Research Degrees in

Exercise and Ageing Physiology

in the Cheshire Campus

Opportunities are available to study for the research degrees of MSc, MPhil, PhD, either full-time or part-time.

Our research pursues the study of human physiological function during exercise and in response to stressors such as training, loading, overuse, sedentarism and ageing.

We apply imaging techniques, functional assessments in vivo, materials investigation, endocrine profiling and molecular genetic techniques to study properties of muscle, tendon and bone.

We have strong links within the wider MMU Health Research community. We also have ongoing activities with external clinical partners, equipment manufacturers and competitive sporting organisations.

The Exercise and Ageing Physiology research programme

  • Neuromusculotendinous mechanics and function in specific populations
  • Molecular risk factors for exercise-related injury and illness
  • Genomics of exercise ability and performance
  • Physiotherapeutic interventions in neuromusculoskeletal medicine
  • Nutritional and exercise interventions to improve function during ageing
  • Overuse and injury of bone and tendon
  • Facial injuries and protective devices in sport


Before applying for a research degree, applicants should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff to discuss a proposed research project. 
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How to Apply

Please complete the Research Degree Application Form.

Research Degree Application Form

Before you apply, we recommend that you:

  • Contact the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.
  • Ensure that you have gathered the necessary supporting documents required and submit them along with your application where possible: references, passport copy, qualification transcripts and certificates, English language proficiency evidence where relevant.
Next Stages of Your Application

We will contact you to let you know the initial outcome of your application, and invite you to attend an interview where appropriate.

Once the university is satisfied with the following, we will send you an offer letter informing you that you have been offered a place of study:

  • Your research proposal
  • The entry requirements have been met
  • You have satisfactory references
  • We have the expertise and resources to be able to supervise you
  • And you have had a successful interview

Some offers may be conditional upon achieving certain grades in your examinations, or successfully completing a particular programme. You must satisfy these conditions before we can confirm your unconditional place.

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