University of Brighton - PhD in Sports and Wellbeing

Course Details
Course Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Sports and Wellbeing

Course Type

PhD / Postgraduate Research Degree

Course Sector

Sports and Health

Course Duration

4 Years

Entry Points Per Year


Next Starting Date(s)

8 February 2020, 29 March 2021, 17 May 2021

Degree or Qualification

PhD - Doctoral Degree awarded by University of Brighton (under UK law)



Tuition Fee

9.800.- per year (full-time), €8,800.- per year (part-time)


The PhD programme in Sports and Wellbeing is a research-based doctoral research study that enables students to develop unique expertise and independent thinking in a research area of their own interest.

The programme is designed for those in sports, well-being and related functions that want to gain deeper insight into their professional practice, advance their knowledge, practice and expertise or become an autonomous researcher.

Students can expect to learn in an active and stimulating environment and benefit from close research supervision, and opportunities to engage in formal research workshops and virtual webinars.

Research Areas

We welcome research proposals from a diverse range of Sports, Wellbeing and Leisure. The following list of broad research areas gives you an idea of the range of topics and expertise that we cover and will give you an idea of the areas in which we can potentially offer supervision.

  • Sports In/Equality and Exclusion
  • Sports Migration and Refugees
  • Sports Leisure and Cultural Resistance
  • Everyday Leisure: Spaces and Practices
  • Outdoor Recreation: Environmental Politics
  • Sports Fandom and Protest
  • Sports Gender and Sexuality
  • Sports Violence and Ethics
  • Sports and Development

For inspiration and more information about research in these areas, please visit the University of Brighton Centre for Research in Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics and the Sports and Leisure Cultures page.

PhD Support

A doctoral study is a difficult but very rewarding one. Researchers with highly developed skills are vital to our globally connected social, cultural and economic future.

The Doctoral School is committed to delivering a support system that addresses the specific needs of doctoral students. PhD students receive excellent support to develop themselves as a professional independent researcher. Doctoral studies include;

  • At least two highly qualified and respected supervisors;

Students will benefit from a supervisory team comprising of two members: one from the WUAS and one of the UoB. Depending on the chosen research specialism, students may also have an additional external supervisor from another institute.

  • Research development sessions;

The Doctoral School offers a training programme for postgraduate researchers at WUAS and the UoB, covering research methods and transferable skills. At the Apeldoorn campus, a series of formal learning sessions for doctoral students is delivered six times a year.

Doctoral research students can join the taught Masters’ level modules such as researched methods. Doctoral research students have a possibility to spend six weeks a year at the UoB during which they can participate in research training delivered at the University of Brighton campus, attend the Festival of Research and annual progression reviews.

  • Online researcher development training and materials;

The PhD students have access to a comprehensive suite of on-line researcher development materials at the UoB and WUAS. They also have access to online courses provided by Epigeum such as the statistical method for research and LinkedIn Learning. In addition, research degree students have access to state-of-the-art Virtual learning environment and Online Library and databases, dedicated working space and facilities and timely IT support.

  • A Vibrant Research Community;

PhD students form an integral part of our WUAS research community and take an active role in a range of intellectual and social activities within the school. They will join regular online and offline meetings of the Research Centre with researchers from all experience levels. PhD students will join one of the UoB research groups that fit the PhD research subject. These groups provide students with opportunities to present ‘works in progress and network with other researchers. Conference Support Fund and Career Services are provided.

Entry Requirements

The normal entry requirements for registration for the PhD degree are:

  • A recognised master's degree or other qualification which is regarded by University of Brighton as being equivalent, and which is normally relevant to the programme or study proposed.


  • Substantial appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level which resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment. Or exceptionally, a first class honours degree, or other qualification which is regarded by the UoB as being equivalent, and which is normally relevant to the programme of study proposed, where there is clear evidence of work at postgraduate level. An application made by someone with this experience will be considered on its merits and will normally require independent academic references.


For non-native speakers of English
IELTS 7.0 overall, with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in the other elements.

Application Procedure for PhD programmes

The following basic procedure should be followed when applying to become a PhD student on the Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences (WUAS)/University of Brighton (UofB) programme:

  1. Send application documents to WUAS (e.g. draft research proposal, CV and motivation letter);
  2. Undergo a global admission check by WUAS and University of Brighton;
  3. Informational interview with WUAS research review panel;
  4. Submit formal application and application assessment;
  5. Application interview with University of Brighton and WUAS supervisors

For all enquiries regarding PhD studies, please send anEmail to Ms Florian Oosterberg at

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