Deadline: 2016-04-29
Value of Scholarship: £4,000 to £4,214 p.a.
Level Of Study: Masters

Part Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Investigating the Influence of High-Intensity Interval Training on Academic Achievement and Health in Children



 

Children’s physical activity levels are associated with both physiological and psychosocial health. Current physical activity guidelines recommend children to engage in at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity every day. However, despite this, it is estimated that over a third of children fail to meet these recommended guidelines. Additionally, asthma and obesity have both increased dramatically in recent years and are two of the most common long-lasting problems to affect children. It is important to target asthma and obesity by developing effective novel exercise and educational programmes tailored especially to improve asthmatic outcomes.

Recent research has provided promising evidence to support the use of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) as an alternative to continuous aerobic exercise, which is typical of children’s sporadic physical activity levels. That said, few studies have investigated the associated health benefits of a HIIT intervention in a paediatric population. Therefore, the purpose of the present scholarship is to evaluate a school-based high-intensity interval training intervention to determine whether it is effective and can be conducted in a cost effective and time-efficient manner in a school environment.

The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Kelly Mackintosh, and based within the state of the art facilities of the Department of Sports and Exercise Science, situated in Swansea University’s Bay Campus.

The successful candidate will be expected to start their studentship in October 2016.

Academic Requirements:
Candidates should have 2:1 honours degree in a relevant area such as Sport and Exercise Science, Medicine, Physiology and/or Psychology. Candidates must also have the ability to communicate effectively with others and co-ordinate multiple tasks simultaneously.

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Residency Criteria:
This scholarship is open to UK, EU and international students.

Additional Funding Information
UK and EU students will receive the full cost of their tuition fees.

International students will receive £4000 to be used towards the cost of their tuition fees.

 

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