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A psychological evaluation of an MDT 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: From £15,450 maintenance grant per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 1st October 2021
Closes: 30th October 2021

Lead Supervisor name: Dr 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. 

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. Specifically, through the use of ethnographic action research, by the end of the project it is intended that we will be able to provide a framework which is academically driven and has real world impact upon the operational systems of the football academy. Therefore, the PhD offers the successful candidate an exciting opportunity to work across the Category one academy.

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,450 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.

Candidates should hold or be willing to work towards HCPC accreditation and experience of operating in the football context. Should be able to contribute to the psychology and/or coaching curriculum. 

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 31st October 2021.

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

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