Durham University PhD Studentship in Movement Through Menopause

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Durham, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 24 Apr 2020

The Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences are inviting applications from high calibre individuals to undertake a 3-year fully funded PhD on the topic of women’s experiences of movement (e.g. sport, physical activity, mindful movement forms) during the menopause. The successful candidate will undertake a PhD program based within the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences under the academic supervision of Dr Cassandra Phoenix, Associate Professor in Physical Activity and Health (Department of Sport & Exercise Sciences) and Professor Jane Macnaughton (Department of Anthropology), Director of the Institute for Medical Humanities, and is also a clinician working in women’s health.

Funding: Subject to eligibility, the scholarship covers UK / EU tuition fees and a grant towards living expenses of £15,009 per annum, for three years. Successful applicants will have access to a Research Training Support Grant.

Hours: Full time

Starts: 1st Oct 2020

The Project

This PhD research will examine women’s experiences of the menopause from a socio-cultural perspective, with a particular focus on the role of movement through this transitionary period. The term ‘movement’ is used here to include a range of embodied practices such as formalised sport or exercise, everyday active mobilities, mindful movement (e.g. yoga, t’ai chi), along with physically demanding work. The student will collaborate closely with community groups and where appropriate larger organisations, to both develop new skills and ensure the research has lasting impact. We are looking for someone who is passionate and genuinely committed to undertaking doctoral level research that will advance knowledge of how movement is experienced through menopause in ways that can maximise womens wellbeing as they age.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Honours degree in sport and exercise sciences (or equivalent), health anthropology, human geography, or public health (min 2.1).
  • Experience of conducting qualitative research ideally specialising in the social sciences of physical activity.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Masters degree in sport and exercise sciences (or equivalent), health anthropology, human geography, or public health.

How to apply

Applications should be made via the Durham University online application system: https://www.dur.ac.uk/study/pg/apply/  quoting program code B6A101

Please state on your application under the section on Finance and Funding which scholarship you are applying for – please state ‘Movement through Menopause’.

Selection will be based on application documents and interview.

Supporting Documents:

1) A 3-page (maximum) proposal for a study on movement through menopause. This should include (i) A short section on why you are interested in conducting research in this area, (ii) A longer research proposal (i.e. what you would be interested in doing). This part of the proposal should include a brief review of relevant literature, a rationale for why this work is needed, aims, study design, and expected outcomes of the project. You may include figures, diagrams, or tables to illustrate any aspects of study if you feel it is helpful.
2) An example of previously written work (e.g. Dissertation / Written coursework, Published Paper, Report).
3) Evidence of previous study – Transcripts and Certificates.
4) Letters of References – from two academic sources.
5) CV (no more than 2 pages).
6) For candidates where English is not their first language, we require English Language Evidence – please refer to following web page for details of accepted evidence https://www.dur.ac.uk/learningandteaching.handbook/1/3/3/3/

Enquiries regarding the application process should be forwarded to ses.researchadmin@durham.ac.uk .

Closing Date: 24th April 2020, 17.00 (GMT)

Interview Date: 21st May 2020 at Durham University.

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