Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Graduate Studies

The research profile of the School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health encompasses students completing their Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) as well as the Bachelor of Exercise Science (Honours), in a range of topics including Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Neuromechanics, Sport Psychology and Sociology, and Sports Media.

Details on the Faculty of Science research courses is available here.

Our doctoral program can be undertaken part-time or full-time with supervision of staff located on the Bathurst and Port Macquarie campuses.  The School also encourages collaborations with external stakeholders and industry.  Outlined below are examples (but not limited to), of research topics that are of interest to staff and current projects been undertaken by PhD and Honours students in the School.

If you are interested in completing a PhD or Honours program within the School, it is recommended you peruse staff profiles on this site and contact the HDR or Honours Coordinator.

SESSH Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Co-ordinator SESSH Honours Co-ordinator
Dr Melissa Skein Dr Chelsea Litchfield
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Telephone: 02 6338 4430 Telephone: 02 6338 4481

Research Topics

Biomechanics and Functional Anatomy

  • Movement screening for injury risk identification
  • The influence of lumbopelvic instability in injury risk
  • Running biomechanics in injury prevention and rehabilitation


  • Neuroscience of motor control in health and disease
  • Effects of ageing on neuromotor function
  • Neuromuscular adaptations to acute and chronic resistance exercise
  • Neural mechanisms contributing to exercise-induced fatigue in health and disease

Exercise Physiology and Prescription

  • Thermoregulation and human performance
  • Understanding human fatigue through human evolutionary biology
  • Regulation of exercise under different conditions
  • Influence of sleep on exercise performance, health, and appetite
  • Regulation of pacing strategies in self-paced exercise
  • Effects of knowledge and deception on exercise performance
  • Alternative therapies for optimal health and human performance
  • Training and recovery strategies for team sport and endurance athletes
  • Workplace exercise/physical activity programs for injury prevention, improved cardio-metabolic health and psychosocial wellbeing
  • Immune and inflammatory responses in health and disease

Psychology and Sociology

  • Healthy ageing and leisure in later life
  • Sociology of sport and physical activity participation and promotion across the lifespan
  • Qualitative research in sport, exercise and health
  • Sport history particularly in the ancient world
  • Aspects of sport and the media with particular attention to gender
  • Social media and athletes/social media abuse aimed at athletes
  • Women, sport and media studies in Australia (and internationally)
  • Sport and social media (including abuse of athletes and mental health)
  • Sport, gender, sexuality and major sporting events

Strength and Conditioning

  • Can injury prevention training programs reduce injury risk
  • Conditioning for sport performance