PhD in Sports Science, Physical Education and Recreation



The PhD program in Sport Science, Physical Education, and Healthy Physical Activity is an official interuniversity degree in which the Universities of A Coruña and Vigo participate. It focuses on basic and applied research related to sports, physical education, and health-related physical activity.

Its primary objective is to provide advanced knowledge, skills, and competencies for conducting research in the fields of sports, physical education, and health-related physical activity

This study is verified and publish pending

This study renewed its accreditation on 21 November 2022.


Annual PhD tuition fees
Approximate price applicable to all students (non Spanish and non EU included). Secretarial expenses, school insurance and training complements (if applicable) are not included.
Offered place for academic course 2024/2025

Why study

This doctoral program offers you a series of advantages if you are interested in basic or applied research in the fields of sports, education and health-related physical activity. You will be able to explore various topics and approaches within these disciplines: Physical Education in the school environment, physical activity and health, neuromuscular and cardiovascular adaptations in strength training, performance analysis in team or artistic sports, etc.

As it is a degree shared by the Universities of A Coruña and Vigo, your opportunities for collaboration and access to resources at both institutions are expanded. By joining the program, you will have access to:

  • A network of researchers active in these areas to collaborate, exchange ideas and participate in joint projects.
  • Cutting-edge resources and equipment for research in sports sciences and physical activity: laboratories, sports facilities and access to specialized databases.
  • Research methodological training and development of essential skills to design and carry out rigorous scientific studies.
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration that will give you the opportunity to collaborate with experts in other related scientific fields, such as nutrition, psychology and the sociology of sports and public health.
  • Certain teaching experiences in some activities that will bring you closer to experience as a teacher, which can be valuable for your professional development.

By completing this doctorate, you will have acquired knowledge and skills to more successfully develop your professional career in research in the field of university and non-university teaching, sports management, health or other related fields. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in these areas.

This is an interuniversity study, in addition to University of A Coruña , the following universities also colaborate in teaching:

  • Universidad de Vigo