PhD in Sport and Exercise Science and Sports Therapy


PhD in Sport and Exercise Science and Sports Therapy

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The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences offers an exceptional environment for pursuing your PhD. Our school boasts a dynamic community of both full-time and part-time postgraduate research students, alongside a faculty of experts specializing in various aspects of sports science and therapy. These areas encompass exercise physiology, nutrition, biomechanics, injury management, rehabilitation, and psychology.

Our broad range of staff research interests equips us to supervise research degrees in several domains within sport and exercise sciences and sports therapy. These domains encompass mental fatigue, perceived effort, training, sports performance, biomechanical efficiency in cycling, mega sporting event analysis, rehabilitation, physical activity across different populations, sports psychology concerning threat and challenge, sports nutrition, exercise immunology, pre-habilitation, post-injury/surgery rehabilitation, and manual therapy for sports-related lower back pain.

For those seeking funded PhD studentships, our school regularly announces opportunities throughout the year, which can be found on the FindAPhD website or through the University of Kent scholarship finder.

If you are a self-funded applicant, you are welcome to apply for a PhD at any time, provided your research interests align with our research groups. To apply, follow these steps:

  • Identify an academic staff member you’d like as a potential supervisor.
  • Contact the potential supervisor directly via email to discuss the possibility of pursuing a PhD under their guidance. Include your research interests, a comprehensive CV detailing relevant experience, and information on how you plan to fund your study.
  • Make an online application to study by clicking ‘Apply now.’

About the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences:

Our school stands as one of the most exciting and innovative sports schools in the UK, located on the Canterbury campus. We offer state-of-the-art sports science laboratories, a sports therapy clinic, a sports rehabilitation gymnasium, and a respiratory clinic, equipped with cutting-edge tools such as:

  • An anti-gravity treadmill, originally developed for NASA astronauts.
  • Cycling and rowing ergometers for anaerobic capacity measurement.
  • An isokinetic dynamometer for muscle and joint function assessment.
  • Advanced brain and muscle stimulators.
  • 3D motion video analysis.
  • Imaging and treatment ultrasound.
  • Gait analysis and force pedals.
  • Blood testing and gas analysis equipment.
  • A rehabilitation gymnasium.
  • An environmental chamber replicating conditions from the Brazilian jungle to the top of Everest.

Additionally, you’ll have access to high-quality leisure and study facilities at the Sports Centre/Pavilion, offering amenities like an air-conditioned fitness suite, dance and fitness studios, indoor courts, and outdoor pitches for various sports.

For more information:

  • Obtain our prospectus.
  • Visit us.
  • Explore accommodation options.
  • Read student stories.
  • Contact us.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should possess an MSc or a first or upper-second class honors degree in a relevant subject. We consider all applicants on an individual basis and may take additional qualifications, professional certifications, and relevant experience into account.

International students:

Please consult our International Student website for country-specific entry requirements and other pertinent details. Note that visa restrictions may affect the ability to study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning program with no on-campus components.

English language entry requirements:

The University requires all non-native English speakers to demonstrate proficiency in both written and spoken English before commencing a postgraduate degree. Specific subjects may have higher language proficiency requirements.

For comprehensive information, please refer to our English language requirements web pages. If you need assistance with English, we offer various pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.


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