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Physical activity during pregnancy

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    Dr L Smith
    Dr E Burns
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Department of Psychology, Social Work and Public Health - competitive full time three year funded studentship

First supervisor: Dr Lesley Smith, second supervisor(s) Dr Ethel Burns and Dr Louise Hunter.

Closing date 27th July 2015 for receipt of application, CV, research proposal and if appropriate valid IELTS test score certificate which must have been issued within the last two years.

Eligibility only open to UK/EU applicants .... (who should be resident in the UK/EU)

Research project.
Research indicates that recommended physical activity levels are not met by a substantial proportion of the adult population, and in women further decline during pregnancy. Some of the barriers to being active and participating in exercise classes involve physiological factors and attitudes towards risk and safety with lack of clear advice on what to do. Yet there are many health benefits from staying active throughout pregnancy and beyond. This PhD will take forward preliminary research we have conducted on this topic and use a mixed methods approach to develop interactive and tailored advice for women.

As part of the Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching per week during semesters without further remuneration. This may include supporting the teaching of statistics. You will also be expected to participate in a course to develop your teaching skills.

Please note that the any successful applicant will be subject to a DBS search once they enrol. In view of checking procedures they will be required to exhibit a current passport plus other original documentation to enable a search to be undertaken.

Application information

Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification in health sciences, health psychology, or other relevant discipline.

Please complete the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences PhD Research Studentship Application Form, which you can download from

Please refer to guidance notes that accompany the downloadable application form.

Additionally with your Application Form you should enclose a CV and a Research Proposal (max 2000 words) plus if appropriate a valid IELTS test score certificate.

Applications will only be accepted by email to the Research Administrator at the following address: [Email Address Removed]

Please carefully note that applicant/s who are chosen to attend a final selection interview, which may be by Skype, will be asked to supply two academic references. Our standard referee form will be provided AT THIS STAGE. We will also require AT THIS STAGE copies of degree certificate/s and transcript/s.

You must not submit any queries, application form, CV or research proposal via FindAPhD.


Closing Date: 27th July 2015

Start Date: either 14th September 2015 or 25th January 2016

Value p.a.: Bursary of £14057 (pro rata if January start) for academic year 2015/16 & fees

Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants only (who must be resident in UK/EU)

Requirements - Good Honours degree level equivalent to a UK degree BSc (minimum 2.1 or higher). See details under specific project description.

EU Applicants additional requirement
A valid IELTS test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 or relevant undergraduate degree awarded by UK university within the last two years.

Interviews will on the 18th August 2015

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