Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work


  • The research interests of the Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity Research Group (SEPARG) include rehabilitation, high intensity exercise training, recovery after exercise, pedagogy and coach development in sport, and sociocultural issues in sport.

    We also encourage research in a number of other fields related to sport, have had success with publishing both undergraduate and postgraduate work, and can offer a number of flexible part-time and full-time research degree opportunities including Masters by Research, MPhil, PhD and PhD by published work.

    Research students are well supported through expert supervision, comprehensive skills training, and many opportunities to interact with other researchers and students across a variety of disciplines and from different institutions. As a group, we have collaborative research projects running with a number of UK universities, as well as with institutions in France, Japan and New Zealand among others.

    Our interdisciplinary and international research agenda seeks to understand, intervene and improve the lives of those involved in sport and physical activity from grassroots to performance levels. Our work is multi-faceted and focuses on the relationships of individuals and communities with sport, physical education, physical activity and health. 

    Through our approach to research, we seek to offer real world solutions that can:

    • contribute to the development and improvement of human performance in competitive sport
    • influence health promotion and rehabilitation through sport, exercise and physical activity
    • promote the development and professionalisation of sport coaches, and the use of innovative pedagogical approaches in sport, coaching and PE
    • further enhance our understanding of sociological, cultural and political issues in sport, exercise and physical activity