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PhD studentships

We offer studentships for research students throughout the year. When they are advertised you will find the relevant information on this page or you can contact us with any studentship enquiries.

Current opportunities

Opportunities will be posted here when they are available.

Previous studentships

  • Analysing the Effects of Therapeutic Interventions on Physiological and Participant Perceived Responses following Muscle Damaging Exercise

    The aim of this PhD project will be to firstly understand participants’ understanding and current beliefs related to the effects of therapeutic modalities and how these may affect exercise adherence / participation. Secondly; to effectively measure physiological markers related to muscle damaging exercise and responses to therapeutic interventions. Physiological markers including blood flow and associated metrics (vessel diameter, muscle oxygen, muscle oedema) will be considered.

    The project will suit an applicant with a good science based degree (have or expect to receive a minimum of UK 2:1 honours degree), in addition to a specific interest in rehabilitation, biomechanics, physiotherapy, sports therapy, or sports science. The successful candidate will gain experience in state-of-the-art methodologies applied to clinical populations in a rehabilitation setting. This includes exposure to technologies to measure muscle blood flow and muscle oxygenation.

    Further information

    Application procedure

    Applications should be submitted electronically by 3 July 2017.

    This project will be supervised by Dr Ben Jones and Dr Sue Innes. For informal discussions about this studentship, please contact Dr Ben Jones, bjonesa@essex.ac.uk and / or Dr Sue Innes, inness@essex.ac.uk.

  • How does gait and functional movement differ in older people who have fallen?

    The principal aim of this study is to understand the biomechanics of gait and functional movements of older people who fall and use these data to inform falls prevention training programmes. The student will be using a 12 camera three-dimensional motion analysis system synchronised to a force plate to capture the joint kinematics and kinetics of walking, obstacle avoidance, and turning gait.

    The project will suit an applicant with a good science based degree (have or expect to receive a minimum of UK 2:1 honours degree), in addition to a specific interest in rehabilitation, biomechanics, physiotherapy, sports therapy, or sports science. The student will develop a range of research and practical skills and will have the opportunity to work with leading experts in the field. The successful candidate will gain experience in state-of-the-art methodologies applied to clinical populations. This includes exposure to technologies to measure motion analysis. The research findings will address a significant gap in the evidence base.

    Further information

    Application procedure

    Applications should be submitted electronically by 3 July 2017.

    The project will be supervised by Dr Matthew Taylor and Professor Jo Jackson. For informal discussions about this studentship, please contact Dr Matthew Taylor, mtaylor@essex.ac.uk and / or Professor Jo Jackson, jo.jackson@essex.ac.uk.

Apply using our postgraduate application portal.