The School of Applied Sciences has a strong culture of research and enterprise.
73% of our research into Sport and Exercise Sciences was awarded the two highest ratings: 4 world-leading or 3 internationally excellent, for overall quality by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. 90% received 4 or 3 for 'impact' (reach and significance) and 75% a 3* for 'environment' - "conducive to producing research of internationally excellent quality, in terms of its vitality and sustainability".
This success is underpinned by a strong record of external income generation with the total current contract value of research and enterprise awards exceeding £4m.
Income is generated from a wide range of sources including the research councils, European Union, industry, Government, charities, consultancy and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. Our research is to a very large degree interdisciplinary and collaborative with strong national and international links.
Research is undertaken within the many research groups based in the School and research students can expect to join one of these groups. A member of staff, expert in the chosen field, is directly responsible for guiding and supporting a student's research programme. A secondary supervisor is appointed to give further guidance and assistance and, in some cases, additional supervisors can also be invited to join the supervisory team such as an expert from industry.
Human Performance Centre
The Human Performance Centre acts as a research and enterprise hub for sport, exercise and nutrition sciences.
Most research students register initially for the MPhil programme and then progress on to the Doctoral track following satisfactory completion of an MPhil Transfer Report, after 18 months of study. A first progress report is also required of all research students after ten months from the date of enrolment.
Research methods training
All research students are required to participate in a Key Skills Development programme aimed at developing transferable skills in addition to those employed in carrying out research. Training in research methods is available through frequent research seminars.
When necessary the research student can follow, in part, relevant Masters courses available within the Faculty and in particular units on research methodology. In some cases, research students are encouraged to follow other courses available within the University or externally aimed at improving their general expertise in their chosen areas.
In addition, they may be encouraged to follow language courses aimed at improving their oral and written skills - both essential in their future careers.
Research students are often sponsored to attend national and international conferences and to meet leading scientists in their fields and to present their research findings. The progress of all research students is formally monitored by the University's Research Degree Committee.
A research degree will equip you with many transferable skills. The self-discipline, the demand for clear analytical thinking, and the ability to turn criticism of others work into something constructive of your own, all constitute a unique training for almost any kind of career. The excitement and satisfaction of finding new facts, a new idea, or a new way of looking at something can be highly rewarding.
When applying for the PhD or MPhil you will normally be expected to have a first or upper second class honours degree or a masters degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, or its overseas equivalent. You may also be required to undertake some taught courses in research methods or other subjects from a range of courses in the School.
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Last updated April 8, 2016