PhD studentship in preschool physical activity interventions

The College of Life and Natural Sciences has an opportunity for a full-time postgraduate teaching assistantship in Sport, Outdoor and Exercise Science.

PhD title: Physical activity interventions to support increased physical activity, balance and improved stability with the use of fundamental movement skills in preschool children.

Qualification type:



Derby, UK

Funding amount:

£15,009 stipend pa + UK home tuition fees for 3 years


Full time


Monday 12 August 2019


Thursday 22 August 2019

Start date:

September intake

Future interventions are required to improve the moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) levels in preschool children, both in preschool settings and at home, while decreasing sedentary behaviour.

It would be of benefit to use both objective measures and qualitative methods, to assess physical activity levels and fundamental movement skills (FMS) competency of the preschool children. Interventions introducing meaningful FMS sessions that focus on skills which children are weaker at are also imperative.

Training parents and staff to improve the FMS competency of the preschool children, with the aim of increasing their physical activity levels, would support one of the pillars of the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework.

The successful applicant will receive a stipend of £15,009 per annum for three years. The post also covers home/EU PhD tuition fees for four years. Please note, if your application is successful and you are assessed as an overseas student for fees purposes, you will need to pay the difference between the home/EU fees and the overseas fees.

The intended start date is September 2019 or the next available intake.

The successful applicant will be expected to complete their PhD within three years on the traditional route PhD, contribute to the college REF (Research Excellence Framework) submission and get involved in the wider research activities of the college.

Applicants will become part of a friendly and welcoming team and will be supported and managed by his or her supervisors.

The vacancy details are as follows:

To apply

For general information on how to apply and required documentation go to

Completed applications should be submitting via our Online Application system at  quoting funding reference LNS_Physical Intervention_PGTA_0819

For any subject–specific enquiries, please contact: Dr Clare Roscoe at 

Closing dates for applications: Monday 12 August 2019.

Interviews: Thursday 22 August 2019.

If you have not been invited for interview by the interview date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.