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The Effects of Astaxanthin Ingestion on Cognitive Function Before and After Strenuous Exercise

   Department of Sport and Physical Activity

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  Prof L McNaughton  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

A fantastic opportunity to study for a 3-year funded doctorate whilst gaining valuable teaching experience

About the Research Project

This studentship (1 position) will be housed in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity in collaboration with Asta Real® (

All Edge Hill University postgraduate researchers (PGRs) are registered with the University’s Graduate School and housed in the faculty or department that is most appropriate for the project on which they are working. 

Information about the project

This collaborative project brings together academics, and commercial partners to develop interventions to investigate the use of anti-oxidant supplementation to determine its effectiveness at improving cognitive function before and after exercise in an over 50s age group population. The project has three studies jointly developed by the two partners and will take place over the period of the PhD. 

For informal enquiries about this project, please contact Professor Lars McNaughton ([Email Address Removed]

About the Graduate Teaching Assistant Role

Graduate Teaching Assistants hold a unique position in the University, being both registered students and carrying out teaching/teaching support duties.

Hours: This is a Full time studentship opportunity. 

As a GTA you will teach an average of 6 hours per week over at least 24 weeks of the academic year, or 144 hours in total over the full academic year.

The successful candidate will be allocated a mentor from the permanent teaching staff in respect of their teaching responsibilities, and a supervisory team of at least two suitably qualified members of Edge Hill University.

Applicant Eligibility

The successful applicant will need to start in October 2022.

The studentship will be appropriate for graduates in Sport and Exercise Sciences, or Sport and Exercise Psychology with strong preference given to those with a Master’s degree. Peer reviewed publications in the field would also be advantageous but not necessary. 

Applicants must complete the online application form via and attach 6 separate documents in the following order:

  • a 2000 word research proposal
  • a full academic CV (maximum of three A4 pages, using size 12 font) which includes the contact details of two referees, 
  • letter of application (maximum of two A4 pages, using size 12 font) which explains why you have applied and how your experience and skills qualifies you for the position.
  • a copy of your qualification certificates and scanned copy of your passport
  • completed budget sheet (see application guidance for further support)
  • IELTs, or equivalent, paperwork – click here for further information (international and EU applications only). It is important applicants seek clarification regarding this paperwork before applying if you have any questions. 

Applications that have not included the above information will be classed as incomplete and, therefore, ineligible for shortlisting.

Edge Hill University is keen to encourage a wide range of applicants from different backgrounds and particularly welcome applications from students currently underrepresented in postgraduate student cohorts.

Funding Notes

The full-time studentship will cover tuition fees at the Edge Hill University Home applicant rate plus an externally funded stipend by Asta Real, equivalent to the UK Research & Innovation’s national minimum doctoral stipend per annum (£16,062 in 2022/23). This will be for the standard length of full-time study.
Domestic (UK) rate tuition fees will be waived as part of the studentship.
You will also receive £5,500 per annum to contribute to the cost of accommodation.
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