Professional Doctorate in Sport, Exercise and Health Science

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    This course will be held at the Medway Campus


    The Professional Doctorate in Sport, Exercise and Health Science is a specialist programme designed for experienced sport, exercise and health practitioners who would like to undertake research that is relevant and applied to their area of professional practice.

    Through a combination of individually tutored modules and your own research, you develop your academic and professional knowledge and acquire a range of advanced research skills. The professional doctorate programme culminates with the submission of your doctoral thesis or portfolio on a topic that advances your area of professional knowledge or practice.

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    About the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

    The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is one of the most exciting and innovative sports schools in the UK.

    The School is based on the University’s award-winning Medway campus and has well-equipped, state-of the-art sports science laboratories, sports therapy clinic, sports rehabilitation gymnasium and respiratory clinic.

    The University of Kent has recently benefited from the development of Medway Park, an £11 million project to create a regional centre of sporting excellence that was an approved pre-Olympic training camp venue for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Medway Park has hosted a number of major sporting events, such as the Modern Pentathlon World Cup and European Championships.

    The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences offers both taught and research postgraduate courses in Sport and Exercise Science and Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation.

    Study support

    - Postgraduate resources

    The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences has recently invested heavily in its equipment and other resources, and has world-class sports therapy and sport science facilities. Campus facilities include a 12-couch teaching clinic and state-of-the-art sports science laboratories. There is a wide range of equipment, including motorised and non-motorised treadmills, cycle ergometers, an isokinetic dynamometer, and blood and gas analysis equipment. In addition, at Medway Park, the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences has its own cutting-edge sports therapy clinic, rehabilitation gymnasium, sports science laboratories and a respiratory clinic.

    There is also a hypoxic environmental chamber, and analytical chemistry, respiratory testing and psychobiology laboratories. These specialist rooms have been set up with over £700,000 of new equipment, including an anti-gravity treadmill, a 3D video analysis system, 2D force pedals, ultra-sound imaging, near-infrared spectroscopy and a gait analysis system.

    The School operates a commercial sports injury and rehabilitation clinic, respiratory clinic and sports performance services from Medway Park to support elite athletes, regional squads and local residents. As a postgraduate student, you have the opportunity to develop your professional skills as you work with clients in the clinic and laboratory under staff supervision.

    - Dynamic publishing culture

    Staff publish regularly and widely in leading scientific journals. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise; American Journal of Sports Medicine; Journal of Applied Physiology; and British Journal of Sports Medicine.

    - Researcher Development Programme

    Kent's Graduate School co-ordinates the Researcher Development Programme ( for research students, which includes workshops focused on research, specialist and transferable skills. The programme is mapped to the national Researcher Development Framework and covers a diverse range of topics, including subjectspecific research skills, research management, personal effectiveness, communication skills, networking and teamworking, and career management skills.


    Our programmes have been developed and designed to provide students with the required knowledge and skills to work autonomously in the field of sport science and sports therapy. The programmes provide opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate both specialist academic and transferable skills such as good communication, problem solving, critical analysis and the ability to work independently to a high standard. The programmes also aim to give you the opportunity to build long-term careers within your chosen field.

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    Visit the Professional Doctorate in Sport, Exercise and Health Science page on the University of Kent website for more details!

    (Student Profile)

    Christina Blair Carroll

    2317.jpg Why did you choose to study at the University of Kent?
    It is highly rated for post graduation employment prospects and student satisfaction. It is also one of the few schools in the UK that offer the degree that I was looking for (MSc Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation). When I toured the University, I instantly knew that I wanted to come here, it was a perfect mix of everything that I was looking for in a University.

    What do you enjoy most about being at the University of Kent?
    I love the classes and my classmates. We get along very well and work well with each other in classroom discussions.

    What do you enjoy most about the University of Kent course that you are attending?
    The classes are stimulating and enjoyable.

    What do you enjoy about living and studying at the Medway campus?
    I live off campus, but I like the proximity to London and historic towns, such as Rochester. It's nice to be so close to so many things to be able to visit them on the weekends.

    How do you think your experience at the University of Kent will help you after graduation?
    I think that with the experience of my lecturers and their contacts, this networking will help me to accomplish my goal.

    How would you recommend the University of Kent to other students in your home country?
    I would recommend it by explaining the class sizes are small, so you get a lot of one on one attention from your lecturers. There's a lot of equipment at the MSc students disposal to be able to learn many new skills.

    How did you first find out about the University of Kent?
    I looked on the SST website to find school accredited by the society, and started my search from there.

    (Student Profile)

    Louise Holden

    2318.jpg Why did you choose to study at the University of Kent?
    The reputation of University of Kent as well as offering a unique course combining my interests in sport, health and fitness. I felt the course met my interests more than a typical sports science degree.

    What did you enjoy most about being at the University of Kent?
    I particularly valued the close-knit community that the Medway campus offered, access to top of the range science and lab equipment and a well-equipped Drill Hall library and knowledge resources.

    What did you enjoy most about the University of Kent course that you are attending?
    The open door policy of the lecturers and the support they provided. Lessons were well-structured and stimulating and the staff highly knowledgeable and passionate. Smaller class sizes were an added bonus as you had more 1.1 contact time. The lecturers often went that extra mile e.g. Steve Meadows for allowing us to attend a Phase IV cardiac rehabilitation class.

    What did you enjoy about living and studying at the Medway campus?
    I lived off campus – and had an hour commute. It was only an hour journey and this made it more convenient to attend and cost efficient as I did not need to relocate during my studies

    How do you think your experience at the University of Kent will help you after graduation?
    The encouragement from the lecturers and push to excel has certainly helped me.

    How would you recommend the University of Kent to other students?
    Smaller class sizes, knowledgeable, hands-on lecturers, great resources

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    Entry Requirements

    Candidates must normally be experienced sport, exercise or health practitioners. Candidates will be required to write a brief proposal and will be invited to attend an informal interview with the programme director and potential supervisor.

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