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Effects of motor competence interventions on childrens’ physical activity and health

Eligibility: UK/EU/International

Award Details: £15,000 Bursary plus tuition fees - UK/EU only

Duration: Full time - 3 years 6 months Fixed Term

Application deadline: 10th January 2018

Interview date: 9th February 2018

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Professor Mike Duncan to discuss this opportunity.

Congratulations on taking your first steps toward a Research Degree with Coventry’s Centre for Sports, Exercise and Life Sciences. As an ambitious and innovative University, we’re investing an initial £100m into our new research strategy, ‘Excellence with Impact’. Through original approaches from world-leading experts, we’re aiming for our research to make a tangible difference to the way we live. As a research student you are an integral part of Coventry’s lively and diverse research community and contribute to our reputation for excellence. With our exceptional facilities and superb support mechanisms you are afforded every opportunity for academic success.

The Project

The positive impact of physical activity (PA) on children’s current and future health is well established and there is good evidence for the positive and significant association between fundamental movement skill (FMS) competence and engagement in present and future PA. FMS are basic skills which have been described as the building blocks of involvement in physical activity. However, childhood skill levels are lower than desirable in a number of countries and low FMS competency in childhood tracks into adolescence. Therefore, development of FMS has been recommended as a key focus to enhance PA in children and adolescents for health benefits. 

The focus of this Co-Tutelle PhD proposal would be to examine dose-response effects of FMS intervention on FMS, PA, weight status and psychosocial factors in early adolescent girls. There is the potential to take different approaches in terms of the socio- cultural group of participants.

The PhD programme could incorporate the following objectives:

  • Examine dose response effects of FMS interventions in early adolescent girls on: Fundamental Motor Skill competency, Physical activity, Weight status, Psychosocial factors (self-esteem, self-perception) and Motivation (via self-determination).
  • Determine the short (pre to post) and maintenance (+10 weeks post intervention) effects of different doses of FMS intervention in early adolescent girls.
  • Explore, qualitatively, the experiences of girls undertaking FMS intervention alongside the barriers/facilitators to PA in early adolescent girls.
  • Explore the extent to which socio-economic status/deprivation might influence the outcomes from and experience of undertaking FMS intervention in early adolescent girls.

About the Centre/Department

The School of Life Sciences in collaboration with the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences focuses on understanding the relationship between physical activity, exercise, obesity and health with a particular emphasis on work with children and older adults. The School and Centre have extensive background in working in local schools on fundamental motor skills monitoring, measurement and intervention design and evaluation.

Successful Applicants

Successful applicants will have:

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree (second class honours upper division) in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 70% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 70% overall module average, and/or
  • A Masters Degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent. The Masters must have been attained with overall marks at 70%. In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a mark at 70%.
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a prescribed period of study
  • Language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

Eligibility & Application Procedure