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Sports Science: Fully Funded EPSRC and Ospreys Rugby PhD Scholarship: The application of advanced data analytics to predict rugby match outcome in the PRO14 league


   School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

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Swansea United Kingdom Applied Mathematics Data Analysis Mathematics Sport & Exercise Science

About the Project

This scholarship is funded by the EPSRC and Ospreys Rugby.

Start date: July 2021

Subject areas: Engineering, sport science, data sciences, physics, mathematics

Project description: 

The aim of this PhD project is to investigate whether match performance indicators (PIs) are effective at predicting match outcomes at the elite rugby union level in the PRO14.

The candidate will review current match performance indicators and apply these to legacy data from our project partner, Ospreys rugby, to retrospectively establish their efficacy in match prediction. The legacy data comprises individual athlete, team, strategy and wellness information. This data will be augmented over the duration of the PhD by the inclusion of head impact loading data, collected by the student, allowing a new generation of PIs to be established and verified across PRO14 seasons 21-22 and 22-23.

The candidate will be embedded in a professional rugby environment and will be expected to adhere to strict non-interference rules. They will be responsible for collecting multi-channel data from a range of micro-technology devices that assess performance and monitor training load and ultimately will oversee data quality, provenance and curation within a standardised database.

Available resources/facilities: A-STEM labs (biomechanics and exercise physiology)/Ospreys load monitoring equipment

Eligibility

Candidates should hold a minimum of an upper second class (2:1) honours degree (or its equivalent) in Sports Science, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Engineering or a subject area related to the project.

Programming skills (MATLAB, PYTHON, SPSS) are required.

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements (IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5+ in each component) to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit – http://www.swansea.ac.uk/admissions/english-language-requirements/

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK/EU candidates only. Full stipend available for UK students and EU students that have been residing in the UK for 3 years or more. All other EU Students will qualify for the fees to be covered only.


Funding Notes

This scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,285.
Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK/EU candidates only. Full stipend available for UK students and EU students that have been residing in the UK for 3 years or more. All other EU Students will qualify for the fees to be covered only.