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  Management of Menstrual Cycle Symptomology for Quality of Life and Health


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  Dr Ken VanSomeren, Dr Lisa Ryan, Dr Laura Keaver  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Postgraduate Research Programme Translational Health Research Innovation preVention & Equity (THRIVE) offers 12 PhD research scholarships to commence in 2024. Each project will include an enterprise placement of minimum 12 weeks duration.

PhD Project Title: (THRIVE 7) Management of Menstrual Cycle Symptomology for Quality of Life and Health

Fluctuations in sex hormones throughout the menstrual cycle are associated with myriad menstrual cycle symptoms (MCS), with 90% of women experiencing MCS at some point in the menstrual cycle. Symptoms include menstrual cramps, lower back pain, mood disturbance, lethargy and fatigue, which can negatively impact quality of life and health. In addition, MCS can be a barrier to participation in physical activity, which is an important determinant of physical and mental health . 

This project aims to elucidate causes of MCS and consequences for quality of life (QoL) and health, and to identify and evaluate strategies to manage MCS. Research will be informed by the current scientific evidence-base and the enterprise partner’s unique survey database of more than 3,700 women. 

The research findings will make a significant contribution to the existing body of knowledge on menstrual cycle and health, informing preventative care and management of MCS to ameliorate the negative impact on QoL and health. The research will enable the enterprise partner to drive new product innovation and business growth, and in doing so, promote QoL and health for women.

Objectives of the research project:

The research aims to investigate the impact and management of MCS for QoL and health. The research will deliver impact in the ‘Health & Wellbeing’ and ‘Policy and/or Product Development’ categories of The Campus Engage Impact Framework.

Research will be designed and delivered against the following objectives:

1.     Systematically review published literature on causes and consequences of MCS on QoL and health; 

2. Investigate prevalence of MCS and identify associations with possible causes and consequences on QoL and health; 

3. Develop and evaluate evidence-based interventions to manage MCS and promote QoL and health. 


A minimum of 2.1 honours degree (Level 8) in a relevant discipline.

Project Duration:

48 months (PhD)

Preferred Location:

Donegal/Sligo Campus


Application Form / Terms and Conditions can be obtained on the website:

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm, (GMT) Monday 29th April, 2024.

Only selected applicants will be called for an online interview (shortlisting may apply).

Medicine (26) Nursing & Health (27) Sport & Exercise Science (33)

Funding Notes

TU RISE is co-financed by the Government of Ireland and the European Union through the ERDF Southern, Eastern & Midland Regional Programme 2021- 27 and the Northern & Western Regional Programme 2021-27.
Funding for this Project includes:
• A student stipend (usually tax-exempt) valued at €22,000 per annum
• Annual waivers of postgraduate tuition fee
• Extensive research training programme
• Support for travel, consumables and dissemination expenses
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