Dr. Stefan Birkett

Dr. Stefan Birkett

Lecturer in Exercise Science

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Darwin Building, DB226

+44 (0) 1772 89 3325


Subject Areas: Exercise

Social Media: Twitter

Full Profile

Stefan is a Lecturer in Exercise Science from the University of Central Lancashire, having completed a PhD at the University of Hull. He is also a tutor for the British Association of Cardiac Prevention & Rehabilitation (BACPR). Stefan spent 6 years working for the NHS in cardiovascular rehabilitation as an exercise specialist before pursuing a career in academia and research.


  • PhD. Exercise Physiology, University of Hull, 2019
  • MSc. Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, University of Chester, 2013
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Teaching activities and responsibilities

  • XS1078: Functional Anatomy
  • XS1205: Planning and Instructing Exercise for Health and Fitness
  • XS2206: Advanced Principles of Exercise and Training
  • XS3200: Exercise Referral 


…Buckley, John, Cardoso, Fernando, Birkett, Stefan and Sandercock, Gavin (2016) Oxygen Costs of the Incremental Shuttle Walk Test in Cardiac Rehabilitation Participants: An Historical and Contemporary Analysis. Sports Medicine, 46 (12). pp. 1953-1962. ISSN 0112-1642

Pymer, Sean, Nichols, Simon, Prosser, Jon, Birkett, Stefan, Carroll, Sean and Ingle, Lee (2019) Does exercise training prescription based on estimated heart rate training zones exceed the ventilatory anaerobic threshold in patients with coronary heart disease undergoing usual-care cardiovascular rehabilitation?: A United Kingdom perspective. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology . ISSN 2047-4873…

…Birkett, Stefan, Nichols, Simon, Sawrey, Richard, Gleadall-Siddall, Damien, McGregor, Gordon and Ingle, Lee (2019) The Effects of Low-Volume High Intensity Interval Training and Circuit Training on Maximal Oxygen Uptake. Sport Sciences for Health . ISSN 1824-7490

…McGregor, Gordon, Nichols, Simon, Hamborg, Thomas, Bryning, Lucy, Tudor-Edwards, Rhiannon, Markland, David, Mercer, Jenny, Birkett, Stefan, Ennis, Stuart et al (2016) High-intensity interval training versus moderate-intensity steady-state training in UK cardiac rehabilitation programmes (HIIT or MISS UK): study protocol for a multicentre randomised controlled trial and economic evaluationBMJ Open, 6 (11). e012843.

More publications


  • Low-Volume High Intensity Interval Training: Physiological Adaptation and Intervention Fidelity in Healthy Adults. Poster Presentation, BASES Conference 2018.
  • HITT, Should or Shouldn’t We? Oral Presentation, British Association of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) Exercise Professionals Study Day
  • High intensity interval training versus moderate intensity steady state training in UK cardiac rehabilitation programmes: study protocol for a multi-centre randomised controlled trial and economic evaluation. Poster Presentation, British Association of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) Conference 2016.


  • High-Intensity Interval Training Versus Moderate Intensity Steady State Exercise in Cardiac Rehabilitation; Investigating Exercise Dose in Community Based Cardiac Rehabilitation and Evaluating Different Modes of Training in People with Heart Failure.  

External Affiliations

  • Tutor for the British Association of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR).