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Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD Studentships Sport and Physical Activity

All postgraduate researchers (PGRs) are registered in the University’s Graduate School and housed in the faculty or department that is most appropriate for the project on which they are working. Researchers working on sport related projects are normally housed in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity.

The research priorities for the EHU Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism REF Unit of Assessment are continued increases in the volume of high-quality research outputs, enabling and evidencing research impact, postgraduate student and staff research development, and applying for grant funding to build research capacity.

We aim to realise these priorities through world-leading research which aligns with multi-disciplinary research groups. Research groups are led by established researchers who oversee a diverse portfolio of research programmes that encompass work in a myriad of settings including laboratories, clinical and field contexts.

We are seeking talented and motivated applicants whose research will contribute to the achievement of our research priorities. The University particularly welcomes applications for studentships in the project areas outlined below with additional research information on the research area webpages. All PGRs will be supported by a supervisory team with appropriate expertise. Also, see the University’s research repository for further information on the research outputs of each member of staff.


In the first instance please direct all enquiries about proposed projects on topics related to Sport and Exercise Sciences to the Graduate School with Professor Matt Greig, Graduate School Research Degree Contact for sport and exercise Sciences, leisure and tourism, included.

Research themes

Sport, Health & Exercise Biomechanics:

Identifying factors influencing movement quality following total knee or hip replacement.

Building on existing links and research projects conducted with surgical staff within a local NHS Trust, you will have the opportunity to design and evaluate pre-surgical and/or post-operative rehabilitation strategies. Working within our clinical and laboratory spaces you would have access to biomechanical techniques which might include gait analysis, electromyography, isokinetic dynamometry, medical imaging, etc. You will also have the opportunity to inform the development of battery of functional tasks, used to assess the efficacy of your intervention strategies, and with the aim of informing clinical practice.

Sport, Health & Exercise Psychology:

Exploring OPTIMAL instructional conditions influencing the performance and learning of movement skills.   

This project will give you the opportunity to investigate how motivational and attentional conditions impact and interact during the execution and/or learning of movement skills. You will have the chance to explore how teachers, coaches and sport practitioners can best capitalise on these considerations, with the aim of informing best practice in applied settings. Examples of such settings might include schools, sports, or clinical applications.

Match Funded GTA:

Player Performance and Welfare in Rugby League in partnership with RLCares

This opportunity is a ringfenced GTA post housed in the department of Sport and Physical Activity. Find more information including how to apply for this specific opportunity online.

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Please direct any questions about the project to Professor Andy Smith in advance of submitting your application for this particular opportunity.