Leisure and Sport specialisms - MPhil / PhD
The School of Health and Social Sciences welcomes expressions of interest in postgraduate research degrees in the field of leisure and sport.
Research degree supervision is available in a number of areas within the social sciences and humanities. These include leisure and sport history; leisure, lifestyle and wellbeing; leisure, sport and physical activity policy; and community regeneration.
With the construction of a health and wellbeing centre on the University campus, the school is particularly keen to receive proposals that explore the relationships between leisure, lifestyle and wellbeing.
The University’s Centre for Worktown Studies, working in close co-operation with Bolton Museum and Archive Service, provides a portal for the academic use of the Humphrey Spender ‘Worktown’ photographs taken for Mass Observation in the 1930s. In this context, we would be interested in applications that explore the potential of these images in enhancing our understanding of leisure practices and experiences in this period.
The School of Health and Social Sciences has a strong track record in research and consultancy in the areas of leisure policy and the role of leisure and physical activity in community regeneration. In particular, it has expertise in the engagement of minority ethnic communities in physical activity.
In addition, there is a vibrant research culture centred on the social history of leisure and tourism.
Examples of recently completed and current doctoral programmes include a study of the formation of modern football 1830-1885 and an investigation into participation in physical activity amongst British South Asian males.
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