Research Degrees in

Sociology of Sport

in the Cheshire Campus

Opportunities are available to study for the research degrees of MA/MSc, MPhil and PhD, either full-time or part-time in the following areas:

The work in the Sociology, Coaching and Sports Development Research Group is in diverse aspects of the critical sociology and history of sport and sport coaching, sport development, policy and evaluation, football development related projects and in physical education. It draws upon various research methodologies and paradigms and a range of theoretical perspectives. We have been linked to the work of MISPA (Manchester Institute of Sport and Physical Activity) and Cheshire East Legacy Action Plan (LEAP), which is a joint programme for our Cheshire campus and Cheshire East Council, to develop a legacy from the Pre-Games Training Camps for London 2012 Olympic Games. This group has evolved from the long-standing interests and expertise within the department in many aspects of coaching, applied sport research and in the development of and through sport, with recent appointments adding professional and applied expertise and interests.


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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