Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work


  • A research degree in the Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work allows you to develop your skills and contribute to internationally recognised research, supported by skilled staff and a vibrant research student community.

    Underpinned by the work of the three research centres, the department is at the forefront of research in a number of fields.

    Research in the Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work takes place through Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research (OxINMAHR) along with researchers located in the Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development.


    OxINMAHR is a partnership with the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Health Education England Thames Valley, and Oxford University under the umbrella of the Oxford AHSC. It provides a multidisciplinary environment for developing clinical research careers and has a wide skill base of excellence in clinical and methodological expertise.

    REF 2014 UoA3*
    98% of research internationally recognised, with 82% of research being world leading or internationally excellent
    90% of impact rated world leading or internationally excellent
    80% more 4* and over double the percentage of 3* research compared to 2008
    *UoA3 includes Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy. We do not undertake Dentistry and Pharmacy research at Oxford Brookes

    What topics can I study?

    We welcome applications for projects where we can support you with a supervisory team with the most relevant research experience, in Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work.

    To get an overview of the research and groups within the department, and the areas where we can support research degree projects, take a look at our Research Centres and Groups page.

    What Research Degree programmes are there?

    You may register for a research degree on a full-time or part-time basis and applications are welcome from part-time students in employment who wish to undertake a research project which is connected with their work. All students must be able to meet the University’s requirements for a research degree, which is to be able to devote a minimum of 35 hours per week (full-time) or 15 hours per week (part-time) to the programme of research.