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Fully Funded Swansea University PhD Scholarship: Stressful or Supportive? Women’s Biopsychosocial Experiences of Exercise and Fitness Tracking

Swansea University - Psychology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Swansea
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: £18,622 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 31st May 2024
Closes: 14th June 2024

Funding providers: Swansea University's Faculty of Medicine Health and Life Science

Subject areas: Psychology, Women’s Health, Wellness, Fitness, Communication

Project start date: 

  • 1 July 2024 (Enrolment open from mid-June)

Project description:  

Physical inactivity increases risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression, and costs the UK £7.4 billion annually. Women are less likely to exercise, particularly after having children and through menopause, yet exercise can help reduce menopausal symptoms and support postnatal recovery and wellbeing. We know this is affected by unique body composition and hormonal changes and social reasons (childcare, body image, financial), but less consideration is given to how exercise experiences, messaging to ‘get active’, or wearable fitness apps could increase stress for women.   

This project will explore the best way to support women to exercise, improving health and combating physical inactivity in Wales. Building on our MASI funded project exploring women’s perceptions of wearable fitness apps, and partnering with Fiercely Fit, a supportive female health and wellbeing community, we will adopt a biopsychosocial approach including taking physiological and psychological measures of stress and mood before, during and after exercise, and exploring women’s experiences of exercise and exercise messaging. We will also examine potential moderating/mediating variables such as reproductive stage, time of day, individual/group format and type of exercise in the relationship between women’s exercise motivation, exercise engagement, mood and stress.  

The successful candidate will benefit from an interdisciplinary team of experienced experts from different sectors (personal training, computer science, public health communications). There will also be the option to develop public engagement and science communication skills.  

Eligibility

Candidates must hold a UK bachelor’s degree with a minimum of Upper Second Class honours or overseas bachelor’s degree deemed equivalent to UK honours (by UK ECCTIS) and achieved a grade equivalent to UK Upper Second Class honours, and a master's degree. Alternatively, applicants with a UK first class honours degree (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University) not holding a master’s degree, will be considered on an individual basis. If you are eligible to apply for the scholarship but do not hold a UK degree, you can check our comparison entry requirements. Please note that you may need to provide evidence of your English Language proficiency.

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to applicants eligible to pay tuition fees at the UK rate only, as defined by UKCISA regulations.

Additional Funding Information

This scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend of £18,622.

Additional research expenses will also be available.

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