2018-2019 MSD BA/LEVERHULME STUDENTSHIP
We are inviting applications for an exciting opportunity to undertake a funded (fees only) Master of Science by Dissertation (MSD) at the University of Essex starting in January 2019. You’ll work with a team of experienced supervisors including Dr John Mills and Dr Ben Jones from our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, and Dr Ian Boardley at the University of Birmingham.
Deadline: Friday 14 December 2018
Equivalent to Home/EU fees (£4,410)
The MSD is available to Home and EU students who apply to the University of Essex no later than 14 December 2018. As a requirement of this studentship you’ll carry out a research project entitled:
Under the radar: Examining Sub-National-level athlete’s attitudes towards prohibited forms of performance enhancement
Doping prevalence rates in elite sport are well documented. However, little is known about athlete attitudes towards, and reported use of prohibited forms of performance enhancement below this level. This lack of research is particularly problematic at a Sub-National-level, where athletes are competing outside of tested competitions, often exposed to a range of new social influences, and experiencing an insecure career environment. Together, these factors may do little to deter athletes from doping. Through your involvement in this project it is hoped that we may illuminate the antecedent cognitive processes that underpin doping attitudes, while also examining the scale of reported use.
Essex is ranked Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, intensity weighted GPA, mainstream universities, THE 2014) and was rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF 2017). In choosing Essex for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You’ll benefit from comprehensive support and guidance including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.
To apply, you’ll need to be able to:
• Demonstrate an ability to write and communicate ideas for an academic audience evidenced by holding at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in sports science and/or (sport) psychology
• Evidence your reasons for being interested in the research topic, preferably linking with previous experience of working in this or related areas.
• Demonstrate an ability to work under pressure and manage your own time effectively.
• Demonstrate you possess excellent interpersonal skills and be able to form strong relationships with different research stakeholders to facilitate recruitment and data collection.
An understanding of the demands placed on athletes is desirable as is an interest in conducting and producing open and reproducible science.
2018-2019 School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences studentship terms and conditions
Please read the full terms and conditions before applying or accepting a scholarship, bursary or studentship. They will contain important information about eligibility, how you will receive your funding and whether this award can be combined with others or not. These can be found online: http://www.essex.ac.uk/departments/sport-rehabilitation-and-exercise-sciences/scholarships-and-funding
HOW TO APPLY
You should apply for a place on our MSD (https://www.essex.ac.uk/postgraduate-research-degrees
) no later than 14 December 2018. You must include under the section ‘Postgraduate Research Details’ on the application form the title of the research “Under the radar: Examining Sub-National-level athlete’s attitudes towards prohibited forms of performance enhancement”.
In addition to the required application documents, you should upload a CV and a one-page covering letter detailing how you are best positioned for this studentship.
Applications should be submitted online. See www1.essex.ac.uk/pgapply/login.aspx for details.