Increasing levels of obesity are a major public health concern. In the latest Health Survey for Northern Ireland data (November, 2018) 64% of adults were classified with overweight (37%) or with obesity (27%) that is, having a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25 kg/m2 or 30 kg/m2 respectively. Obesity carries significant risks to health such as an increased risk of liver and heart disease, stroke, diabetes, certain cancers and mental health conditions.
Behavioural (or lifestyle) weight management programmes (BWMPs) have risen in popularity as a treatment for obesity, targeting behaviours such as diet and physical activity. This is because substantial health benefits can achieved from weight loss in the region of 5-10% of current weight.
The aim of this research will be to comprehensively understand weight-management services and the obesity care-pathway provided across Northern Ireland in comparison with other countries. It will involve mapping of existing services, examining existing lifestyle weight management programmes for effectiveness and consulting with the public on their perceptions of obesity and their needs regarding weight-management support. It will also involve the adaptation, implementation and evaluation of lifestyle weight management programmes in NI via pragmatic trial methods.
Candidates should have or expect to obtain a 2:1 or higher Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant public health, psychology, economics or social sciences subject
Candidates applying from countries where the first language is not English should produce evidence of their competence through a qualification such as IELTS or TOEFL score.
The minimum recommended score for the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Science is:
• IELTS score of 6.0 with not less than 5.5 in each of the four component elements of listening, reading, speaking and writing taken within the last 2 years;
• TOEFL score of 80+ (internet basted test), taken within the last 2 years, with minimum component scores of; Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17);
• A valid Certificate of Proficiency in English grade A or B;
• A valid Certificate of Advanced English grade A; or
• A first or upper second class honours degree from a university based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or other suitably quality assured location in a country deemed by the UK Border Agency to be majority English speaking.
For a list of English Language qualifications also accepted by the School and University please see the following link: http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/Applying/English-language-requirements/#English
The English Language Unit (ELU) offers both pre-sessional and in-sessional courses in English for academic purposes and study skills. Courses vary in length and full information can be obtained from the ELU http://www.qub.ac.uk/tefl/
PLEASE NOTE: This project will involve Regulated Activity (working with children and/or vulnerable groups).
The successful applicant will be required to supply their details to the School Postgraduate Office in order for a criminal history check to be undertaken (Enhanced Disclosure Checks). The project will be conditional on the successful applicant being issued with a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Certificate.