Brunel University London

Course Introduction

Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Brunel hosts a vibrant community of researchers with expertise in both natural and social sciences.

Natural science research focuses on integrative aspects of human physiology, biomechanics and psychology of sport and exercise. A primary aim is to further our fundamental understanding of the regulation and adaptation of the cardiovascular, respiratory and neuromuscular systems to exercise and training, as well as the physiological, biomechanical and psychological limitations to human sport performance and exercise tolerance.

Social science research focuses on the role of sport, health and wellbeing in contemporary society and their relevance to policy and practice. Work spans a wide remit, from analysis of healthy lifestyles and recreational sport participation, to research into elite sport systems and performers.

Course Modules

Three main research strands, and encouragement for research that integrates two or more of these strands:

•Vision – visual attention, visual perception, face perception, visual language.

•Action – motor control, executive control, performance (e.g. dance/sport).

•Plasticity – lifespan changes, acquisition of expertise (e.g. in areas above such as vision, action and performance), neurodegeneration/rehabilitation.

Sport , health and exercise research in the Welfare, Health and Wellbeing theme:

•Sport, health and physical activity

•Sport, culture and wellbeing

•Community sport development

•Understanding inactivity

•Sport and physical education

•Child safeguarding in sport

•Athlete welfare and wellbeing

•Health and wellbeing in the workplace

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
6 years
Part Time
Professional Doctorate £18,000 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study. This applies even if English is the native language of your home country. An appropriate level of English language competence is also expected as listed below. Find out which alternative English language qualifications we accept. Applicants may also be required to attend compulsory in-sessional English language support. IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in any section)
  • The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis. Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.