School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences

Research degrees

Pursue your research interests

By venturing into doctoral research with SRES, you will be the driving force behind our School’s research development. 

We provide an active, stimulating and thriving environment for you to carry out your research-based postgraduate degree, as well as a strong system of support to carry you through your studies at all levels.

Research degrees are available in:

We are firm advocates of an open-door policy and offer guidance through all stages of your research, with teaching staff and supervisors on hand to advise you throughout your time at Essex and beyond. 

Why choose us?
  • We were placed in the top 20% in 2014 for research quality and intensity (REF 2014)
  • We offer an active research seminar series with presentations from leading industry professional throughout the year
  • We offer annual PhD studentships to SRES research students
I'm grateful for the possibilities that were offered by the School to travel to scientific conferences, and to work as a Graduate Laboratory Assistant in a multitude of undergraduate modules. These experiences will undoubtedly be a great asset in my prospective career as a lecturer in Sports Science.
Patrick Schoenmakers PhD Sport and exercise science

So, what do we have to offer?

Brand new study environment

Our brand new facilities will offer ideal study spaces, just for postgraduate research students in the School. As well as access to a myriad of materials and on-hand experts, the new space will also house sports science and physiotherapy labs. 

Vibrant research community

As a postgraduate research student in SRES, your research will be informed by our cutting-edge resources. You will be able to use our new state of the art facilities, which are due to open in early 2018, while the diverse research backgrounds offered by our teaching staff means you will have plenty of opportunities to explore different areas of interest. You will also be able to attend SRES research seminars where guest speakers from across the industry are invited to present. 

Opportunities for paid lab experience 

As a Research student, there will also be opportunities for paid work experience as a Graduate Lab Assistant. These roles are usually advertised at the beginning of the year and provide hand-on research experience, guided by one of our expert teaching staff. 

Our research

Our School has a proven track record of excellence in teaching, research and applied sports science. The majority of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Assessment Framework (REF 2014).

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