Sport, Exercise and Nutritional Sciences

Dr Stefan Birkett

Dr Stefan Birkett


    Stefan is a Lecturer in Exercise Science at the University of Central Lancashire. Prior to completing his PhD, Stefan spent 6 years working for the NHS in cardiovascular rehabilitation as an exercise specialist before pursuing a career in academia and research. During his PhD, Stefan has gained extensive experience in conducting maximal exercise tests (VO2MAX) on cardiac patients’ post-myocardial infarction and bypass surgery, and subsequently prescribed high intensity interval training (HIIT) as part of a rehabilitation programme. Through his experience, Stefan has gained accreditation as a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine; he is also a tutor for the British Association of Cardiac Prevention & Rehabilitation (BACPR). During his time with the NHS, Stefan completed an MSc in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation at the University of Chester.


    • PhD Exercise Physiology, University of Hull
    • MSc Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, University of Chester
    • American College of Sports Medicine Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist
    • British Association of Cardiac Prevention & Rehabilitation (BACPR) Tutor

    Stefan’s research interests focus on cardiovascular rehabilitation – he has published research within the Journal of Sports Medicine and the British Medical Journal and has presented his research at multiple conferences. Currently he is a researcher for the HIITorMISSUK study, a large multi-centre randomised control trial investigating the effects of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) in UK cardiac rehabilitation.

    More information on Stefan’s research can be found below:

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