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PhD Studentship: An Evaluation of the Development and Use of the 4A's Multidisciplinary Framework for Sports Science Service Delivery

Bournemouth University - Faculty of Health & Social Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bournemouth
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,225 maintenance grant per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 13th March 2020
Closes: 27th April 2020

Funding amount: £15,225 maintenance grant per annum

Lead Supervisor name: Amanda Wilding

In today’s climate it is widely acknowledged that Premier League football clubs are considered as being business operators who generate profit from the buying, developing and selling of players giving it a unique culture, with the opportunity for huge financial rewards. Consequently, sporting organisations are ever increasing their utilisation of performance analysts, strength and conditioning specialists and sport psychologists under the guise of sport science service providers. These scientists are said to enhance sports performance through the development of systematic frameworks which allow the embedment of rigorous scientific training and knowledge into not only their own domain but in addition, that of other departments through the offering of novel insights.

Commonly referred to as multidisciplinary teams (MDTs), the basic premise of service providers is to integrate knowledge from across disciplines to approach and work with players in a collaborative manner in order to aid performance. The aim of an MDT in the sports context is therefore to enrich a players learning and development experience by using various experts input to achieve a common goal.

The overall aim of the proposed project is therefore to systematically evaluate the theoretical and operational merits of the 4A’s framework and its conceptual components in order to report upon firstly, its academic rigour and secondly appraise the practical application and subsequent impact of the model.

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,225 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years and must demonstrate:

  • Outstanding academic potential as measured normally by either a 1st class honours degree (or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA) or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent
  • An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language and this must be evidenced at point of application.

In addition to satisfying basic entry criteria, BU will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful and timely completion.

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 27 April 2020.

For further information on how to apply click the ‘Apply’ button below or email

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