Applied Health Sciences (PhD)

2020-21 (also available for 2021-22)

This course is eligible for Doctoral loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

21 September 2020

4 January 2021

26 April 2021

Duration

The maximum duration for a full-time PhD is 3 years (36 months) with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 12 months.

Sometimes it may be possible to mix periods of both full-time and part-time study.

Application deadlines

For PGR start date January 2021

20 November 2020

For PGR start date April 2021

26 February 2021

For PGR start date July 2021

11 June 2021

For PGR start date September 2021

02 July 2021

About the research degree

A PhD is the highest academic award for which a student can be registered. This programme allows you to explore and pursue a research project built around a substantial piece of work, which has to show evidence of original contribution to knowledge.

A full time PhD is a three year programme of research and culminates in the production of a large-scale piece of written work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 80,000 to 100,000 words.

Completing a PhD can give you a great sense of personal achievement and help you develop a high level of transferable skills which will be useful in your subsequent career, as well as contributing to the development of knowledge in your chosen field.

You are expected to work to an approved programme of work including appropriate programmes of postgraduate study (which may be drawn from parts of existing postgraduate courses, final year degree programmes, conferences, seminars, masterclasses, guided reading or a combination of study methods).

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members to advise and support you on your project.

Entry requirements

The normal level of attainment required for consideration for entry is:​

  • a Master's degree from a UK University or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or
  • an upper second class honours degree (2:1) from a UK university in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed, or
  • appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Why choose Huddersfield?


There are many reasons to choose the University of Huddersfield and here are just five of them:

  1. We were named University of the Year by Times Higher Education in 2013.
  2. Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Authority.
  3. Our courses have been accredited by 41 professional bodies.
  4. 94.6% of our postgraduate students go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.
  5. We have world-leading applied research groups in Biomedical Sciences, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities.

What can I research?

There are several research topics available for this degree. See below examples of research areas including an outline of the topics, the supervisor, funding information and eligibility criteria:

Outline

There is scope to develop applied research projects in Women’s Football (soccer). Specific research questions are open to discussion between the supervisor and PhD student. Areas of interest include investigating match and training demands/loads, energy expenditure and energy intake, nutritional interventions, programming, and performance analysis.

We are particularly interested in candidates who are currently working in Women’s football, or have links to clubs.

Funding

Interested students can self-fund or seek funding from external sources. In the first instance students should contact Liam directly to discuss research ideas and potential funding opportunities.

Deadline

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Equations exist that can predict ankle strength in a healthy adult population but these have not been tested in for example older populations, specific sporting populations, in diabetic or CP patients. Exploration of some of these areas could be beneficial for rehabilitation and prevention of injury.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

The expression of speed during team sport competition is a crucial element of overall performance. Recent research has demonstrated that resisted sled sprints and sled pushes may enhance the acceleration and maximum velocity of athletes; however, the optimal prescription of these types of training have yet to be established, particularly when prescribed within a concurrent team sport training programme. Applicants with other research ideas that seek to investigate the enhancement of acceleration and maximum velocity are also encouraged.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

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Outline

The use of evidence, in all its forms, in healthcare practice; the part evidence plays in clinical reasoning and knowledge; practitioners’ beliefs about evidence and the strength of different forms of evidence; factors that influence these beliefs.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

What are the mental health effects of exercise and how are they perceived by the individual?

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

The research will investigate the impact of chronic wounds on a person's quality of life using qualitative methodology. Analysis will identify any themes that are specific to this patient group. This will allow for a specific QoL tool to be devised, tested and validated.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

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Outline

Guidance for the treatment of depression in young people recommended that qualitative research examined the experiences in the care pathway of children and young people and their families (and perhaps professionals) in order to inform decisions about what the most appropriate care pathway should be (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, 2005). The research is likely therefore to use a qualitative method. The focus could be on a particular group of people or type of mental illness, such as depression or anxiety.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

No supervisors found

How to apply

Outline

To examine the ways in which prison impacts upon family. Proposals examining the ways long-term imprisonment impacts upon family members, in particular adult siblings would be welcome. Narratives written or verbal.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

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Outline

Restoring occupational balance after caring responsibilities have ended thorough bereavement.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

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Outline

Quantitative or review-based studies in areas of gait analysis, focused around neurological patients.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

No supervisors found

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Outline

Studies suggest that a major reason people cite not participating in routine exercise is a perceived lack of time. The popularity of short HIIT training protocols has been on the rise in recent years, and there is evidence to suggest that greater health/fitness adaptation can be gained from this form of training as opposed to traditional endurance exercise. Proposals around this emerging field would be welcomed.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

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Outline

More specifically around the complications of diabetes, exploring impact upon quality of life. Looking at the impact this has upon care and management decision making.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

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Outline

Patients and their families often have difficulty in understanding health-related information provided to them by health professionals. In this programme of work we aim to improve communication, patient education and the provision of health related information to patients and their families using innovative technology. Students will gain experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

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Outline

People who use mental health services often have co-occurring substance use problems. However, mental health staff are not necessarily equipped to be able to manage this. This has lead to issues around clinical safety (management of intoxication; overdose) as well as other issues such as violence, exacerbation of mental health issues.
Studies could examine lived experience of substance use in mental health care; staff responses to substance use (therapeutic v punitive); staff attitudes to substance use; development of interventions to improve safety and decision-making in mental health nursing. However, this list is not meant to be restrictive.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

