Research Degrees in

Motor Cognition & Psychophysiology

in the Cheshire Campus

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

Our research impacts at many levels of human performance in the sport and clinical domains.

Broad in scope, our nationally- and internationally-renowned research ranges from laboratory-based work examining the use of video and motor imagery to support skill learning to work in the stroke community developing therapeutic interventions to support motor (re)learning.

Our interdisciplinary work has roots in psychology and neuroscience and we employ a range of methodological tools including transcranial magnetic stimulation, electroencephalography, eye gaze registration, computational modelling, motion tracking and clinical assessment.

Current themes

  • Attention and decision making in simulated (re)learning
  • The mechanisms and efficacy of simulated (re)learning
  • Cognitive biases in the perception of chronic pain
  • Psychological issues in bodybuilding and strength training (including exercise dependence, muscle dysmorphia, steroid use and low back pain)
  • The psychophysiological aspects of extreme sports, health and wellbeing


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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