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Psychosocial factors influencing use of performance enhancing drugs in sport and exercise

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

This project can be offered either on a full-time or a part-time basis. Please email the prospective supervisor for more details.

This project will investigate a range of psychosocial mechanisms thought to influence harmful behaviour based upon Bandura’s (1991) Social Cognitive Theory of Moral Thought and Action. The specific form of potentially harmful behaviour being investigated in the project is use of performance enhancing drugs (PED) in sport and exercise. The psychosocial regulation of this behaviour will be studied in athletes in sport seeking to gain a performance advantage through use of PEDs and/or exercisers using them for aesthetic gain. Qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies may be used in the project depending on the specific research questions being answered; the specific research questions to be addressed will be negotiated once the project commences.

Funding Notes

Funding Notes:
We welcome applications from Home/EU and overseas students. The University of Birmingham offers a number of competitive scholarships for students of the highest calibre. Further details are available at :
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Students are also welcome to apply with their own funding for this project, either through their own person funds or by securing a scholarship.

Eligibility requirements: An Undergraduate Honours degree with a minimum classification of a 2.1 or equivalent and an English Language qualification for international students.


Bandura, A. (1991). Social cognitive theory of moral thought and action. In W.M. Kurtines & J.L. Gewirtz (Eds.), Handbook of moral behavior and development: Theory, research, and applications (Vol. 1, pp. 71-129). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
Boardley, I. D., & Grix, J. (in press). Doping in bodybuilders: A qualitative investigation of facilitative psychosocial processes. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health.
Boardley, I. D., & Kavussanu, M. (2011). Moral disengagement in sport. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 4, 93-108.

How good is research at University of Birmingham in Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 34.40

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