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PhD Classic Funded Studentship Opportunity in Collaboration with Emotive Health: An Investigation Into Novel Health Well-being Interventions to Improve Public Behaviour and Health

Birmingham City University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Birmingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: please see advert text.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 8th September 2021
Closes: 26th September 2021
Reference: PNF 3924

Contact for informal enquiries: Dr Lewis Gough (

This project will be undertaken in collaboration with our partner organisation, Emotive Health. They are the world’s first multigenerational health platform, using wearable technology to facilitate simple health and wellbeing improvements across multiple generations. Their aim is to offer a place where families can connect and improve their health and wellbeing. This PhD will explore novel methods to improve health and wellbeing using nutritional and physiological interventions.

The successful candidate will engage in fieldwork with the organisation for approximately 20 hours per week across their three years of study (with regular holiday allowances applied). This is part of our practice based PhD's that have an excellent track record for excellent applied research at our university.

Based on this, we are looking for a candidate who is passionate about these areas of research within community settings. In return, this PhD studentship allows the candidate to combine academic study and applied experience that will leave the successful candidate well placed for a career in this particular discipline.

Supervision will be provided by an interdisciplinary research team consisting of Dr Lewis Gough, Dr Irfan Khawaja, and Dr Meghan Brown.

Person specification

Essential –

  • An undergraduate degree (2.1 or above) in a sport or health-related discipline
  • Available to work evenings and weekends due to the demands of events, training, and data collection requirements

Desirable –

  • A post-graduate degree in a sport or health-related discipline
  • Experience of conducting applied research in either a quantitative or qualitative research methodology

Funding Information

This 36 month (3 year) full-time fully-funded PhD Classic Studentship comprises a tax-free stipend of £15,609 per annum (paid monthly). The bursary is renewable annually for up to 36 months in total, subject to you making satisfactory progression within your PhD research.

This funding model also includes a FT Home fees studentship (£4,500 for 2021-22) for up to 3 years, subject to you making satisfactory progression within your PhD research.

This opportunity is open to UK, EU and Overseas applicants. International fee status applicants will be required to meet the difference in fee costs from their own funds

How to Apply

To apply, please complete an online application. In place of a personal statement applicants are required to upload a research proposal. Please ensure you state the project reference PNF 3924 on your proposal form.

You will also be required to upload two references, at least one being an academic reference, and your qualification/s of entry (Bachelor/Masters certificate/s and transcript/s). Supporting documents will include

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research proposal – up to 2000 words comprising of a literature review, general methodology, research aims, and a timeline of completion.
  • Academic reference
  • Professional reference

Deadline for Applications

The closing date for applications is 23.59 on Sunday 26th September 2021 for a February 2022 start.

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