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MRes Sport and Exercise Science

Course summary

The MRes in Sport and Exercise Science is designed to give you the opportunity to develop key research skills focused on sport and related research.

Most of your study will involve an independent research project supervised by an established researcher within the School, with the rest based on a core research skills module. 

Teaching methods include lectures, workshops, seminars, discussion groups and meetings with your supervisory team. All taught modules are supported by online material. 

You will work on your project in our refurbished sport and exercise laboratories, excellent modern sports facilities or in collaboration with local community organisations with the support of an existing research group with good community links.


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UK Modern university for Research Quality*

Sport made a major contribution to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. This deems us the top modern university in London for our area of research and eighth in the country.* ( Sports Science, CUG, 2018)

Strong employment prospects

This course will provide you with an excellent grounding if you are seeking a career in the increasingly competitive sports science research environment

Investment in facilities

You will have access to truly outstanding sports facilities as well as new laboratories at our Docklands Campus.


What you'll study

We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.

  • Essential Research Skills (core)
  • Research Project (core)
Students will choose to study one of the optional modules below.
  • Designing and implementing survey research (option)
  • Quantitative data analysis methods (option)
  • Creating and analysing qualitative data (option)
  • Doing research to assess quality,impact and effectiveness (option)
  • Contemporary Theories in Sport Psychology (option)
  • Theory of Strength and Conditioning (option)
  • Sport and Exercise Nutrition (option)
  • Physical Activity and Exercise (option)
  • Muscles, Movement and Exercise (option)
  • Gait, Balance and Posture (option)
  • Managing the Healthy Athlete (option)
  • Sports Rehabilitation: Injury to Optimal Performance (option)

How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods vary across the course. They include written reports, presentations, a professional research proposal, a final research dissertation and an oral defence of your dissertation. For the optional modules, they could include essays, written exams, case studies, data assignments and practical laboratory work.

Course specification

How you'll learn

Teaching methods will include lectures, workshops, seminars, discussion groups and meetings with your supervisory team. 

All the taught modules are supported by material that can be accessed online. Our virtual learning environment also offers you the opportunity to complete a variety of activities that will enhance your studies.

You will work on your project in our recently refurbished sport and exercise laboratories and with the support of an existing research group, with good community links.

The focus of our work within UEL is twofold: to contribute to scientific knowledge about improving sports performance and to enhance the quality of life of people in our local community. Our research explores areas such as positive sport psychology, exercise physiology, nutrition and physical activity and wellbeing.

We are committed to civic engagement – learning through real-life projects that benefit society – and our research impacts positively on the lives of our students and local people.

You will become a part of all this as you work towards your MRes qualification.

As an MRes student, you will have at least two and not normally more than three supervisors, who between them offer a unique range of academic and professional experience.

One of your supervisors will be the director of studies, who will keep in touch with you on a regular and frequent basis.

What you'll learn

The majority of your course will be taken up by an independent research project, which will offer 120 credits.

The remaining third of the course consists of a core research skills module – which you will take at the beginning of your first year of study – and an optional module. Each is worth 30 credits.

For full-time students, this will run concurrently with the research project. Part-time students must complete the skills module prior to starting the project.

The optional module may be selected from a list which features further research skills and subject-related academic modules, including: Designing and Implementing Survey Research; Research to Evaluate Quality, Impact and Effectiveness; Muscles, Movement and Exercise; Gait, Balance and Posture; and Managing the Healthy Athlete; and Sports Rehabilitation: Injury to Optimal Performance.

If you complete the Essential Research Skills module and an optional module, you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate.

To achieve the award of MRes in Sport and Exercise Science you must successfully pass both taught modules and mount a successful oral defence of your dissertation.

Your future career

This course will provide you with an excellent grounding if you are seeking a career in the increasingly competitive research environment, as well as providing a base for further study to MPhil or PhD level.

You will benefit from your association with this dynamic and demonstrably successful area of UEL research.

The Applied Sports Sciences Research Group focuses on how sport and physical activity impact on social, psychological and physiological outcomes. It has steadily increased its peer-reviewed research since being established in 2011.

While this course is aimed at students wishing to go into scientific research, it also equips you with skills that will be of vital value to you in a wide range of careers.

You will be an applicant of proven suitability for any job requiring motivated individuals with good independent and team-working skills and demonstrable ability in the creation, synthesis, analysis and communication of data and information.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal

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