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The University of Wolverhampton

MResSport and Exercise

Why choose this course?

The MRes Sport & Exercise course aims to develop you as a researcher and reflective, evidence-based practitioner within your specialist area of sport, exercise or coaching. There is an emphasis on student-led research and modules focused on the application of research within both laboratory and applied settings.

You will develop advanced research skills including laboratory and applied techniques, problem-solving, reflective practice and the ability to critically analyse, interpret and apply evidence. You will be supported by a supervisor throughout your studies to develop your research skills and their application, and in identifying how your professional profile can be best applied within a changing vocational market.

The MRes is available in:

  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sports Coaching
  • Physical Activity, Exercise and Health

with supervision in the above subject areas being matched to available staff expertise.

VIDEO: Our MRes students use the latest tech to help runner prepare for the London Marathon:

MRes Sport & Exercise students Tom Male and Connor Langley presenting their research at the BASES Biomechanics Interest Group Meeting.
MRes Sport & Exercise students Tom Male and Connor Langley presenting their research at the BASES Biomechanics Interest Group Meeting.

What happens on the course?

The course comprises of three taught (20 credit) modules, combined with a large component (120 credits) of independent research. The taught components will be delivered in semesters one and two. The independent research will continue throughout all three semesters of the course.

The course offers flexible learning options that involve blocked delivery of teaching. Therefore enquiries are welcome from applicants in full-time and part-time employment. You will learn in a variety of settings including group and tutor-led study facilitated in classroom and laboratory environments, independent study and online learning.

Taught Modules

Advanced Practical Skills:
The module aims to develop an understanding of advanced practical skills used in a range of disciplines related to sport, exercise and coaching science. Students will gain experience of advanced laboratory and field based analysis methods and techniques as well as improve practitioner skills that will facilitate the data collection process. Advanced methods of processing data and its application to the analysis of sport and exercise will be explored. As well as develop skills relevant to their chosen area of specialism, students will be expected to explore techniques used in a range of other areas related to sport, exercise and coaching in order to develop a cross discipline understanding.

Advanced Research Methods:
his module provides students with the opportunity to build on their research methods training, applying and reflecting upon the skills required for post graduate level research. You will be introduced to current techniques, technologies and paradigms used in research and analysis whilst being provided with tutorials to support your exploration of methodological frameworks.

Applied Professional Practice:

This module will be largely student-led; you will be provided with a range of tools to help you undertake, record and reflect on a placement associated with your professional area/area of interest. Students will cover a range of topics to support the placement and the learning to be derived from it (for example): theories of reflective practice; undertaking reflective practices alone and with others; conducting detailed literature reviews; applying academic research to applied practice, developing an effective learning plan and SWOT analyses (self and organisational).

Why Wolverhampton?

To share in the success of some of our previous graduates see the 'What our students think' section.

Sports student scores a winning work placement with super league club - MRes student starts internship with Indian Super League team the Delhi Dynamos

This course is designed for graduates or those with relevant professional experience who wish to enhance their understanding and application of specialist knowledge and advanced research skills within professional and academic settings in sport, exercise, health or coaching. Particular emphasis is given to developing advanced research skills that are applied to your chosen area of study and practice.

Each year we offer a range of bursaries for which successful MRes Sport & Exercise applicants can apply. These assist with the payment of fees (partially or fully depending on the bursary). In addition they provide the recipient with the guaranteed opportunity for relevant work experience in a professional environment. Providers of such bursaries include: Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Walsall FC and The Health Futures University Technical College.

The Institute of Sport and Human Science has an excellent reputation for teaching quality, supervision and research. You will have the opportunity to work with staff accredited by the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences, the British Psychological Society, and the Higher Education Academy, whilst completing a course that will enhance your career prospects and prepare you for future study at Doctoral level.

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What our students think

“The MRes was a fantastic course that included a good balance between theory and practical work. Completing the MRes allowed me to gain vital transferable skills such as leadership, communication and teamwork that are needed within the workplace. The University prides itself on creating employment opportunities for all its students and the knowledge, skills and experience that I gained from completing the MRes helped me successfully complete an internship at a professional football club. It was great to be able to implement my research skills within a real life football context as a performance analyst.”
Kerys Harrop, MRes Sport and Exercise graduate and Birmingham City Ladies FC defender

Dean Harris

“Without doing the MRes I would have found it very difficult to gain access to an applied sporting environment like I have done. The course allowed me to research my chosen field and apply it. …I gained invaluable experience where my applied practice developed and allowed me to learn my trade."
Dean Harris, Academy Strength and Conditioning Coach, Walsall FC

Career path

You will be well prepared to pursue or build on an existing career in a range of applied sport, health and exercise, and physical activity settings. This includes preparing you for higher or further education teaching and research, and for further study at doctoral level. By completing the course, you will enhance your employability and promotion prospects within your chosen profession.

If you are an existing practitioner within the field of sport & exercise there will be the opportunity for you to significantly improve your Continuing Professional Development portfolio. This will be achieved through applied and / or laboratory based research, and work placement opportunities that form part of the applied professional practice module.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course, graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  • an in-depth knowledge and critical awareness of current research and contemporary issues, within your specialist area of sport and exercise science, sports coaching or physical activity.
  • comprehensive research skills and the ability to carry out specialised assessment methods relevant to your specialist area of sport and exercise science, sports coaching or physical activity.
  • the ability to critically assess and evaluate the most appropriate research designs and methodologies appropriate to your specialist area of sport and exercise science, sports coaching or physical activity.
  • the ability to independently apply a systematic and critical approach to research, problem-solving, and decision-making within a range of contexts.
  • the ability to apply reflective practice, research and a range of research methods and techniques to advance your knowledge and understanding in applied practice.
  • competences applicable for continued independent learning and professional development.

Entry requirements

  • You will need a good degree in a related subject (normally 2:1 or above). We will consider applicants who have other qualifications or experience, equivalent to degree level.
  • You will need to supply evidence in the personal statement on the application form that demonstrates your suitability for the MRes Sport & Exercise. The statement should indicate your reasons for studying the MRes, an appropriate area of research you wish to pursue on the course and other relevant education and work experience. Please access the following for further information about writing your personal statement.
  • Offers made will be subject to receipt of a suitable reference.
  • Please note those receiving an offer of a place on the course will be subsequently required to meet a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.
  • Applicants from overseas should also have a good standard of written and spoken English (normally IELTS 6.5). You will also need to obtain a certificate of good conduct / character and any other references from your home country, this will be required to ensure you pass the UK police (DBS) checks that are a requirement of the course.
  • Please note you may be required to attend an interview for this course.

Course fees and finance

2018/9 Home/EU International
Full time £6,150 £12,700
Part time £3,075

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2018/9. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.


Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England was introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit:

Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number [4413]. A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites, or Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount ( If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at


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