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History of sports medicine and exercise physiology c.1800-2000


Institute of Applied Health Research

About the Programme

Applications are invited for a 3-year self-funded* PhD Studentship starting as soon as possible.

The history of sports medicine and exercise physiology are significantly understudied topics from the HSTM perspective. We welcome PhD proposals from candidates interested in related topics, including, but not limited to: drugs and enhancement; nutrition and health; training regimes; histories of medicine in specific sports; histories of specific injuries and conditions (such as concussion, tennis elbow); legal and ethical issues relating to sports medicine; international sports medicine; women and ethnic minorities in sports and exercise science; material and visual culture of physiology and sports medicine; extreme sports medicine/wilderness medicine/rescue services.

Projects may be interdisciplinary but should have a strong historical component, focusing on the modern period, i.e. any time frame between 1800 and the present day. The geographical area of specialisation is open.

Person Specification
Applicants should have a strong background in the history of science, technology and/or medicine. They should hold or realistically expect to obtain an Upper Second Class Honours degree in History or a related subject; candidates with a STEM undergraduate degree should either have had final year specialization in History of STEM, or a Masters level qualification in the History of Science, History of Medicine, Science Studies, or similar.

How to apply
Applications should be directed to Vanessa Heggie at . To apply, please send:
• A Detailed CV, including your nationality and country of birth;
• Names and addresses of two referees;
• A covering letter highlighting your research experience/capabilities;
• Copies of your degree transcripts;
• Evidence of your proficiency in the English language, if applicable;
• A one page proposal for a PhD project

Applicants will be required to attend an interview. This can be conducted face –to –face, by telephone or online


Funding Notes

This PhD is advertised as self-funding, although applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr Heggie to discuss funding possibilities.

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