MRes Bursaries

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Part Funded Full-Time September 2013

The Department of Sport and Physical Activity has a rapidly developing research culture built upon a combination of experienced academics and younger researchers. The applied skills and experiences of our nationally and internationally recognized staff both enhance our teaching provision and provide unique opportunities for those wishing to undertake in the field of sport and physical activity.

As part of its expanding post-graduate provision and commitment to enhancing the early career training of aspirational researchers, the Department of Sport and Physical Activity is pleased to announce the availability of 16 full-time part-funded (50%) bursaries leading to the award of Masters by Research (MRes). Each award is available for September 2013 entry and is offered to suitably qualified candidates wishing to undertake a piece of relatively independent and applied research over a one-year period.

All projects involve applied experience and are tailored specifically to the needs of employers in the relevant field. This commitment to enhancing our students’ employability was reaffirmed recently by the 2013 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey which again placed Edge Hill University as the top performing university in the north-west for employability, with 93.4% of graduates in work or further study. The survey also positioned Edge Hill in the top 10% of mainstream English universities, in twelfth position.

The following bursaries will be delivered in association with Everton in the Community:

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  • School sport in primary schools: clubs, coaches, communities
  • Physical activity, youth and school-based health interventions
  • Engaging hard-to-reach populations in community-based health intervention programmes
  • Football and mental health promotion: the Imagine Your Goals programme
  • Disability sport in local schools and communities: participation, practice, process

Other bursaries are available for the following projects:

  • Preventing sexualized violence and gender harassment in sport: the Youth Sport Stands-Up for Youth Rights project (ENGSO Youth) (3 bursaries)
  • Safeguarding, child protection and welfare in sport: the role of Lead Officers
  • Role of Sport Vision and eye hand coordination training in sport performance (2 bursaries)
  • The effects of attentional focus in force production tasks
  • The effect of time of day on physical responses to contemporary exercise or sports performance simulations
  • The biomechanical response to soccer-specific fatigue, with implications for recovery and injury prevention
  • A proposed combined method for identification of the respiratory compensation point derived from cardiopulmonary exercise testing
  • Effects of sodium bicarbonate ingestion on high intensity exercise performance at altitude

Applicants are required to complete a 1,000-word research proposal as part of the application process which should be completed online at

When completing their proposals, applicants are encouraged to consult the relevant project summaries which are available at the Apply button below.

Informal enquiries about specific projects should be directed to the nominated supervisor as indicated on our website. All other informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Andy Smith (

Closing dates for applications is 5pm on Friday 9 August 2013.

Interviews are provisionally scheduled to take place on 21 and 22 August 2013 at the Ormskirk campus.

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