In RCSEP PhD students are key members of the research environment. They form part of the existing research clusters and sub-clusters and are supported in many ways other than their core studies.
We currently offer PhD study in a variety of areas aligned with RCSEP. For further information about applying for PhD study, please see our general guidance about Research Degrees or for MPHIL / PhD Postgraduate Research in Sports and Recreation apply online.
Our PhD students form a diverse group and make an important contribution not only to the vitality of the Institute’s research culture, but also to its reputation. To know more about the kinds of research our PhD students are involved with, watch the videos below:
PhD students are encouraged to publish work as they proceed through their studies and have access to staff development opportunities and continuing professional development. From 2008-2013 research students have contributed to 51 journal articles, 71 conferences presentations, 10 professional papers and 5 book chapters.
Employability opportunities are provided for our postgraduate community. For example, we support students to attend research conferences and encourage them to attend the Vitae student researcher events. Those wishing to pursue a career in Higher Education can take up the opportunity to undertake visiting lecturer work.
PhD students have access to skills workshops that are organised through the Research Hub within the University. Such events not only present opportunities to develop research skills, but also afford feedback resulting from academic discourse and collaborations.
In conjunction with academic support, PhD students are also supported in terms of professional development. For example, since 2008 financial support has been offered to students working towards BASES accreditation.
PhD students are located in the purpose built postgraduate room in the new 'Performance Hub' building at the Walsall Campus.
The 'Research Hub' has recently been opened on the City Campus of the university. These facilities provide workspace and meeting rooms to support all aspects of study. The Research Hub is designed to maximise contact and interaction been research students, staff researchers and support services to facilitate research and apply for research funding.