No supervisors found

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Outline

This study will look at the variables for optimising treatment outcomes and seek to understand how laser therapy may be applied to treat fungal nail infestation.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

No supervisors found

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Outline

Exploring how to make learning anatomy and physiology fun! For example, by creating animations of body structures for use in lectures and by the students as a reusable learning aid, then later to add them together to create a human body game.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

I am currently in the process of completing my PhD and would welcome research supervision opportunities by Master’s degree applications in the areas of manual therapy and sports rehabilitation and simulation.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

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Outline

There is widespread agreement that mentoring is associated with a wide range of positive outcomes for mentees and protégés. The study of mentoring and its prevalence in community, institutional and organisational contexts is widespread; research has mainly progressed within disciplinary and professional silos. I would welcome cross-disciplinary proposals in this field and proposals that are concerned with measuring impact, especially with professional groups.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

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Outline

In an ageing population the maintenance of cognitive function is crucial to facilitate the continuation of daily activity and tasks in later life. There is growing evidence that nutritional strategies can attenuate cognitive decline typically seen in later life. Robust research is required to provide clear nutritional recommendations and investigate new strategies.

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

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Outline

Within many sports the turnaround between bouts of competition is often short (I.e. soccer, tennis, tournament play), therefore the quick recovery of the athlete is vitally important. Nutrition can play a integral role in this process and there are a wide range of strategies available but with limited evidence. Research is required to provide evidence based guidance to athletes and nutrition practitioners on effective strategies to accelerate recovery from exercise bouts.

Funding

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Outline

To investigate the psychosocial aspects of PART. To identify the legal and ethical issues relating to PART.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

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Supervisors

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Outline

The project should involve a novel application of advanced statistical analysis applied to a large and/or complex data set from an experimental or observational health or biomedical study. Data collection need not form part of the project if an appropriate data set may be identified.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

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Outline

This is a very general topic area covering a number of potential avenues of research. The term ergogenic aids could refer to nutritional interventions that enhance recovery following exercise, or improve exercise tolerance and performance. The term could also refer to interventions such as the use of cold water immersion or warm-up strategies to accelerate recovery or augment subsequent performance. The precise exercise stimuli can be varied, with all sports considered.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

Supervisors

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Outline

Running shoes vary in style shape and support which by definition will redistribute pressure in the foot. How does the pressure differ in different types of running shoes and how does this compare to normal shoes?

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

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Outline

This research project will focus on improving load carriage performance for military and/or emergency service personnel. Specific research questions are open for discussion between supervisor and PhD student. Areas of interest include investigating the effect of High-Intensity Interval Training on load carriage performance and the ventilatory system and investigating the effects of load carriage training and resistance training on load carriage biomechanics and energy expenditure.

Funding

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Outline

Contemporary soccer fixture schedules may expose players to 40-60 matches a season. This increases risk of injury, and potentially impacts performance (physical, technical and tactical). More research is required in this area, including ways to help improve recovery during congested schedules.

Funding

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Outline

Previous research on the mechanics and energetics of load carriage has shown individual variation in walking gait kinematics and energy expenditure when different methods of load carriage are compared. This research project will focus on identifying the magnitude and determinants of this variability.

Funding

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Outline

Surgical site infection (SSI) continues to be a common and expensive complication of health care worldwide. In some countries the prevalence of MRSA bacteraemia and Clostridium difficile infections have fallen, following implementation of national guidelines, targets and root cause analysis. However, the corresponding incidence of SSIs has not fallen, and there are issues with varying definitions, comprehensiveness of surveillance and lack of compliance with evidence-based recommendations. This project will address these issues in two phases over a three-year period:
Phase 1 will consist of a questionnaire study to establish locally recorded incidence of SSI after elective femoro-popliteal bypass surgery, cancer colorectal surgery, hip and knee prosthetic surgery and Caesarean section by infection prevention and control teams in acute NHS Trusts in England. Definitions of SSI, and which care bundles and surveillance methods are being used will also be determined. An optimised care bundle and method of surveillance will be identified for use in Phase 2.

Phase 2 will be conducted in a single or multiple NHS Trusts, comprising a prospective observational study of patients undergoing specified groups of surgery undertaken over two consecutive 6-month periods. This will compare and evaluate SSI incidence and compliance with both the initial care bundle and the agreed care bundle; applying the results from Phase 1, including individual elements of the care bundles and in totality.

Funding

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Outline

Walking football and netball are popular sports/activities among older adults. However, there is a limited amount of research on the health benefits of taking part in these activities. Therefore, there is scope to conduct research projects assessing the physical and mental health benefits of participation, in otherwise healthy older adults, as well as those with clinical conditions such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Funding

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Outline

Much research has been performed investigating various juices and DOMS with varying results. Some of this may be due to variations in protocols used and as such the production of a valid, standardised protocol would be beneficial to future research.

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

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Supervisors

How to apply

Applications are welcome for a diverse range of specialist topics and areas of expertise. We would especially welcome applications for topics in which the proposed research is in line with the research priorities of the School of Human and Health Sciences.

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