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PhD Studentship: Whey Protein and Milk Derivates for Enhancing Muscle Performance of Middle-Aged and Older Exercisers/Athletes

Loughborough University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough University, Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £17,668 tax-free stipend per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 13th January 2023
Closes: 5th February 2023
Reference: SSEHS/JF
 
Project details

Whey protein appears to be a useful nutritional adjunct to exercise training. Whilst other more novel milk derivates may also offer functional benefits when consumed alongside regular physical training, but these have had limited scientific attention to date. The purpose of this PhD is to investigate the efficacy of whey protein and other milk derivates for enhancing muscle performance of middle-aged and older exercisers including masters athletes. This exciting contemporary project is supported by Volac.

The project is likely to involve a series of studies to examine the neuromuscular responses/adaptations of regular exercisers to whey/milk derivate supplementation. Early work will likely focus on refining specific methods in acute settings/measurements or cross-sectional studies, but the major focus is expected to be longitudinal nutritional interventions administered in double blind placebo-controlled designs whilst participants perform either their habitual exercise routine or a prescribed exercise programme. Outcome measurements are likely to focus on muscle functional (strength & power), anatomical (size, architecture) and neural (activation) assessments alongside body composition and nutritional measures.

94% of Loughborough’s research impact is rated world-leading or internationally excellent. REF 2021

Supervisors

Primary supervisor: Prof Jonathan Folland

Secondary supervisor: Dr Lewis James

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Sport & Exercise Science or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree will be an advantage e.g. Exercise Physiology, as is demonstrable experience/interest in neuromuscular research.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022/23 entry
UK fee

Fully funded full-time degree per annum

International fee

Fully funded full-time degree per annum

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.

The studentship is for 4 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £17,668 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. International students may apply however the total value of the studentship will cover the international tuition fee only.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select School of Sport, Exercise & Health Sciences. Please quote the advertised reference number: SSEHS/JF in your application.

To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents.

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