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Effects of nutritional supplement blends on sports performance


   School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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  Dr S Bailey, Dr T Clifford, Dr SA Mears, Dr L James  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

OVERVIEW

Loughborough University has seen 100% of the research impact in the area of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences has been rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, underlining the wide-ranging positive impacts that our research has on the world (REF, 2021).

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career. Find out more.

PROJECT DETAILS

Competitive athletes of various standards are continually striving to enhance exercise performance outcomes. A common approach that is utilised to enhance exercise performance and post-exercise recovery is the consumption of dietary supplements. Many studies have assessed the efficacy of a single dietary supplement to enhance exercise performance in different exercise settings. However, in practice, many athletes use dietary supplement blends comprising different macronutrient and micronutrient combinations. Therefore, further research is required to assess the effects of different dietary supplement blends on performance outcomes in a variety of exercise settings.

The predominant focus of this PhD programme over the first two years is to conduct a series of systematic reviews and meta-analyses to evaluate the efficacy of different dietary supplement blends to improve exercise performance and/or recovery outcomes in a variety of exercise settings. A human clinical trial is likely to be conducted in the final year of the PhD programme to evaluate the efficacy of dietary supplement blends to improve aspects of exercise performance and/or post-exercise recovery.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the drop-down below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

  • An upper second class degree (or equivalent) in appropriate subject such as Sport and Exercise Science; Physiology; Nutrition/Dietetics; Biochemistry; Biosciences; or Molecular Biology
  • MSc in appropriate subject such as Sport and Exercise Science; Physiology; Nutrition/Dietetics; Biochemistry; Biosciences; or Molecular Biology
  • Experience or a working knowledge in conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • Experience in conducting human nutrition and exercise trials
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to critically appraise scientific methodology and data
  • Ability to work well individually and as a member of a larger research team.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

FEES AND FUNDING

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.

Due to funding restrictions, the studentship is only open to UK students. The PhD studentship is for 3 years and due to commence on 1st October 2022.

The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £16,062 per annum plus tuition fees at the UK rate for 3 years.

The opportunity is subject to external funding. In the event that the funder withdraws prior to recruitment the studentship would be withdrawn.

HOW TO APPLY

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. Please quote the advertised reference number: SSEHS/SB in your application.

The opportunity is subject to external funding. In the event that the funder withdraws prior to recruitment the studentship would be withdrawn.

To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents.

The interview dates are 24th / 25th August.

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