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PhD Studentship: Does Time Spent doing Physical Activity Extend the Lifespan Beyond the time Spent doing Physical Activity?

University of Exeter - College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Exeter
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: £15,609
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 3rd November 2021
Closes: 24th January 2022
Reference: 4325

Physical activity is an essential component of human health. Staying active enables us to maintain happy and productive lives. However for some, physical activity is not enjoyable. This project will seek to answer the question, what is the trade-off between time spent in physical activity and life expectancy? If the additional life-years gained through living a physically active lifestyle are completely outweighed by the time spent exercising, then that would be important for individuals to know. On the other hand, if exercise time pays longevity dividends in excess of the time spent doing the exercise, then even those who do not enjoy physical activity, might be persuaded to do it. 

This project will collate and assess the best available evidence regarding physical activity and life-years gain and quantitatively summarise the results. The expectation is that both trial and observational data will need to be synthesised in order to obtain the best possible estimate of the trade-off. Secondary questions will address whether this trade-off is constant across the socioeconomic gradient as well as over the lifespan. Types of physical activity (e.g. moderate versus vigorous) may also play a role. There may be a critical window for individuals to start being active to accrue the most benefit. 

This project will seek to combine the best available trial evidence with the best available observational evidence in order to lean on the strengths of both approaches. 

Entry Requirements 

This studentship is open to UK and Irish nationals, who if successful in their application will receive a full studentship including payment of university tuition fees at the home fees rate. 

Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology.

If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.0 in IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project.  

Alternative tests may be acceptable (see http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/english/). 

Funding Details

The University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. For eligible students the studentship will cover Home tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,609 for 3.5 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. 

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