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Elite male field hockey: training, development and performance S&T2

  • School: School of Science and Technology
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Starting: 2022
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Fully-funded


NTU's Fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme 2022

Project ID: S&T2

Recently there has been rapid changes in field hockey rules and regulations which has changed the physical demands and skill requirements of the game. Research from our group and others has started to investigate the impact of these rule changes on physical performance. However, there is still limited understanding of optimal training, recovery and playing tactics to maximise performance and to reduce the risk of injury. The International Olympic Committee’s 2015 consensus statement on youth athlete development specifically identified a marked lack of evidence in field hockey to optimise development of elite youth players (Bergeron MF, et al. Br J Sports Med 2015;49:843–851). In association with an elite men’s field hockey team this PhD will aim to improve player development and performance.

The project will use GPS technology, player reported well-being data, injury incidence, performance analysis and training data to provide a holistic overview of performance. Interventions to improve performance will be investigated.

This project would suit a student who has a 1st class honours and ideally a Masters in a Sports Science discipline. The student will need to be hard-working, innovative and able to work to tight deadlines. Experience of working with team sports athletes would be advantageous.  The doctoral candidate will need to be available to work weekends and evenings and would suit a student who wants to complete BASES accreditation and work in elite sport in their future career.

The PhD will be supervised by Dr Caroline Sunderland, Dr John Morris from Nottingham Trent University and Dr Laura Barrett from Loughborough University. For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Caroline Sunderland (

Supervisory Team

Dr Caroline Sunderland (Associate Professor, 13 PhD completions, >£250k income, BASES accredited for Sports Science Support).

Dr John Morris (Associate Professor, 8 PhD completions, >£1million income).

Dr Laura Barrett (Loughborough University, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, 5 PhD completions, >£400k income,).

The Supervisory team has extensive experience in completing research with elite sporting teams and have published over 50 papers in applied team sports physiology. We have a 100% PhD completion rate.

School strategic research priority

Project aligns with: Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement Research Centre and Centre strategy. The project will provide vital information for impact case studies, specifically a team sport case study.

Entry qualifications

For the eligibility criteria, visit our studentship application page.

How to apply

For guidance and to make an application, please visit our studentship application page. The application deadline is Friday 14 January 2022.

Fees and funding

This is part of NTU's 2022 fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme.

Guidance and support

Download our full applicant guidance notes for more information.

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