Masters by Research (MRes) in Sport and Exercise Sciences

"this course is an essential stepping stone for those looking to work as an applied researcher within a sporting environment"
Chelsea Oxendale, MRes Student, Dept of Sport and Exercise Sciences.


The Department of Sport and Exercise Science offers the MRes degree in the following areas:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Sociology of Sport and Exercise

The MRes in Sports Science is an innovative opportunity for students to engage in a substantive individual research project with personal supervision and targeted research training. The aim is to give students a supportive environment in which to develop and utilise their research skills.

The degree involves completion of two modules delivered as part of the taught masters programmes and the completion of a personal research project.

Taught modules

All students complete a taught Research Methods module plus a second module specific to their discipline of interest.

The two taught modules are assessed by a 4,000-word written assignment (or its equivalent), and there are no formal examinations.

MRes Research Project

MRes students complete a programme of personal research and submit a literature review, journal article style paper and oral presentation on their chosen topic.

Projects are varied and can be directed to coincide with career aspirations or be work related. Projects can be conducted in the well equiped laboratories at the University, in a place of work or in the home City or Country of the student.

Each project is subject to individual discussion with the MRes Director of Studies and the intended project supervisor.


The MRes offers students an opportunity to develop skills suitable for a range of careers ranging from research, teaching, industry and beyond.

The programme also provides an excellent grounding for those looking to undertake MPhil or PhD research.


Student endorsement

“The MRes programme has enabled me to concentrate on a specific research topic of my interest. This programme is less structured than a normal masters so I have a greater amount of freedom as to the focus of my research, with the support of my supervisors and other academic members of staff. Alongside my programme, I work as a sport scientist with St Helens Rugby League first team, where I have gained a vast amount of applied experience and I am able to put forward ideas and procedures to gather data for my research. More importantly, help educate the athletes and improve their sporting performance. Typically I perform all physiological testing on the athletes including fitness/strength testing, hydration, fatigue and body composition, give one-to-one nutritional advice, monitor training load and give education talks to the athletes.

I believe this course is an essential stepping stone for those looking to work as an applied researcher within a sporting environment or to study for a PhD. The sport science staff at the University of Chester are experts within the field, and are passionate about continuously improving the 'student learning experience'. Although my course has a greater emphasis on individual learning, I know I have the support of the sport science staff to help me out with both my research and my contribution as a sport scientist at Saints.”

Chelsea Oxendale, MRes Student, Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements: 2:1 first degree or Masters in a relevant discipline or substantive professional experience.

How to Apply

Application is made online (, although expressions of interest and enquiries can be made to Dr. Craig Twist ( who is the Department’s Research Development Officer.

Note: Please indicate your subject area of interest on the application

UK & EU Students

  • MRes: Full Time - £3,900/Part Time - £1,950

Non-UK or Non-EU Students:

  • MRes non laborary based £10,700
  • MRes laboratory based £14,000

*The fee information is intended as a guide only

*Fees can be paid in full or in interest free monthly payments.