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Movement behaviours, cardiometabolic health and quality of life in adults from Black ethnicity

Eligibility: UK/International (including EU) graduates with the required entry requirements

Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 27 May 2024

Interview date: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2024

For further details, contact Dr Nduka Okwose

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Chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease are linked to lifestyle behaviours, and disproportionately affect Black adults. Despite comprehensive prevention and management guidelines for these conditions, there is limited evidence to show that these guidelines lead to improved health behaviour in Black adults. Moreover, there is a lack of understanding and categorization of lifestyle habits, particularly, movement behaviours of Black adults in the UK.

Project details

This project will aim to improve the understanding of movement behavioural patterns (i.e., sedentary time, light to vigorous activity and sleep), cardiometabolic health and quality of life of UK Black adults. The project will involve extensive research including comprehensive collection and analysis of socio demographic and clinical cardiovascular data.
The importance of this research lies in its potential to provide novel evidence for the optimum amount of physical activity and sleep needed for improved cardi-ometabolic health and quality of life. We anticipate that our findings will support improvements in public health policy and guidelines specific to Black adults thus reducing ethnicity-related health inequalities.


This is a fully-funded studentship, including tuition fees and stipend/bursary.


The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.


  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years.
  • A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS academic overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

Additional specifications

Research or professional experience of working with people from black background will be an added advantage

How to apply

To find out more about the project, please contact Dr Nduka Okwose

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

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