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Sport and leisure cultures PhD

University of Brighton

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Brighton

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

The University of Brighton took a pioneering role in the development of sport and leisure research and it has been a key discipline at the university for over 40 years.

Research of international standing and impact has characterised the department throughout this time, and we welcome PhD students to join an environment that takes a critical perspective on sport and leisure and develops a public-facing, interventionist social science.

Current areas of expertise include race and racism; the politics of, in, and surrounding sport; coastal and seaside leisure, refugees; migration; the politics of movement; identity politics; social movements; football cultures and fandom; labour rights; sport and international development; gender and sexuality; sports tourism; combat sports; and sports media and journalism; sport and violence; acculturation; coach-athlete relationships; and cross-cultural communication.

Our current and recent sport and leisure PhD students are investigating a range of topics in relation to marginalised communities in sport, such as women in Palestine, refugee women, bisexual sportspeople, transgender sportspeople, community action in Rio de Janeiro, and seaside gentrification.

We offer PhD study in both full and part-time modes and welcome students with significant professional experience, who are able to use and share the career skills they have developed, as well as those who have recently completed first degrees and wish to take advantage of their academic momentum. Many of our graduates continue in academia, becoming lecturers or post-doctoral researchers. Other recent jobs include Head of Commercial Activity at a professional club in Scandinavia and Head of Community Development at a professional club in England.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 13,326per year

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

University information

University of Brighton

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  • Campus address

    University of Brighton, Mithras House, Lewes Road, Brighton, Brighton & Hove, BN2 4AT, England

Employability is embedded into every course, helping students to develop transferable and personal skills.
The university is set between the sea and the South Downs National Park and has easy access to London.
International students are guaranteed a place in halls of residence.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    85th out of 102 1

    45th out of 84

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    105 53%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    42 42%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.87 77%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 203
    128 64%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    66 66%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.10 82%



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