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PhD Sport and Exercise Psychology

Location: Colchester
Duration: 3 Years
Tuition fee: Find out using our fee pages
Funding available: Find out using our scholarship finder
Further information: For more information, please e-mail us or see for yourself by booking a place at one of our open days

About PhD Sport and Exercise Psychology

We offer supervision in all areas of staff expertise in sports and exercise psychology.

It is also possible to study non-invasive measurements of brain function within our Department of Biological Sciences and via collaborations with the cognitive neuroscience laboratory in our Department of Psychology. Methods include EEG, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS).

Please note, part-time research study is also available.

Why study PhD Sport and Exercise Psychology at Essex?

Our Centre for Sports and Exercise Science is based within our School of Biological Sciences, which has an international reputation for our outstanding record of teaching and research. We are a large school with friendly and supportive staff, in our 2010 National Student Satisfaction Survey we were ranked third in the UK for the subject area ‘biology and related sciences’.

We have a range of research groups working on important international and national problems using cutting-edge techniques. The quality of our work is reflected in the large number of publications in high profile academic journals, such as Nature, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy USA, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Molecular Cell, Plant Cell, Limnology and Oceanography, and Environmental Microbiology. In addition, several of our staff have active leadership roles in learned societies and are editors of leading biological science journals.

Our facilities

Key to the success of all research and teaching within a university is sufficient resources. Our School of Biological Sciences is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, centrally resourced by technical/post-doctoral staff who provide a service to all our staff and students. Recent investment has provided modern facilities for imaging biological systems, transcriptomics, proteomics and bioinformatics.

Our Centre for Sports and Exercise Science has its own cardiac rehabilitation centre on our Colchester Campus. Alongside this, our Phoenix Club is a twice-weekly community based rehabilitation programme which allows your to gain vital experience in working with patients.

Our successful Human Performance Unit (HPU) provides educational and coaching services, health-related exercise programmes and athlete testing, as well as unique opportunities for you to further your studies and research in these areas.

We have a new study room for our postgraduate research students. This has been designed in collaboration with our postgraduates, and allows all our PhD students to have office space as well as a dedicated bench space in our research laboratories. This provides a focal point for our postgraduates, facilitating good communication and a strong sense of community.

Location: Colchester
Duration: 3 Years
Tuition fee: Find out using our fee pages
Funding available: Find out using our scholarship finder
Further information: For more information, please e-mail us or see for yourself by booking a place at one of our open days

Introduction

A research degree gives you the chance to investigate your chosen topic in real depth and reach a profound understanding. In communicating that understanding, through a thesis or other means, you have a rare opportunity to generate knowledge. A research degree allows you to develop new high-level skills, enhance your professional development and build new networks. It can open doors to many careers.

As a research student at Essex, you’ll work at the heart of our internationally-acknowledged and well-connected research community. We offer world class supervision and training opportunities, and encourage you to engage with other researchers, professionals, practitioners and research users, where possible. Our research is supported by a wide spectrum of UK research councils, EU framework programmes, public-sector organisations and departments, charities, and private-sector industry and businesses. Engagement with these external funders and stakeholders enriches the quality and relevance of your experience and training.

Your supervisor

Within our School of Biological Sciences, you will be allocated a supervisor whose role it is to guide you through the different stages of your research degree. In some cases, you may have joint supervision by two members of our staff.

The support provided by your supervisor is a key feature of your research student experience and you will have regular one-to-one meetings to discuss progress on your research. Initially, your supervisor will help you develop your research topic and plan.

Twice a year, you will have a supervisory board meeting, which provides a more formal opportunity to discuss your progress and agree your plans for the next six months.

How you will study

The aim of undertaking your PhD within our School of Biological Sciences is to train independent researchers who can critically assess other research work, and have a comprehensive knowledge of at least one area of biology.

Our PhD programme is usually three to four years duration and all our students are initially registered as Mphil/PhD students, then transferred to the PhD in the first half of their second year of study if they have made satisfactory progress. In your second and third years, you work towards your PhD.

Finalising your PhD

Within our School of Biological Sciences, you must attend two formal supervisory board meetings each year where you submit literature reviews and research reports to the Board members prior to the meeting. At these meetings, such documents are discussed with you and your progress is assessed.

Your PhD thesis is generally completed within three to four years and has a maximum length of 80,000 words. Great importance is given to the completion of PhDs within a four-year period from the time of initial registration. Your Mphil is usually completed in two years, with a maximum thesis length of 50,000 words. Your MSc by Dissertation is usually completed in one year, with a maximum thesis length of 30,000 words.

Seminars and conferences

Within our School of Biological Sciences, you are expected to attend departmental and research group seminars, and give research seminars about your studies in research group meetings. A Graduate Forum, organised by our graduate students, is held each September and you present your research, either as a poster or an oral presentation, with prizes awarded for the best.

You are encouraged, and funded, to attend national and international conferences on your research areas and, during the later stages of your PhD, expected to present your work at such conferences.

Location: Colchester
Duration: 3 Years
Tuition fee: Find out using our fee pages
Funding available: Find out using our scholarship finder
Further information: For more information, please e-mail us or see for yourself by booking a place at one of our open days

Career destination

Our graduates go on to a range of careers. Some work in biomedical laboratories and in the biotechnology industry, both in research and development, and in sales. Other careers include work with governmental and non-governmental environmental agencies and organisations, or teaching in schools and colleges.

Support for postgraduates

Our University of Essex has a range of support services designed to help you to achieve your full potential and get the most out of your studies. These form a co-ordinated network of support, and are an important part of your overall student experience at Essex.

Our staff operate an 'open door' policy so are available to discuss any concerns with you throughout the year.

Location: Colchester
Duration: 3 Years
Tuition fee: Find out using our fee pages
Funding available: Find out using our scholarship finder
Further information: For more information, please e-mail us or see for yourself by booking a place at one of our open days

For research study within our School of Biological Sciences, we normally require a good honours or Masters degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. A well-developed research proposal is also essential.

However, if you do not have a Masters degree, we also offer a four-year integrated PhD, where your first year is spent doing a Masters before embarking on your research. This preparatory year ensures you develop your knowledge before embarking on your independent research.

If English is not your first language, then we will require you to have IELTS 6.5 (5.5 minimum component score) or equivalent.

Location: Colchester
Duration: 3 Years
Tuition fee: Find out using our fee pages
Funding available: Find out using our scholarship finder
Further information: For more information, please e-mail us or see for yourself by booking a place at one of our open days

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