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The MRes in Sport, Health and Applied Science is a unique opportunity for you to undertake a Master’s degree, with a specific research focus. 

  • The Master of Research qualification allows you to develop a broad range of research knowledge and skills, whilst pursuing a substantial subject-based research project
  • Staff at St Mary's have a wealth of teaching and research experience in the fields of Sport, Health and Applied Science
  • This programme is designed to equip you with the knowledge and practical expertise needed to progress a career in research.

Why study Master by Research: Sport, Health and Applied Science?

We provide a range of opportunities to work closely with world-leading researchers from our Faculty in areas such as: 

The Programme Director is Dr Elisabetta Canetta.

The programme is a one year (full-time) or two year (part-time) course that aims to provide research-orientated training in a vibrant educational environment.

The master will be ideal for you if you have completed an undergraduate research project and have an interest in developing your research ideas in collaboration with a selected supervisor. If you have a long-term interest in completing a PhD or pursuing a career in research you will benefit from undertaking this MRes programme.

We have a number of established research relationships with professional organisations, clinics and businesses. These connections can provide some MRes students with the opportunity to complete a collaborative project in an applied research environment.

Why St Mary's?

As one of the leading London universities for sports, health and exercise sciences, we boast a number of successful alumni, such as Sir Mo Farah and Joe Wicks (The Body Coach).

To support research in these areas, we have developed state-of-the-art facilities, which will be available to you during your studies.

We have an established research profile and a new postgraduate research centre, which you will have access to. We excel in applied research and have a number of recognised research clusters:

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Course lead

Dr Elisabetta Canetta headshotDr Elisabetta Canetta
Course Lead - Applied Physics BSc and Master by Research: Sport, Health and Applied Science

Entry requirements

2:2 Previous degree

Lower second class degree (or equivalent) in a related field.

Additional requirement information

Related fields include sport science, physical education, sport rehabilitation, physiotherapy, psychology, and nutrition. Applicants with other appropriate qualifications or experience will be considered.

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Further information

For more information about entry requirements please email

Course content


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Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Career opportunities

By completing the MRes programme you will have a wealth of career opportunities open to you.

Graduates of this programme have gone on to study for a PhD in a range of scientific disciplines, lecture in further or higher education or apply their research skills in industry.

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Master by Research: Sport, Health and Applied Science students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

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How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

The teaching methods include a mixture of formal lectures, seminars and practical problem-based learning classes.

You will be taught by a range of staff from across the Faculty, who share their knowledge and experience of research methods in their respective disciplines. 

Assessment methods

You will be assessed in ways that reflect the requirements of researchers in the real world. Methods of assessment include written reviews and reports, data analysis tasks, journal article reviews and research proposals.  

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The tuition fees listed are for the duration of the course. Part-time applicants should check our part-time fee information.

September 2022

  • Home: £6,990
  • International: £14,550

Part‐time fees

Part‐time students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.


Government-funded loans of over £11,000 are available to many Home postgraduate students.

For guidance about financing your studies, including information about the government-funded loans, please check out Fees and Funding section.

Home and International students may also be eligible for external sources of funding. Please visit our alternative postgraduate funding webpage for more information about external scholarships and grants for postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Alumni discount

A 20% tuition fee discount is available for our alumni (undergraduate and PGCE) planning to study this Master's degree. Those studying for a PGDip of PGCert are not eligible for the discount.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme. Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please contact


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