Our work has made a difference at many levels, influencing policy and creating new commercial capabilities

Nearly three quarters of London South Bank University's (LSBU) research projects were awarded the two highest possible ratings for 'impact' by the latest university research excellence exercise, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Our scientists in the School of Applied Sciences work in multidisciplinary teams to target major societal challenges in the areas of human health, well-being, performance and behaviour. We apply theory in theses areas to contemporary real world issues by undertaking innovative and rigorous science.

At the School of Applied Sciences in the area of Sport and Exercise Science:

  • 73% of LSBU’s REF entries achieved the highest quality ratings of 'world-leading' and 'internationally excellent'
  • 90% were awarded the highest ratings of 4* or 3* for 'impact' (reach and significance)
  • Three quarters achieved 3* quality rating for an 'environment' that is conducive to producing internationally excellent research

In Psychology:

  • 60% of our research was awarded 3* out of 4* - 'very considerable impacts in terms of their reach and significance'
  • 85% of submitted publications to be internationally recognised, internationally excellent or world leading

We focus on globally regarded, theoretical and applied research with ‘real world’ impact. It underpins all our academic activities, services to external organisations and the range of well-respected courses on offer. Our teaching is fully informed by contemporary research, and our excellence is reinforced by outstanding research facilities which enable both staff and students to undertake cutting edge studies with the most up-to-date equipment and facilities.

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Research degree programmes

The wide range of research activities in the School, together with the mix of academic staff, post-doctoral research fellows and visiting professors, allows us to offer a stimulating and diverse postgraduate environment. Read more about Research Degrees at LSBU.

Research scholarships

The School is pleased to offer a range of fee-waived studentships in the areas of psychology and human sciences, including studies into alcohol addiction and hypoxia in exercise. These are available for PhD students beginning courses in September 2016. For further information and how to apply, see our section on research scholarships.

Available PhD courses

Research Centres and Groups

The School pursues research through the following Research Centres and Groups:



Research case studies