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PhD in Physical Education and Youth Sport

Our PhD in Physical Education and Youth Sport is a structured programme that is studied online. Find out more about this new postgraduate opportunity.


  • High quality research
  • Royal Society of Biology (RSoB) accredited
  • National and international research partners
  • World class facilities
  • Research within the centre reflects a broad strength of sport, exercise and biological associated sciences
  • Expert supervisors
  • Supportive learning environment

Stimulating learning environment

The Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences (CSELS) has a vibrant postgraduate student community, offering an exciting and supportive environment to pursue graduate studies.

As a student at CSELS, you will benefit from access to a world-class health and life sciences laboratory, and Olympic grade fitness and sports science research facilities. You will become a part of a multi-professional team of renowned academics, researchers and clinicians.

As well as the learning opportunities available to all students at Coventry University, we use a variety of shared social learning spaces and provide access to regular research events including research seminars, workshops, and training opportunities which offer the chance to mix with staff and students across the university. We also run an annual Faculty Research Symposium, where postgraduate research students present posters or papers with prizes awarded to the best presentations and papers.

Practical laboratory skills as well as transferable skills training are primarily delivered in the form of dedicated annual summer and winter schools and regular research seminars. These sessions give students the opportunity to hear from the experts in their field, with questions and debate encouraged.

At CSELS, we have our own Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) which coordinates PGR training with the central Doctoral College. Practical laboratory skills as well as transferable skills training is primarily delivered in the form of dedicated annual summer and winter schools.

Our DTC was the first in the UK to receive accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology (RSoB), which allows graduating PhD students a fast-track route to attain Chartered Biologist (CBiol) status.

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Postgraduate research opportunities

Our research can be split into two broad areas; Integrative Bio-Science and Physical Activity, Sport and Exercise Sciences. Within these overarching research areas there are a number of themes which are listed below:

  • Cell Signalling and Membrane Biology
  • Disease Prevention, Therapeutics & Diagnostics
  • Bioscience and Biotechnology Engineering
  • Clinical & Molecular Exercise Physiology
  • Physical Activity and Health
  • Sport and Human Performance

Find out more about our research themes.

CSELS PhD Studentships

See the list of available PhD studentships in CSELS.

Our academic experts

Staff in CSELS are internationally recognised as leaders in the fields of:

  • Cell biology
  • Genomic and molecular biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Nutrition and food science
  • Safety pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Physical activity
  • Sport performance

For further information on their areas expertise please see our staff list.

CSELS Postgraduate Research Brochure

Learn more about our postgraduate research and download the brochure.

CSELS Postgraduate Research Brochure

CSELS PGR Brochure

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