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PhD Studentship: Testing an intervention delivered by GPs to promote physical activity during consultations in primary care

   School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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About the Project

Application details:

  • Reference number: SSEHS/AD/1
  • Start date of studentship: 1st October 2021 or 1st January 2022
  • Closing date of advert: 6th May 2021
  • Interview date:  24th, 25th, 26th or 27th May 2021

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). 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.

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The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences has been ranked 1st in the world for Sport-related Subjects (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021).

Full Project Detail:

Making Every Contact Count (MECC), an NHS campaign, is an approach to health behaviour change that utilises the millions of everyday interactions that health professionals have with the public, to encourage changes in health behaviours and ultimately improve population health. MECC aims to opportunistically delivery consistent and concise healthy lifestyle education/messages to the public within routine health care consultations at scale.  GPs have thousands of interactions with people every day therefore are ideally placed to support and promote lifestyle behaviours to the nation. Specifically, primary care provides an ideal context for the delivery of physical activity interventions because it allows for most of the population to access support. However, to date, primary care has had little success in increasing physical activity levels in the population. This studentship will investigate the benefits of a brief opportunistic physical activity intervention delivered by GPs within routine consultations in primary care within a randomised controlled trial. Through qualitative work there may also be the opportunity to explore the views and experiences of GPs about delivering the intervention.

This PhD is positioned with the Centre for Lifestyle Medicine (CLiMB) ( You may only apply for two studentships offered by CLiMB in this round. 

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in sport and exercise science, health psychology, public health or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in a relevant discipline will be an advantage. Experience with digital health is desirable but not essential.

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at  Under programme name, select “School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences”.  Please be sure to upload your CV and personal statement.

Please quote reference number: SSEHS/AD/1

Funding Notes

The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,609 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. International (including EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will cover the International Tuition Fee Only.