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Canterbury Christ Church University PhD Scholarship

Canterbury Christ Church University - Sport and Exercise Science

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Canterbury
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Annual stipend and tuition fee waiver for three years.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 9th November 2022
Closes: 9th December 2022
 

Cluster: Sport and Exercise Science
Name of scholarship: Canterbury Christ Church University PhD Scholarship
Award: PhD Scholarship

Content of offer
Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications for one full-time PhD scholarship (annual stipend and tuition fee waiver for three years) in the area of Sport and Exercise Science.

The scholarship will start no later than January 2023.

The PhD scholarship will be awarded in the following topic area:
Isometric exercise training: placebo and mechanistic insights

In the past decade, isometric exercise training has emerged as a convenient, cost-effective intervention that can produce clinically meaningful reductions in blood pressure. In fact, isometric exercise training has shown to be the most effective type of exercise to achieve reductions for this significant cardiovascular risk factor. While reductions in blood pressure are suggested to be mediated via physiological mechanisms, such as an enhanced autonomic vasomotor control, no research has examined the psychological factors, such as placebo effects. Placebo effects are favourable outcomes often attributable to participant’s positive expectation about the intervention and have shown to significantly affect cardiovascular outcomes, including blood pressure. At present, it is currently unknown whether the anti-hypertensive effects of isometric training are a result of physiological, psychological or an interaction of the two.

The aim of this PhD is to examine changes in blood pressure following isometric exercise training and identify the contribution of both physiological and psychological effects on reported outcomes. Current objectives are to: 1) examine the physiological and psychological mechanisms associated with isometric exercise training on blood pressure, 2) explore the neurobiological responses following isometric exercise training, and 3) identify how to maximise the physiological and psychological benefits of isometric exercise training.

The successful candidate will be based within the School of Psychology and Life Sciences and will be supported by the following academic members of staff: Professor Andrew Edwards, Dr Jamie O’Driscoll, Dr Jim Wiles and Dr Philip Hurst.

Interested applicants should contact Dr Philip Hurst for an informal discussion (philip.hurst@canterbury.ac.uk).

To read more about the research of Canterbury Christ Church University in the field of sport and exercise sciences visit our website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/science-engineering-and-social-sciences/psychology-and-life-sciences/sport-and-exercise-sciences/research/research.aspx.

For more general information about studying for a PhD at Canterbury Christ Church University, please email the Faculty Director of Postgraduate Studies, Dr Dikaia Chatziefstathiou: dikaia.chatziefstathiou@canterbury.ac.uk.

How to apply
Please submit your application using the online admissions portal.

https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/explore-postgraduate/explore-postgraduate-research/research-subject-areas/sport-and-exercise-science

As part of your application, you will be required to submit a research proposal. Please tick the appropriate box on the proposal form to indicate that you are applying for a PhD scholarship alongside a place on the PhD programme. Please specify that you are interested in the isometric exercise rehabilitation project and write your research proposal around the description of the project and research questions set out above.

To be eligible for consideration for a scholarship you must have applied for both a place on the PhD programme as well as a scholarship by the scholarship application deadline of 9th December 2022.

For any queries about the application and admissions process please contact Postgraduate Admissions (pgadmissions@canterbury.ac.uk).

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