Sport, health and exercise (LINK) studentship

A PhD studentship available in the subject group Sport, Health and Exercise, School of Life and Medical Science.

A full time PhD studentship is available from March 2020 in Sport, Health and Exercise (LINK). We have three choices of topics available under the University research theme of ‘health and wellbeing’. The titles and brief explanations are as follows:

A biomechanical, proprioceptive and genetic analysis of chronic ankle instability sufferers

Previous research has demonstrated both biomechanical and proprioceptive deficits in chronic ankle instability (CAI) sufferers, however, there is a paucity of research that has applied a combination approach of the two. In addition, no biomechanical study to date has included a genetic analysis in CAI sufferers. Additional studies are warranted to further investigate the association between genetic risk factors and chronic ankle instability.

Please contact Dr Charlotte Gautrey for details.

Experiences, and meanings, of Shinrin-Yoku (Forest-Bathing) for undergraduate students

This project would aim to develop and evaluate a Shinrin-Yoku (Forest-Bathing) programme for undergraduate university students. Potential aims of the Shinrin-Yoku programme would be to lower students’ anxiety levels and improve engagement with study.

Please contact Dr Steve Pack for details.

Maximising the health benefits of exercise training

This project will explore whether prescribing endurance training using the concept of critical power can be used to design individual interventions that result in more homogenous training adaptations, which ultimately decreases the number of non-responders to endurance training. This could lead to improved benefits for exercise as medicine in a health setting.

Please contact Dr Danny Muniz for details.

Applicants must state which PhD title they are interested in when submitting an application form. In general, applicants should hold or expect to obtain a 1st or upper 2nd class undergraduate or master’s degree in a relevant subject. Fluency in English writing is required.

The studentship will provide an annual stipend over three years, currently £15,000 for 2019/2020 as well as home/EU student fees. For applicants permanently resident outside the UK/EU the stipend will be reduced by approximately £7,050 to cover international student fees.

If you have any specific questions about the titles available, please email the specific supervisors listed. The application form can be found on our website. Please email your completed application forms to Mrs Elizabeth Day with the subject ‘studentship in LMS’ together with the following documents:

  • Copies of your higher academic qualifications with transcripts
  • A copy of your passport
  • Two academic references (please enclose with the application, or alternatively please ask your referees to email the reference directly to Elizabeth Day.)

Application deadline

31 January 2020

Applicants who have not received an invitation to interview by four weeks after this deadline may assume that the application was unsuccessful.