Develop and implement physical activity and sedentary behaviour interventions to improve health and manage chronic diseases and translate them into societal and healthcare benefits
If you want to conduct high impact interdisciplinary research to improve human health through regular physical activity and exercise take up PhD opportunities in the Centre for Physical Activity in Health and Disease at Brunel University London. Work together with researchers from diverse backgrounds and with complimentary expertise in a supportive environment that enables you to deliver high-impact translational research. You will also benefit from high quality scientific training to support your successful development and our established links with NHS Trusts, charities, community organisations and leading national and international academic research centres.
The population groups that we conduct research with include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Patients with cardiovascular disease (e.g. stroke), metabolic diseases (e.g. type 2 diabetes) and pulmonary diseases (e.g. asthma, COPD, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis)
- Cancer patients and survivors
- People with neurological conditions (e.g. spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy)
- Older adults (including those with frailty and sarcopenia)
- Children and young people
Find out how to apply for a PhD at Brunel
Doctoral research programmes (PhDs) take a proud place in the world-class research environment and community at Brunel. PhD students are recognised and valued by their supervisors as an essential part of their departments and a key component of the university's overall strategy to develop and deliver world-class research.
A PhD programme is expected to take 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time, with intakes starting in January, April or October.
The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (1st or 2:1) or an international equivalent. A Masters degree is a welcome, but not required, qualification for entry.
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Excellent research support and training
The Graduate School provides a range of personal, professional and career development opportunities. This includes workshops, online training, coaching and events, to enable you to enhance your professional profile, refine your skills, and plan your next career steps as part of the Researcher Development Programme. The researcher development programme (RDP) offers workshops and seminars in a range of areas including progression, research management, research dissemination, and careers and personal development. You will also be offered a number of online, self-study courses on BBL, including Research Integrity, Research Skills Toolkit, Research Methods in Literature Review and Principles of Research Methods.
Brunel's Library is open 24 hours a day, has 400,000 books and 250,000 ebooks, and an annual budget of almost £2m. Subject information Specialists train students in the latest technology, digital literacy, and digital dissemination of scholarly outputs. As well as the physical resources available in the Library, we also provide access to a wealth of electronic resources. These include databases, journals and e-books. Access to these resources has been bought by the Library through subscription and is limited to current staff and students.
Dedicated research support staff provide guidance and training on open access, research data management, copyright and other research integrity issues.
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You will receive tailored careers support during your PhD and for up to three years after you complete your research at Brunel. We encourage you to actively engage in career planning and managing your personal development right from the start of your research, even (or perhaps especially) if you don't yet have a career path in mind. Our careers provision includes online information and advice, one-to-one consultations and a range of events and workshops. The Professional Development Centre runs a varied programme of careers events throughout the academic year. These include industry insight sessions, recruitment fairs, employer pop-ups and skills workshops.