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Research and PhD programmes

Placed fifth in the UK for research power in REF2014, our sport, health and exercise science research is the highest ranked in London, with 83% of our research classed as world-leading or internationally excellent. Our researchers work on cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological research and also focus on integrative aspects of human physiology, biomechanics and psychology of sport and exercise. Moreover, we investigate the role of sport, health and wellbeing in contemporary society and their relevance to both policy and practice. Our work spans a broad remit, from analysis of healthy lifestyles and community sport participation, to research into elite sport systems and high-level performers.

Research opportunities for students

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. Browse PhD opportunities below and find out about the funding available for students.

Research in Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences 

Find people, projects, groups and publications in Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences.

Independent assessment of our research quality (REF 2021)

Research centres and groups



Our funded studentships become available at different times of the year. Please keep checking our page regularly to see the latest funded opportunities. We also advertise all our funded studentships as soon as they become available on the @BrunelResearch twitter account.

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