Part-Funded Full-Time MRes Bursaries ? September 2014 Entry

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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 research 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 12 full-time part-funded (50%) bursaries leading to the award of Masters by Research (MRes). Each award is available for September 2014 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 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, the charity of Everton Football Club:

  • Developing behaviour change among hard-to-reach populations in community-based physical activity and health intervention programmes: the role of social capital
  • Promoting physical activity and workplace wellbeing in Everton Football Club: a study of policy, process and practice
  • Investigating the impact of volunteering on the health and wellbeing of volunteers: a study of Everton in the Community?s V Healthy programme
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Other bursaries are available for the following projects:

  • The emotional practice of sports coaching
  • The emotional aspects of sports coach learning
  • The role of attentional focus in motor skill acquisition and performance (2 bursaries)
  • Exercise is medicine: a case study in women?s soccer
  • The effect of circadian rhythms and/or heat stress on physical responses to exercise or sports performance
  • The effect of drink colour on psychophysiological responses to exercise
  • Effects of sodium bicarbonate ingestion during short-term 16 km time trial performance at altitude
  • High-intensity interval training in cardiac rehabilitation

Applicants are required to complete a 1,000-word research proposal as part of the application process which should be completed online at Short-listed candidates will also be required to attend interview before any appointments are made.

When completing their proposals, applicants are encouraged to consult the relevant project summaries which are available at:

The bursaries will cover 50% of the Home/EU fee rates (?2250 for 2014/2015).

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 date for applications is 5pm on Friday 1 June 2014.

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