PhD studentships

PhD studentships are a type of scholarship for your research. Generally, a PhD studentship will provide at least the full standard UK/EU fees, and will usually include a maintenance stipend as well. The studentship will normally focus on an area of research that is of interest to the sponsoring party. Below are some of the PhD studentships available:

PhD Studentship at Birmingham City University and Kidderminster Harriers Football Club

Funding:

This is a 36 month (3 year) fully-funded PhD Studentship starting in February 2019. In-line with the Research Council values, this PhD Studentship includes a tax-free stipend of £14,777 per year (paid monthly) and tuition fees of £4,260 per year. The stipend is increased annually in-line with Research Council recommendations. Students may also apply for additional funding to support conference attendance and continual professional development opportunities.

Project summary

This project will be undertaken in collaboration with our partner organisation Kidderminster Harriers Football Club. KHFC are a professional football club currently competing in the National League North, who have a long-term ambition of returning to the Football League. As a result of their fulltime training environment continuing to evolve, this PhD Studentship offers the successful candidate the opportunity to investigate the physical capacities, training load, and injury risk reduction strategies in non-league professional football players.

The non-league environment somewhat differs to other football settings that have been previously investigated, with a high occurrence of consecutive matches alongside the unknown training load due to the monetary outlay and resources required. Consequently, this offers potential candidates the opportunity to submit a research proposal on the physical capacities, training load, and injury risk reduction strategies in non-league professional football players.

The successful candidate will also engage in a work-based learning placement across their three years of study (with regular holiday allowances applied). This placement will be for a Sports Therapist or Physiotherapist working within Kidderminster Harriers Football Club. Therefore, previous experience of providing sports therapy and/or rehabilitation within a professional sports team or medical setting is essential. In addition, due to the working patterns of a professional football club, availability outside normal working hours (evenings /weekends) may be useful to the candidate in order to facilitate engagement with the setting.

Person specification:

Essential:

  • A good first degree in Sports Therapy, Sports Rehabilitation, or Physiotherapy.
  • Applied clinical experience in either a team or medical setting.
  • Fully insured member with The Society of Sports Therapists or other Allied Health Profession such as Physiotherapy (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) or Sports Rehabilitation (The British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers)

Desirable:

  • Postgraduate Degree
  • Experience of quantitative research methods, alongside a strong understanding of SPSS and Microsoft Excel software
  • Experience and confidence in using GPS software and performing physical performance testing
  • Due to the working patterns of a professional football club, availability outside normal working hours (evenings /weekends) may be useful to the candidate in order to facilitate engagement with the setting.
Start date:

This PhD studentship will commence 1st February 2019.

There may be an opportunity for the successful candidate to undertake paid part-time work as a Sports Therapist for KHFC between October 2018 and February 2019. This will be discussed at interview.

Contact

The successful candidate will principally be supervised by Dr Richard Blagrove, with the remainder of the interdisciplinary supervision team including Dr Adam L. Kelly and Dr Peter K. Thain. For further information please contact Dr Richard Blagrove via Richard.Blagrove@bcu.ac.uk or Dr Adam L. Kelly via Adam.Kelly@bcu.ac.uk.

Application procedure

Follow this link and start your application by clicking ‘Apply online’.

Supporting documents include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Supporting Statement – 500 word supporting statement detailing your experience and suitability to complete the research degree and applied work
  • Research Proposal – 1500 word research proposal for the project (including your potential rationale, methodology, hypothesis, and data collection timeline) – see application portal for template  Academic Reference
  • Professional Reference

Application deadline: 11:59pm on Friday 19th October 2018
Potential interview date: Week commencing 29th October 2018