Postgraduate Research Course

PhD Health and Physical Activity

PhD Health and Physical Activity

Overview

The details
Health and Physical Activity
October 2020
Full-time
4 years
Colchester Campus

Within our multidisciplinary School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, we offer research supervision in all areas of staff expertise in health and physical activity and related areas.

As a research student at Essex, you’ll work at the heart of our internationally acknowledged and well-connected research community. Our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences offers an environment with an excellent reputation for research and teaching. A unique feature of our School is that many of our staff work with local National Health Service (NHS) Trusts and other local health agencies, which enhances our grasp of the contemporary links between academic research, the major issues of the day and practice.

We also offer an MSc by Dissertation (MSD) and an MPhil in this subject. Both full- and part-time study can be supported.

Why we're great.
  • Our brand new, state-of-the-art Essex Sport Arena houses the latest technology and facilities which you will have access to.
  • Our academic staff have both clinical experience and academic credibility.
  • The majority of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Assessment Framework (REF 2014) and we are ranked top 10 in the UK for sports science (Guardian University Guide 2020).
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Our expert staff

Our School has a proven track record of excellence in teaching, research and applied sports science. We are top 20 in the UK for research excellence for sports and exercise science (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014).

Our research is not just about academic excellence. It has wide ranging societal impact in areas as diverse as sports performance, cardiac health and childhood wellbeing.

Our educational provision meets professional regulatory requirements and achieves high standards. We do so by having staff that are multi-professional, including clinically-qualified lecturers.

Specialist facilities

Within our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, our clinical laboratories use the latest equipment and IT facilities to assist you with the effective learning and acquisition of new skills.

The School is housed within our brand new Essex Sport Arena. This state-of-the-art, £12 million development brings together education, rehabilitation, exercise and research, with facilities ranging from a sports hall the size of three basketball courts to dedicated laboratories for research.

Our facilities include a wide range of ergometers and treadmills, stand alone and portable gas analysers, force plates, isokinetic dynamometers, a Vicon seven-camera biomechanics system, electronic timing gates, full blood gas analysers, (including pulse and co-oximeters), near infrared (NIR) spectrophotometers and a variety of EMG systems. There are also modern molecular and genetic tools available in our state-of-the-art biological science laboratories.

Your future

Our graduates go on to a range of careers. We currently have graduates working in both clinical and management positions in local trusts, hospitals and care organisations, as well as in local and county councils. Others work in biomedical laboratories and in the biotechnology industry, both in research and development, and in sales.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

You will need a good honours degree or Masters degree, or equivalent, in a related subject. A well-developed research proposal is also essential.

You will normally be required to attend an interview/Skype interview for acceptance, and acceptance is subject to research expertise in the department.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we require IELTS 6.5, or equivalent, with a minimum of 5.5 in all other components.

Structure

Example structure

A research degree doesn't have a taught structure, giving you the chance to investigate your chosen topic in real depth and reach a profound understanding. In communicating that understanding, through a thesis or other means, you have a rare opportunity to generate knowledge. A research degree allows you to develop new high-level skills, enhance your professional development and build new networks. It can open doors to many careers.

Dissertation

You must attend two formal supervisory board meetings each year where you submit literature reviews and research reports to the Board members prior to the meeting. At these meetings, such documents are discussed with you and your progress is assessed. Your PhD thesis is generally completed within three to four years and has a maximum length of 80,000 words. Great importance is given to the completion of PhDs within a four-year period from the time of initial registration.

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£5,103

International fee

£17,900

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Open Days

We hold open days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, graduate employability, student support and more
  • talk to our Fees and Funding team about scholarship opportunities
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

2020 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Applying

You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. You’ll need to provide us with your academic qualifications, as well as supporting documents such as transcripts, English language qualifications and certificates. You can find a list of necessary documents online, but please note we won’t be able to process your application until we have everything we need.

There is no application deadline and we aim to respond to applications within four weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

We encourage you to make a preliminary enquiry directly to a potential supervisor or the Graduate Administrator within your chosen Department or School. We encourage the consideration of a brief research proposal prior to the submission of a full application.

Colchester Campus

Visit Colchester Campus

Home to over 13,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites, making us one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet - we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place.

The Campus is set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, located two miles from the historic town centre of Colchester – England's oldest recorded town. Our Colchester Campus is also easily reached from London and Stansted Airport in under one hour.

 

Virtual tours

If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.

Exhibitions

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