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  MPhil Studentship in Biomechanics

   School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics

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  Dr Iain Spears  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project


The Population Health Institute have an externally funded project (InnovateUK) with a commercial partner ( The project aims to develop AI-based sensor clothing capable of monitoring joint angles and muscle activity during free-living activity. The technology requires the collection of large biomechanics data sets and the primary role of Newcastle University is to provide this data.

As part of this project, the student will undertake biomechanics experiments with younger and older adults during overground activities in our state-of-the-art biomechanics lab. The work will involve a combination of literature reviewing and lab-based data collection and analysis. You will collaborate within a multidisciplinary network of engineers and sport and exercise scientists. The studentship offers an exciting opportunity to an aspiring biomechanist to develop relevant skills for a career in both academia and industry. 

You will be responsible for:

·                    Assisting with obtaining ethical approval for experimental research involving human participants.

·                    Reviewing of biomechanics-based scientific literature relevant to the project

·                    Collection of data using motion capture, EMG, IMU, force plates or similar systems and data analysis

·                    Processing the data using Matlab, Python and/or R-Studio

·                    Working within the team and interacting with participants.

Person Requirements

Essential Skills/Attributes:

  • Teamwork
  • Initiative
  • Time Management
  • Organisation and Planning
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to collect and analyse biomechanics data
  • Ability to work with human participants
  • Critical appraisal of journal articles

Desired Skills/Attributes: 

  • Problem Solving
  • Administrative Experience
  • Computer programming skills.

Number Of Awards


Start Date

September 2022.

Award Duration

1 year full time. 


Newcastle University

Tonus Tech (Innnovate UK Funding)


Iain Spears and Brook Galna (Newcastle University)

Eligibility Criteria

The successful applicant will have, or expect to obtain an upper second class or above in Sport and Exercise Sciences or a cognate discipline. If your first language is not English you need an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (at least 5.5 in all sub-skills) or equivalent language qualification. Non-UK candidates must contact [Email Address Removed] regarding eligibility and fees.

How To Apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system by creating an account.

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You should:

·                    click on programme of study

·                    insert 8300F in the programme code section and click search

·                    select Programme name MPhil in the Faculty of Medical Sciences(full time) - Health Sciences

·                    Insert PH031 in the studentship/partnership reference field

·                    attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship. Please quote reference code PH031 and state how your interests and experience relate to the proposed project.

·                    attach degree transcripts* and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualification.

·                    Non-UK candidates must contact [Email Address Removed] regarding eligibility for home fees

*You will not be able to submit your application until you have submitted your degree transcript/s.

Biological Sciences (4) Computer Science (8) Engineering (12) Medicine (26) Sport & Exercise Science (33)

Funding Notes

100% of home tuition fees paid and annual living expenses at UKRI rate, currently £15,609 per year. This award is only open to those eligible for home (UK) tuition fees.
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