Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Sport and Recreation

Victoria University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 084118B

Level of study: Postgraduate


Become a leading researcher and adviser in sport and recreation, with a PhD from VU. We offer world-class research facilities, top industry collaborations, and expert support and guidance.

Sport & Recreation doctoral research at VU

VU is a leader in sport studies. Our research in human movement and sports science was recently rated 'well above world standard' by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

PhD in Sport & Recreation candidates choose their topic from our interdisciplinary research focus areas, in which you can contribute to real innovation in public policy, community and professional sport.

Our high-performance in sport and healthy populations programs are undertaken in our newly formed Institute for Health & Sport, and include:

  • clinical exercise science
  • GPS devices in sport
  • medical physiology and metabolism
  • social health and wellbeing
  • sport in society
  • sport leadership
  • sport science.

Course structure

The PhD is a research based degree with a maximum duration of 4 years (full time) and 8 years (part time).

As well as enrolling in Research Thesis units Doctor of Philosophy (Science) students will be required to complete two coursework units, ROP8001 and ROP8002.

An average result of 70% is required in the compulsory coursework units in order to proceed to candidature confirmation. Ongoing progression is subject to policy and procedures for candidature management as per the VU HDR Policy.

Course structure and units

Coursework Units

Conceptualising and Contextualising Research

Unit code ROP8001

Research Integrity and Ethics

Unit code ROP8002

Sport and Recreation (Full-Time)

Unit code SSR8900 Credits48

Careers in sport and recreation research

A PhD in Sport and Recreation can lead to high-level work in government, the sport and recreation industries, or academia.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
28,000 Per Year
Read more14,000 per semester; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.
Feb 2022
Jul 2022
4 years Full time Victoria University
Footscray Park campus
Ballarat Road
Melbourne Victoria 3011

Entry criteria

Entry into a research program (postgraduate study) requires completion of: an honours degree, or a masters degree by coursework with a research component, or an equivalent qualification from an approved university.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic module): Overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)

TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 79 (Listening 19, Speaking 19, Reading 18, Writing 22)

Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 58 (no section score less than 50)

University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176. No individual band less than 169.

VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): Achieved


Victoria University
Footscray Park campus
Ballarat Road
Melbourne Victoria 3011
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