Professional Doctorate in Sport, Exercise and Health Science - SportD


    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    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.

    Overview

    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.

    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 will be based on the University’s main Canterbury campus from September 2021. We have well-equipped, state-of the-art sports science laboratories, sports therapy clinic, sports rehabilitation gymnasium and respiratory clinic. Our laboratories include the latest equipment, such as our:

    • anti-gravity treadmill, originally developed to help NASA astronauts to exercise in space
    • cycling and rowing ergometers to measure anaerobic capacity
    • isokinetic dynamometer to measure muscle and joint function
    • brain and muscle stimulators
    • 3D motion video analysis
    • imaging and treatment ultrasound
    • gait analysis and force pedals
    • blood testing and gas analysis equipment
    • rehabilitation gymnasium.

    Our environmental chamber, which can recreate the atmosphere in the Brazilian jungle or at the top of Everest, is based on the Medway campus.

    Our move to the Canterbury campus will give you access to some top-class leisure and study facilities. For example, the Sports Centre/Pavilion provides:  

    • an air-conditioned fitness suite across two floors 
    • dance and fitness studios with numerous classes 
    • indoor courts for badminton, basketball, netball, volleyball and squash 
    • training facilities for martial arts, boxing and combat sports 
    • outdoor pitches for rugby, football and American football.

    Research areas

    The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences has a strong and vibrant research culture. It is quickly establishing the University of Kent as one of the leading places in the UK for the study of sport. The School’s research interests focus on two broad themes: endurance performance and exercise, sports therapy and injury rehabilitation.

    In endurance performance, the School has one of the largest groups of research excellence within Europe lead by Professors Samuele Marcora and Louis Passfield. Professor Samuele Marcora is the School’s Research Director and a prolific researcher. He has published many studies on a range of topics. Professor Louis Passfield has been conducting sports science research for over 20 years and has published many papers on training and cycling. He has also worked as a sports scientist with British Cycling, helping Britain’s leading riders prepare for four Olympic Games, including the highly successful Beijing Olympic team. We have a strong team of prolific, leading researchers within this group, and many are involved in a range of projects. For further details, see: http://www.kent.ac.uk/sportsciences/research/endurance-research-group.html

    In sports therapy and injury rehabilitation, Dr Karen Hambly has established a world-wide reputation for her work in this area, and other staff within the School are involved in ground-breaking studies within this field. For further details, see: http://www.kent.ac.uk/sportsciences/research/health-research-group.html

    Staff research interests

    Kent’s world-class academics provide research students with excellent supervision. The academic staff in this school and their research interests are shown below. You are strongly encouraged to contact the school to discuss your proposed research and potential supervision prior to making an application. Please note, it is possible for students to be supervised by a member of academic staff from any of Kent’s schools, providing their expertise matches your research interests. Use our ‘find a supervisor’ search to search by staff member or keyword.


    Visit the Sport, Exercise and Health Science - SportD page on the University of Kent website for more details!

    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.

    All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

    For 2022, in response to the challenges caused by Covid-19 we will consider applicants either holding or projected a 2:2. This response is part of our flexible approach to admissions whereby we consider each student and their personal circumstances.


    FindAProfessionalDoctorate. Copyright 2005-2022
    All rights reserved.