University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Sport and Exercise Science

The aim of your postgraduate research degree is to ensure that you have the requisite research training and education to prepare you for future research and career endeavours. As such, all research programmes are delivered in conjunction with the Graduate School where a comprehensive development programme covering all aspects of research training and processes are covered, this in addition to having a supervisory team of up to three academics. Further to this, all postgraduate researchers are encouraged to attend, and submit work to appropriate conferences. The research award (either MPhil or PhD) will be assessed via a written thesis and a viva-voce examination.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a Master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

Environmental and Occupational Science

Research areas include:

Environmental and survival physiology, and medicine
Preparation for, and protection from, environmental extremes
Psychology of performance in extreme environments
Surveillance and cognitive function
Responses to cold water immersion
Peripheral vascular response to cold challenges
Cold water swimming training, thermoregulation over the course of a season
The effect of exercise when exposed to hypoxia following habituation to hand and forearm cooling
The influence of exercise in the cold on respiratory function, airway remodelling and the development of respiratory conditions
The influence of overweight and obesity on respiratory function, particularly in paediatric groups
Peripheral vascular responses evoked in normal and cold-sensitive individuals by iontophoresis of α1- and α2-adrenoceptor agonists
The effect of acute beetroot juice supplementation on local skin temperature and blood flow following cold water immersion in normal and cold-sensitive individuals
Diagnostic tests in Non-Freezing Cold Injury
Ethnic differences in thermoregulation Occupational physiology and fitness standards
Performance psychology of individuals and organisations
Role of exercise testing in elective and non-elective surgical screening and the effect of exercise prescription in managing surgical risk
Interaction of nutritional supplementation and exercise on health outcomes in individuals with chronic disease
Stress and emotion
Performance profiling
Psychology of extreme environment activities
Mechanism(s) of exercise limitation in patients with chronic disease
Influence of chronic disease on oxygen uptake kinetics and muscle metabolism
Respiratory muscle training and singing in children and adults with cystic fibrosis

Human Movement

Research areas include:

Understanding appropriate breast support
Clinical implications of breast pain
Influences of the breast on physical activity
Biomechanics of sports apparel
The behaviour of soft tissue during dynamic sporting activities
Breast support implications (biomechanical, physiological or psychological) for specific athlete or occupation populations
The effect of bra fit and breast characteristics on functional breast support
The development of educational material for breast health issues in specific populations
Enhancing human performance
Clinical exercise science and physical activity promotion
Breathing muscle limitations and training in sport and/or exercise
Swimming performance physiology
Breathing muscle limitations in swimming and/or methods to overcome limitations
Physical activity for type II diabetes
Evaluating exercise referral services
Exercise service provision for patients with cardiac, pulmonary and diabetes conditions
Force dissipation characteristics of different surface / footwear interfaces
Assistive devices
Relationship between physical activity and the development of sport and movement skills
Optimisation of training methods for improving perceptual skill and decision making
Psychology of elite performance
Psychological skills training for sports performance
Psychology of sports coaching
Talent identification of elite referees, pathways, referee selection and development
Analysis of refereeing pathways, structures, models, training and performance
Examination of spatio-temporal constraints on perceptual-motor control
Multi segment neuromuscular changes during impact in response to anticipated and unanticipated post landing movement directio
Professionalism in Sport - business ethics, corporate social responsibility and codes of conduct within the sports industry
The history of Women's Rugby Union
Psychological Contracts and Risk Management within the Sports Industry

Assessment methods

The varying teaching formats are reflected in the assignments. Assessment methods include: essays; industry reports; reflective accounts; professional presentations; projects and portfolios.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time October 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2017 GBP 12,600 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time October 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Part-time October 2017 GBP 1,590 per Year 1 (EU) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2017 GBP 1,590 per Year 1 (England) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2017 GBP 6,300 per Year 1 (International) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2017 GBP 1,590 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2017 GBP 1,590 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2017 GBP 1,590 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 years
PhD Part-time October 2017 GBP 1,590 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 6 years
PhD Full-time February 2018 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time February 2018 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Full-time February 2018 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 3 years
PhD Full-time February 2018 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Full-time February 2018 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time February 2018 GBP 12,600 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Full-time February 2018 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Part-time February 2018 GBP 1,590 per Year 1 (EU) 6 years
PhD Part-time February 2018 GBP 1,590 per Year 1 (England) 6 years
PhD Part-time February 2018 GBP 6,300 per Year 1 (International) 6 years
PhD Part-time February 2018 GBP 1,590 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 years
PhD Part-time February 2018 GBP 1,590 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 years
PhD Part-time February 2018 GBP 1,590 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 years
PhD Part-time February 2018 GBP 1,590 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 6 years

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Key information

Contact: 
Research Team - Faculty of Science
Telephone number: 
023 9284 2994