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  • Qualification

    MRes - Master of Research

  • Location

    City Centre Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The Master of Research (MRes) allows you to develop specialised research methods in exercise science, within a professional research setting. This master's course is excellent preparation for PhD study in exercise science, as the discipline becomes increasingly focused on research.

Early in the course you will take a taught module, choosing from a menu of options related to Strength and Conditioning or Clinical Exercise Physiology. You will then select a project to work on, related to the existing work of the department's research groups. This prepares you for the main part of the course, which is the design and implementation of a study of your choice for your thesis.

At the end of the course you could follow the usual route of progressing to doctoral level. Equally, you will have the appropriate skills to start a career in any aspect of professional research or exercise science.

The course will provide you with an excellent foundation in research methods. It can act as the perfect stepping stone to a doctorate, and will give you a real taste of PhD life. Not only will you gain this fantastic experience but you will gain an MRes Exercise Science master's degree, which is an extremely valuable qualification in it's own right.

Given the intensity and complexity of study, the MRes qualification demonstrates your ability to go beyond undergraduate skills. In order to achieve the Exercise Science MRes you will enhance your research professionalism, communication skills and evaluative abilities. You will show that you are capable of making decisions in complex situations, and that you possess a thirst for independent learning.

Northumbria has an unrivalled reputation for sport and exercise science research power in the North East. Making full use of our sport science labs, we adopt an interdisciplinary approach to our three main themes:

Relation of, adaptation to, and recovery from exercise
Clinical exercise physiology and nutrition in promoting healthy living
Education and development of coaches' and athletes' performance

Sport and exercise science graduate jobs can include roles across a range of organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. You can expect to be prepared for roles such as: exercise physiologist, fitness centre manager, personal trainer, secondary school teacher, sports administrator, sports development officer and sports therapist.

Tuition fees

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£ 15,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Northumbria University, Newcastle

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  • Campus address

    Northumbria University, Northumberland Building, Northumberland Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, NE1 8ST, England

Students from around the world come to Northumbria for its reputation in law, design, engineering, business and architecture, amongst others.
Northumbria has an international community of students from over 130 countries, and decades of experience in welcoming students to the city of Newcastle.
Northumbria is one of the leading new universities in the UK.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    35th out of 84 9

  • Entry standards

    / Max 203
    150 75%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    67 67%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.24 85%



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