Sport Research

The Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences prides itself on its growing reputation for World Leading and Internationally Excellent research. Research is a strategic priority for the Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences and its importance is evidenced by the breadth, depth and quality of research activity that staff are engaged in. The School's commitment to fostering a vibrant research culture and supporting staff in their research aspirations is central to its ethos of research informed teaching and learning, as well as external engagement.

Through knowledge creation, enhancement and transfer, research activity within the School impacts upon a range of real-world contexts related to sport, exercise and health. Indeed, the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework are testament to the wide-ranging, high quality, and impactful research conducted by staff in the School.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences was one of three REF returns made by the University that contributed to Cardiff Met being the leading post-1992 University for research quality.

The joint submission made by the Cardiff School of Sport and the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University was ranked 7th out of 51 submissions both on research power and research quality by the Times Higher Education. Significantly, in the overall quality profile for our submission to Unit of Assessment 26 (Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism), 80% of the research was rated as World Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*). The impact of our research on the world beyond academia and the research environment was entirely rated as 4* or 3*.

Further information about the University's REF results can be found here.

Areas of Research Activity

Staff within the School are research active in a number of areas:

Institute for Research Excellence in Sport and Exercise (IRESE)

In 2013 a long term research collaboration between the Cardiff School of Sport at Cardiff Met and School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science at Bangor University was formalised through the creation of the Institute for Research Excellence in Sport and Exercise (IRESE). In 2014 this collaboration culminated in a joint REF submission.  It is anticipated IRESE will become a widely recognised Institute for research excellence in the sport, health and exercise sciences and a catalyst for future world leading and internationally excellent research activity emanating from Wales.

Research Collaboration and External Engagement

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences is committed to working with partners from all sectors (public, private and not-for-profit) in pursuit of knowledge creation, enhancement and transfer. Previous and current partners include: Government (national and local); Government Agencies; International, National and Local Sport Organisations; Education; Local Health Boards and the Private Health sector; and a range of clients from the private sector (sports organisations, service industries and manufacturers). Outcomes from these partnerships have, amongst other things, shaped policy, health, well-being, manufacturing, professional practice and performance enhancement initiatives.  We welcome any enquiries from potential partners.

Research Degrees

As part of its ongoing commitment to research, Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences is keen to expand its student research community through its postgraduate research provision. Programmes of study include MPhil, PhD, and Professional Doctorates. In the first instance interested students should contact Professor Rhodri Lloyd ( Graduate Studies Co-ordinator. For general post-graduate research enquiries please email:

Please click here for further information on Cardiff Met Research Degrees. ​

Research Scholarships

Research Degree Students. There are 59 students studying for a research degree with the Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences. A list of these students can be found here​.