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Enhancing women’s elite rugby performance S&T72

  • 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&T72

Women’s rugby is a rapidly increasing sport in terms of participation, media coverage and financial investment. Despite this, there is very limited research about the physical demands, training load, injury rates and training prescription in the modern game. In association with International and elite women’s rugby teams this PhD will aim to establish the physical performance of players during matches and training, and how this relates to both performance and injury incidence.

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, and reduce injury incidence, 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 Rachel Malcolm and Dr Simon Cooper. For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Caroline Sunderland or Dr Rachel Malcolm.

School strategic research priority

This research is aligned with the Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement research centre.

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

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