboration of leading Welsh academics, businesses and sport, with the overall objective of enhancing their respective performances.

Fundamental links integrating engineering and sport and exercise science research are being developed by the Sports Visualisation Group who analyse video material to rapidly produce data for immediate analysis of sports performance. Recently the Engineering Behaviour Analytics in Sport and Exercise (E-BASE) research group was set up to investigate the use of advanced sensor and processing technology to quantify training and activity in sport and clinical populations respectively.

We have international research links and projects with universities in Southern and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USE, Italy and Austria.

Visit the Sports Science MSc by Research page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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Student Profiles

MSc by Research Studentship: The WATCH Project: Wearable Accelerometer Technology for Children’s Health - Single Award

*This scholarship is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.*MSc by Research for UK or EU applicants in the field of: Sport and Exercise ScienceSubject study: The WATCH Project: Wearable Accelerometer Technology for Children’s HealthBrief Summary of project:Physical activity (PA) is associated with physiological and psycho-social health benefits but ~33% of children are not sufficiently active. Fundamental to such conclusions is the accurate and reliable measurement of habitual PA. However, poor adherence to wearing monitors and/or a novelty effect, resulting in atypical PA patterns, confound previous studies. This study aims to develop a low power and cost, ubiquitous, wrist-worn device with embedded microcontroller and wireless communication modules incorporated within a fashionable watch that automatically syncs with a cloud-based hub, reducing participant burden and thus improving adherence and data quality. The aim is to produce a device which participants choose to wear constantly for a long time, thereby enabling the first longitudinal and ecologically valid insight into true PA levels. We propose 6 phases: 1) Investigation of suitable hardware and software components; 2) device design/development; 3) device evaluation through user-groups; 4) device refinement; 5) data processing algorithm development for remote analysis and 6) production of a final device for feasibility and efficacy testing.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend


Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree or a related subject. Please see our website for more information on eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more information.

Further Information



Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Look A-HEAD Project: The Effect of Head Impacts in Rugby on Future Well-being - Single Award

*This scholarship is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.*MSc by Research Scholarship for UK or EU applicants in the field of: (Sport and Exercise Science)Subject study: Look A-HEAD project: The effect of Head Impacts in rugby on future well-beingThe Look-AHEAD project will work with rugby players in an attempt to better quantify head impacts in high collision sport. The Ospreys are allowing access to their elite player group and the successful student will be involved in detailed data analysis drives from training and competition. The project is part of a larger project developed in Wales.

Value of Scholarship(s)

The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend


Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in a related subject.For more information regarding eligibility criteria, please visit our website: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/sports-exercise-science-kess-msc-research-look-a-head-project.php

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for details of how to apply for this studentship: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/sports-exercise-science-kess-msc-research-look-a-head-project.php

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Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Investigating the Motivation and Social Interaction Underpinnings for an Interactive Online Exercise Intervention - Single Award

*This scholarship is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.*MSc by Research Scholarship for UK or EU applicants in the field of: Sport and Exercise ScienceSubject study: Investigating the motivation and social interaction underpinnings for an interactive online exercise intervention for people with Cystic FibrosisCF populations are often characterised by social isolation due to the risk of cross-contamination, making group exercise interventions difficult to manage with this group, although they offer benefits for motivation, adherence, QoL, and, physiological and functional effectiveness. Recent studies have reported more mental health and wellbeing problems in these populations, highlighting the need for interventions that seek to address these issues.This is an important population group on which to focus, as CF is the most common, fatal disease amongst Caucasians, estimated to affect 1:2500 newborn babies in the UK. With a median survival age of 37 years (CF Trust, 2014), CF is financially, time and resource costly for both the NHS and patients/carers; figures suggest an annual cost of at least €30,000 (≈ £24,000) per patient. Respiratory failure remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in CF. As such, interventions which seek to ameliorate, or at least slow, the rate of decline in lung function in this ageing patient group should be a clinical priority.Recent technological advances enable interventions to be delivered in novel ways, such as through online portals, allowing greater flexibility in engagement, enhanced peer socialisation and capacity to tailor the intervention to the individual’s needs and personally valued outcomes. Such a delivery method is particularly relevant to healthcare strategies in Wales where CF patients are typically geographically disparate with a poor transport infrastructure.Therefore, the proposed studentship project will involve a series of inherently interdisciplinary studies to address the key research question of developing an online, interactive exercise tool to improve the physiological and psychosocial health of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patients.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Stipend plus UK/EU tuition fees


Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science, Medicine or Psychology or a related subject. Candidates must qualify for Home/EU fees. Please visit our website for more information on eligibility criteria: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/sports-science-kess-msc-research-investigating-motivation-interaction.php

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more information on how to apply.

Further Information



100 Swansea University Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Swansea University is offering 100 Master’s Scholarships, each worth £3000 towards tuition fees for UK/EU students starting eligible master’s courses in September 2017.Eligible courses include:All LLM programmes (including LLM by Research)All MA programmes (including MA by Research)All MRes programmesAll MSc programmes (including MSc by Research)Please note that MPhil, GDL/CPE and LPC programmes are not eligible for the Swansea University Master’s Scholarship scheme.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must have, or expect to achieve, a minimum 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent).You must hold an offer to study on an eligible master’s course at Swansea University from September 2017. Programmes commencing in January, April and July 2017 are not eligible.

Application Procedure

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Further Information



Sports Science: Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Physiological Changes in Patients Following Bariatric Surgery Undergoing a Physical Training Programme - Single Award

MSc by Research for UK or EU applicants in the field of Sports Science (Clinical Exercise Physiology)Subject study: Physiological changes in patients following bariatric surgery undergoing a physical training programme. Brief summary of project:Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. Applications are invited for a funded MSc by Research studentship in Sports Science. Obesity and being overweight are growing problems in Wales. The All-Wales Obesity Strategy provides guidance on care pathways for support and care to improve functional capacity and quality of life. Despite this a greater number of people are becoming eligible for weight loss surgery. After surgery, care is centred on dietary control and education. Disappointingly, patients have limited care pathways informing patients on engaging and maintaining physical activity. No specific physical education is provided to bariatric patients to improve fitness following surgery and functional capacity beyond secondary care. Given that these individuals are still inactive, a postsurgical recovery environment still provides a risk of non-communicable disease and potential earlier onset of cardio-vascular disease. The Welsh Institute of Metabolic and Obesity Surgery (WIMOS) at Swansea University currently undertakes review of all referrals for bariatric surgery in Wales. WIMOS offers all forms of bariatric surgery including restrictive operations (laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy-LGB) and malabsorptive operations (roux-Y-gastric bypass-RYGB, biliopancreatic diversion-BPD). Working in a multidisciplinary team, this project will generate novel information on successful ingredients of post-surgery prevention of weight regain (secondary prevention) and avoiding or delaying complications from long term excess weight (tertiary prevention). This project will explore the impact of bariatric surgery on recovery processes and alongside individualised current recovery guidance, initiate an in-house progressive exercise training programme in line with Department of Health Guidelines for development of aerobic fitness and muscular strength.

Value of Scholarship(s)

UK/EU tuition fees plus a stipend


Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in exercise science or a related subject.They should also be eligible for Home/UK Fees (see http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Fees-and-Money/Wales-fee-status for more information).Please visit our website for more information.

Application Procedure

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Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the MSc by Research in Sports Science is a first or upper second class honours degree in Sports Science or similar relevant science discipline. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

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