PhD Studentship - Faster, higher, older: multidisciplinary research into the effects of sarcopenia in humans

Coventry University - Faculty Research Centre Applied Biological and Exercise Sciences / Health and Life Sciences

There is increasing interest in health issues related to the ageing process; a key feature of which is sarcopenia, the reduction of muscle mass and strength. Age-related sarcopenia is a complex multifactorial process that links natural ageing, life-style changes and dietary intake; this process is ill-defined with limited understanding. Whilst there has been improvement in knowledge of sarcopenia from an epidemiological perspective, and a move towards whole life studies, there remain significant unexplained variations in the factors associated with its diagnosis, development, progression and management.

This project aims to determine the key life-style factors involved to age-related sarcopenia; the quantification of such factors. Using nutritional and exercise interventions we will investigate which factors may be able to slow or arrest this process.

This is a jointly funded PhD project between the Centre for Applied Biological and Exercise Sciences at Coventry University & University Hospitals Coventry & Warwick (UHCW) Human Metabolic Research Unit. The aim of this work is to translate the research findings of human intervention studies to inform healthcare solutions and life style modifications in adults. For more information please visit

  • High-calibre student, BSc/MSc 1st or 2:1 in Applied Physiology, Sport and Exercise science, Human biology/physiology, Dietetics or other relevant bioscience degree.
  • Advantageous - experience of working with human participants and biological laboratory skills.
  • A good knowledge of statistical techniques


Start date: Jan 2017

Duration of study

Full-Time - three years fixed term
Part-Time - five years fixed term

Interview dates: confirmed to short listed candidates

Enquiries may be addressed to: or Professor D Renshaw

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