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MRes Sports Science

Course overview

Start date

January 2018

September 2018

Subject area

Health, Sport and Bioscience

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

The MRes in Sports 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.

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Entry requirements

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Minimum 2.2 Honours in a Relevant Subject

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 

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(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

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In considering applicants we will look for evidence of a candidate’s ability and background knowledge in relation to the proposed field of study. On receipt of your application you will be assessed for suitability for entry to the programme and if acceptable will be sent a list of research projects to select from. You will be required to submit a short written justification for your project selection.  All applicants will be interviewed prior to confirming an offer of a place on the programme.


A written statement in support of your application of a maximum of 1,500 words outlining academic and professional background, career objectives and reasons for choosing the MRes Programme.


Overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll study

  • 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 Sports 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.

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