Research at the Cheshire campus

Important information: Manchester Metropolitan University - Cheshire campus 

Manchester Metropolitan University will withdraw from its campus in Crewe, Cheshire in the summer of 2019.

We are no longer accepting enquiries and applications from prospective postgraduate candidates interested in research study at the Cheshire campus.

Faculties at our central Manchester campus continue to accept research applications. Please visit our website for the latest information on the Postgraduate Research Courses

 Research at the Cheshire campus comes with pedigree and an international reputation. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), much of the research at Cheshire was rated as either 'World-Leading' or 'Internationally-Excellent'. 

Key highlights included staff in Exercise and Sport Science contributing to the highly successful Allied Health Professions research submission that positioned the University 12th overall for power and top new University.

Research in Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts, was also judged to have internationally excellent and world-leading elements. Other significant contributions to the REF included high quality submissions in Art and Design, Education, Engineering, English, History, Philosophy, and Social Work and Social Policy.

Sport and musculoskeletal science is a strong research area for Manchester Metropolitan where the University has enjoyed an excellent reputation for over 25 years. Our work in this area is ranked 5th in the UK and 41st in the world (2016 Shanghai Jiao Tong Global Research Quality Index).

Our research continues to make a significant impact on local, national and international society, health, economies, culture, public policy, services, the environment and quality of life.

Student benefits

Our research achievements demonstrate our strengths in fundamental and applied science, and artistic and applied social science research, while always reflecting the rich, supportive and dynamic research environment available for students to progress their learning. 

The close relationship between our research portfolio and our teaching and learning provision means that both undergraduates and postgraduates benefit from the latest developments in the field. All students benefit from research-informed, research-led and research-involved learning and teaching practices. Students in our postgraduate research community have opportunities to contribute to seminars and develop their own academic skills and practices.

With many staff holding professional qualifications that allow for exciting opportunities in applied research, knowledge exchange or practice-based research.

Health, Exercise and Active Living research centre Graduate School 

Areas of research expertise include:

Business Management

  • Accounting Research and Sustainability
  • Business and Health
  • Creative Leadership
  • Innovation and Sustainability
  • Businesses and Corporate Social Responsibility 
  • Female Entrepreneurship
  • International Marketing

Contemporary Arts

  • Arts, Performance and Society
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance: Choreography, Performance and Screen
  • Dance
  • Music Composition: Popular Music, Music Production and Music Technology
  • Performance and Musicology
  • Socially Engaged Arts Practice
  • Theatre: Devising, Directing, Dramaturgy, Performer Training


Exercise and Sport Science

  • Health, Exercise and Active Living  
  • Biomechanics and Long-term Conditions
  • Exercise and Ageing Physiology
  • Motor Cognition
  • Movement Rehabilitation
  • Coaching and Sports Development  
  • Sports History  

Research websites:

Health, Exercise and Active Living research centre

Research into Coaching (CRiC)

Sports and Leisure History (SPLeisH)

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Humanities and Social Science
  • Abuse Research
  • English
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology


Research and Knowledge Exchange