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Fully funded PhD positions in Sports sciences and exercise psychology, Loughborough University, UK

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Attention Master's Graduates: Fully Funded PhD scholarships Available!


Loughborough University, England is currently accepting online applications for several fully funded PhD positions particularly in sports and exercise sciences and exercise psychology.


If you hold an eligible master's degree in a related field, and are seeking a fully funded PhD scholarship for international students' opportunity, don't miss this chance! Visit the university's online application portal to explore available programs and submit your application as soon as possible. Below a summary of available positions with link for application & further detailed info for each one. (Scroll down to 'apply now' button at the bottom of each page)

 

Project Description:

As part of the Health and Wellbeing of Women in Sport PhD cluster, this PhD project aims to explore the Physiological and perceived effects of the menstrual cycle on sport and exercise performance.

While women's participation in sports is at an all-time high, research on female athletes is surprisingly lacking. This has led to the application of male-centric research findings to females, resulting in a poor understanding of how the menstrual cycle affects female athletes' performance.

Ovarian hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, influence various physiological systems related to exercise performance. Menstrual symptoms are also reported to affect performance. However, the impact of hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle on exercise performance is still unclear.


By adopting innovative research methods, your work will help enhance our understanding of the physiological and perceptual effects of the menstrual cycle on female athletes' performance. This research journey aims to improve support for female athletes and their practitioners.


Entry Requirements:

Applicants must possess a master's degree in a sport and exercise related degree, such as sport science, exercise science or exercise physiology.


Application Deadline: 16 June 2024

 

Project Description:

In this PhD you will seek to explore, taking a longitudinal, intervention approach, the role of different forms and intensities of sport and PA (for example, cardiovascular versus strength based activities, individual versus team/group based activities). The PhD will also explore the impact of sport and PA on the mental wellbeing of peri/menopausal women from a variety of different groups (e.g., physical activity background, BAME women and those with intersecting identities), and using a range of methodologies (qualitative interviews and surveys). You will work with women and PA providers to understand how PA supports the menopause transition and how initial and sustained engagement can be improved, particularly for previously inactive, underserved, and under-represented groups.


This research is critical to furthering our understanding of the effects, outcomes, and protective factors associated with menopause and increasing the visibility of women’s health and wellbeing.


Entry Requirements:

  • A background in Psychology, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Sport and Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, or Biology would be an advantage.

  • English language requirement of IELTS band 7.0 or above with not less than 7.0 in each component.


Application Deadline: 15 June 2024

 

Project Description:

This degree project explores the role of sportswear in supporting women during physical activity, particularly during pregnancy. Exercise during pregnancy is globally recommended due to its numerous benefits for both mother and baby. However, various barriers, including significant anatomical, physiological, psychological, and biomechanical changes, can limit women's exercise habits during this period. The fear of movement during pregnancy has been associated with reduced exercise habits, but the link between psychological constructs and physical movements is not well understood. The project aims to explore how sports products can support exercise during pregnancy. The findings could provide valuable insights for pregnant women and sportswear manufacturers, aiding in the development of new and innovative products.


Entry Requirements:

Applicants must possess a master's degree in a sport and exercise related degree, such as sport science, exercise science or exercise physiology.


Application Deadline: 15 June 2024

 

Project Description:

This project takes an integrative physiology approach to understand how hydration/24-h water intake influence metabolic health and physical function in young/older adults, particularly in the context of climate change/global warming.

The project will involve laboratory-based human data collection (cross-sectional or intervention studies) to understand the impact of hydration/24-h water intake on metabolic health/functional outcomes in younger/older adults. This human data collection will be accompanied by in-vitro/ex-vivo experiments to investigate relevant intracellular signalling pathways.


Entry Requirements:

  • Applicants should have a master's degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences, Human Nutrition, Human Physiology or a related subject.

  • Ability to work independently, as part of a wider team and with members of the public

  • Strong communication and excellent inter-personal skills

  • Enthusiasm, passion and interest in the topic area


Application Deadline: 30 May 2024

 

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