Masters sports course was my route to PhD

Luke Liddle - sport and exercise science graduate

Luke Liddle, from Devon, is a PhD Student and an associate lecturer in Human Physiology at the University of the West of Scotland. He is a former student of University of South Wales, having completed the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science and MSc Sport, Health and Exercise Science degrees with the highest of honours.

"My journey at USW started in 2011 when I enrolled on the Sport and Exercise Science course. I had always wanted to become a sports scientist or exercise physiologist and thought that USW had the resources and academic staff to kick-start my journey towards a career in sport.

Towards the end of my undergraduate degree, I was in two minds whether to pursue a career in applied sports science or research/teaching within higher education. I was undecided on which route to take, therefore the perfect option to further my knowledge, skills and experience, while keeping my options open, was to enrol onto the Masters in Sport, Health and Exercise Science course at USW.

During my studies, I worked very closely with Professor Damian Bailey’s research team who helped push my knowledge and understanding of research and science. At the end of the course I felt that I had the tools to enter any domain within the modules covered throughout the course.

I have now been a PhD student at the University of the West of Scotland for 18 months, where I have completed two of my four studies, whilst gaining valuable lecturing experience on three separate modules. I do not believe I would be in the position I am today without staying on at USW for an extra year to complete the MSc in Sport, Health and Exercise Science course."