|UK Students, EU Students, International Students
|The 3-year studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £18,622 per annum, plus tuition fees at the UK rate.
|1st December 2023
|31st January 2024
Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are still a leading cause of death globally. Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is an evidence-based intervention which is delivered after a cardiac event and aims to improve and restore health post cardiac event, and decrease the risk of future events.
The benefits of exercise-based rehabilitation mean physical activity is a core component of CR and patients are encouraged to engage in physical activity on a regular basis. However, adherence to physical activity can be problematic within this population, and maintenance of physical activity in the months’ following discharge from CR has been shown to decline.
Our studentship will utilize a range of transdisciplinary methods to investigate strategies to encourage increased physical activity in CR settings, with a view to long-term maintenance of physical activity. This will encompass elements of psychology, behaviour change, and physiological measures.
Initial work will include developing an evidence base of existing intervention components and their efficacy. In consultation with stakeholders, intervention components will be identified and then investigated further using behaviour change theories and intervention development frameworks. In addition to investigating changes in physical activity, physiological measures of cardiovascular risk will also be assessed to examine both behavioural and physiological changes.
Primary supervisor: Dr Nicola Paine
Secondary supervisor: Dr Florence Kinnafick
Applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements, please find further available on the international website.
The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £18,622 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate.
How to apply
All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select *School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences*. Quote the reference number: SSEHS/NP24 in your application.
To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents.
As part of your application, please also submit a 1000-word (maximum) research proposal. In this proposal, we want you to imagine that you are at the point of designing a physical activity intervention for Cardiac Rehabilitation patients as part of your PhD. In your proposal, please outline what your study design would be, what measures would you include, and what would your intervention components be and why? You may include a reference list at the end of your proposal, which will not count towards the 1000 words limit of the proposal.
The following selection criteria will be used by academic schools to help them make a decision on your application.
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