PhD, MPhil Physical activity for health

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Research opportunities

Our research is focused on the development and testing of interventions that encourage people to participate in more physical activity and less sedentary behaviour throughout life.

We accept applications for postgraduate research study at any point throughout the year.

You can study an MPhil over one year or a PhD over the course of three years.

You can study either degree in any of our research areas:

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Fees & funding

2020/21

All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

Entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period.

Scotland/EU

TBC*
(2019/20: £4,327)

Rest of UK

TBC*
(2019/20: £4,327)

International

£14,150

Funding

Have a look at our scholarship search for any current funding opportunities available.

Postgraduate research opportunities

Search for all funded and non-funded postgraduate research opportunities.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

*Fees have not yet been set by research councils.

Postgraduate research at the Strathclyde Doctoral School

The Strathclyde Doctoral School provides a vibrant and comprehensive student-centred research and training environment in order to grow and support current and future research talent. The School encompasses our four faculties and is committed to enriching the student experience, intensifying research outputs and opportunities, and ensuring training is at the highest level. As a postgraduate researcher, you'll automatically become a member of the Strathclyde Doctoral School.

Find out more about the Doctoral School

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Supervisors

NameAreas of expertise
Ann-Marie Gibson  
  • Psychological determinants of physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour in adolescents
  • Transitions in sport and physical activity
  • Qualitative research methods in sport and physical activity
  • Applied sport psychology
Adrienne Hughes 
  • Development and testing of health behaviour change interventions across the lifespan including pregnant/postnatal women and young children, and promoting active play in children
  • Measurement/surveillance of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health outcomes in children and adolescents
  • Patterns of physical activity and growth, and their influence on health outcomes in childhood and adolescence 
Xanne Janssen 
  • Measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • Patterns of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and their associations with health outcomes in childhood and adolescents
  • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour interventions in youth with chronic kidney disease
Alison Kirk 
  • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour and behaviour change
  • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour in preventions and management of Non Communicable Disease (NCD)
  • Physical activity and sedentary behaviour in individuals with diabetes                                           
Fiona Mitchell 
  • Physical activity, dietary patterns and lifestyle interventions for youth with special needs
  • Physical activity interventions in youth with Type 1 diabetes, individuals with intellectual disabilities, adolescent girls, post-partum women
  • Smoking cessation interventions in vulnerable groups
John Reilly
  • Physical activity & sedentary behaviour in children and adolescents
  • Childhood obesity: aetiology, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, consequences
  • Objective measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • Longitudinal (birth cohort) studies, in particular with ALSPAC and GMS in the UK
  • Systematic reviewing: evidence appraisal, and evidence-based guideline development 
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Support & development

The Graduate School

The Graduate School is a friendly and supportive study environment for research students studying subjects within Humanities & Social Sciences.

Our staff will support you through your studies and you'll become part of a community of students who get involved with our workshops, seminars and competitions.

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD)

Our PgCert RPD programme aims to ensure you get the most out of your current research activities at Strathclyde and helps you prepare for your future career as a researcher.

We'll help you recognise and develop your transferrable skills that'll have a positive impact on your research, now and in the future.

Find out more about the PgCert RPD programme.

Careers

The University Careers Service can help you with everything from writing your CV to interview preparation. Take a look at our careers service pages to get more information.

Student support

From financial advice to our IT facilities, we have a wide range of support for all students here at Strathclyde. Get all the information you need at Strathlife.

Our research

Our research is focused on the development and testing of interventions that encourage people to participate in more physical activity and less sedentary behaviour across the lifespan.

The main focus of our research is to develop, evaluate and implement interventions that encourage people to do more physical activity and less sedentary behaviour across the lifespan. In line with WHO recommendations our research is targeted at prevention and management of chronic disease.

Find out more about our research

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International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Interested in undertaking a postgraduate research degree at Strathclyde?

Read our step-by-step guide on how to submit your application.

How to apply
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Entry requirements

You require to have a first-class or upper second-class UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in a related discipline.

Before you apply

We strongly advise you contact one or more potential supervisors or the Postgraduate Research Director, Dr Marc Obonsawin, before completing the online application. Please click on the ‘Supervisors’ tab above for further information.

The application

During the application you'll be asked for the following:

  • your full contact details
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency if English isn't your first language
  • two references, one of which must be academic
  • funding or scholarship information
  • research proposal of 250 to 1,000 words in length, detailing the subject area and topic to be investigated

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.

Supervisors

You'll need to identify your research supervisor before you finalise your application, preferably as soon as possible. When you've identified a potential supervisor, based on how well your research interests match theirs, drop them an email to introduce yourself. In the email, make sure you attach a draft of your research proposal along with a copy of your CV. Don't worry about how rough your research proposal may be at this stage – you'll have help from our School of Psychological Sciences and Health to refine it.

If your chosen supervisor if available to work with you, they'll confirm this and nominate a potential second supervisor. As soon as a second supervisor is confirmed, an offer of study will be sent to you through Pegasus, our online application system.

When you accept our offer, you'll receive a full offer in writing via the email address you provide.

Accepting an offer

When you've accepted our offer, we'll need you to fulfil any academic, administrative or financial conditions that we ask.

UK or EU students

If you're applying as a UK or EU student, you'll then be issued with your registration documentation.

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You can apply for a postgraduate research degree at any point in the year.

All you have to do is complete an online application.

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Contact us

Professor John Reilly

Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 4235

Email: john.j.reilly@strath.ac.uk

Graham Hills Building
40 George Street
Glasgow

Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School

Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 8400

Email: hass-postgrad@strath.ac.uk