This project can be offered either on a full-time or a part-time basis. Please email the prospective supervisor for more details.
This project will investigate the impact of sport coaches' perceptions of their own efficacy and athletes perceptions of their coach's effectiveness on athletes' behaviours, emotions, and cognitions. As such there is a broad scope to investigate a student's particular interests within this remit. Grounded in Feltz et al.'s (1999) coaching efficacy model, qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies may be employed in the project depending on the specific research questions being addressed; the specific questions to be investigated will be negotiated once the project commences.
Bandura, A. (1997). Self-efficacy: The exercise of control. New York: Freeman & Company.
Boardley, I. D., Kavussanu, M. & Ring, C. (2008). Athletes' perceptions of coaching effectiveness and athlete-related outcomes in rugby union: An investigation based on the coaching efficacy model. The Sport Psychologist, 22, 269-287.
Feltz, D.L., Chase, M.A., Moritz, S.E., & Sullivan, P.J. (1999). A conceptual model of coaching efficacy: Preliminary investigation and instrument development. Journal of Educational Psychology, 91, 765–776.
Kavussanu, M., Boardley, I. D., Jutkiewicz, N., Vincent, S. & Ring, C. (2008). Coaching Efficacy and Coaching Effectiveness: Examining their Predictors and Comparing Coaches' and Athletes' Reports. The Sport Psychologist, 22, 383-404.
We welcome applications from Home/EU and overseas students. The University of Birmingham offers a number of competitive scholarships for students of the highest calibre. Further details are available at :
Students are also welcome to apply with their own funding for this project, either through their own person funds or by securing a scholarship.
Eligibility requirements: An Undergraduate Honours degree with a minimum classification of a 2.1 or equivalent and an English Language qualification for international students.