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Effects of physical activity modes on physiological and mechanical properties of the muscle-tendon unit – implications for physical activity participation of older adults

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  • Full or part time
    Dr S Dewhurst
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This project aims to investigate the effects of physical activity modes on the muscle-tendon unit (MTU) and subsequent functional ability in older adults, using dynamometry, ultrasonography, electromyostimulation and electromyography. Little is known on MTU adaptations in activities other than resistance training. This study will offer a more detailed understanding of the MTU and refine guidelines on the most beneficial type of physical activities for older adults.

The University of Cumbria is currently offering a single competitive studentship within sport and exercise sciences. Applications are invited to two separate titles, however, only a single studentship can be awarded. Successful applicants to full-time studentships will receive a stipend of £13,863 p.a. in addition to covering tuition fees. Details of current funded opportunities are also available on the University website at

The University of Cumbria excelled in the UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (REF) with results announced in December 2014 revealing that 80% of our research is rated as internationally recognised quality or higher and 7% classified as ‘world-leading’.

To apply, complete the application form available at and submit along with your research proposal to [Email Address Removed] no later than 5 February 2016. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

In the subject bar of your email application, you must state the title of the specific studentship to which you are applying.

Funding Notes

The PhD Studentships are offered on a competitive basis, across a number of different research projects and are available to new UK/EU applicants registering for a research degree with an anticipated start date of April 2016. Only one studentship will be awarded within the disciplinary area. Interviews will be during February 2016.

Full studentships will be considered on a case-by-case basis and can support part-time research; however, priority will be given to those applying for full-time study.

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