PhD Studentship in Sport Psychology

Bangor University - School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

We invite applications for a three year, full-time PhD studentship funded by the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr James Hardy (co-supervised by Dr Ross Roberts and Prof Tim Woodman)

The successful candidate will investigate the psychology of groups/teams, focusing on personality within the context of high performing teams.

The studentship covers UK/EU registration fees (currently £4,195 for 2017/18) plus a stipend of £12,000 per annum and £2,000 per annum in return for a contribution to School activities (100 hours per annum).

International applicants will receive the above as a partial scholarship together with an additional International bursary/fee reduction of up to £4,000 but must provide evidence that they are able to fund the additional fees and living expenses to meet UK Visas and Immigration Tier 4 Student Visa requirements. 

What are we looking for?
We are looking for a determined, motivated individual with a strong interest in personality and/or group dynamics who enjoys working with enthusiastic critical thinkers.  In addition, the student must be able to work as part of a team but equally be comfortable working independently and be aware of the challenges of conducting research in naturalistic and laboratory settings. 

Successful applicants will normally have a Masters degree, or in exceptional cases a First Class Honours Degree, in psychology or a sport, exercise or health-related science subject, the ability to work independently with support from a supervisor, and the enthusiasm to contribute to stimulating research and practice environments.

Why study at Bangor?
Part of the College of Health and Behavioural Sciences, the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (SHES), has been providing high-calibre degree programmes since 1978 and we are ranked 7th in the UK for our research quality (Research Excellence Framework, 2014).  We have well-equipped physiology/psychology laboratories containing an interview room, motor control computer labs, psychophysiology lab and EEG equipment. The School is ideally situated to local amenities and overlooks the beautiful Menai Straits. 

Please contact Dr James Hardy if you have any queries:
E-mail: (+44) 01248 383493

How to apply
If you meet the above criteria send: (i) a CV, (ii) covering letter, and (iii) two reference letters to: The covering letter should include a clear statement detailing how your qualifications, experience and research interests make you a suitable candidate for this scholarship.

In addition, a two-page research proposal (excluding Reference sections) regarding personality and teams is also expected and should provide an overview of Introduction, Method, and Data Analysis issues.

The closing date for formal applications is Friday, 1 September 2017 and short-listed applicants will be required to attend interview on Wednesday, 13 September 2017.

PLEASE NOTE – this is a re-advertisement due to a change to the expected start date (now 1 November 2017). Previous applicants need not re-apply as their applications will automatically be taken forward, however they are welcome to re-apply with new paperwork should they wish.

Interview Process
Short-listed candidates will be invited to attend an interview and Skype interviews arranged for International applicants.

The successful applicant will then be required to complete the University’s online application form.

Unfortunately it is not possible to acknowledge unsuccessful applications.

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