Exercise, Nutrition and Health

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Awards available PhD
Programme length Four years full-time;
seven years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Start date Most students will start in September 2017, however other dates can be considered. Please contact the senior postgraduate admissions administrator to discuss the available options.

Programme overview

The School for Policy Studies links theory, policy and practice in a multidisciplinary, research-intensive environment. Our research engages with and influences national and international policy. Our team of policy experts come from a wide variety of backgrounds in social policy research, social work, sociology, history, human geography, economics, psychology, physical activity, nutrition and health sciences, based within specialist research centres.

Our research examines policy areas that affect us all in day-to-day life, influences and challenges policies implemented by governments and institutions, and investigates the issues, factors and attitudes underlying social concerns that make the headlines every day.

The school is an exciting environment for graduate studies; we welcome students from the UK and around the world to join our diverse and highly-rated research team. We particularly welcome applications on topics with direct relevance to national and international policy or social work concerns.

The school houses seven specialist research centres.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees

UK/EU
£4,185
Overseas
£15,500

Part-time fees

UK/EU
£2,093

Fees quoted are provisional, per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC scholarships. Applicants may also apply for funding from the University of Bristol scholarship fund and alumni PhD scholarship fund.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree and a pass at MSc/MA level (or equivalent experience/qualification).

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Research groups

Staff in the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences conduct research that focuses on physical activity and nutrition, and their associations with health across the lifespan. The primary areas of focus include biomedical, psychosocial, and socio-environmental aspects of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and nutrition.

Careers

The PhD in Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences establishes a sound research training base and provides practical experience, meaning our students are prepared for different types of employment, including research, policy and intervention implementation. 

Many of our students have continued with academic careers, either as post-doctoral researchers or as research associates in UK and international universities. Other students have been successful in a range of careers, including government policy and health promotion at a local, national and international level.

Staff profiles

Professor Ashley Cooper, (Professor), Active travel; children' s health and fitness; environment and physical activity; measurement of physical activity; Type 2 diabetes

Dr Anne Haase, (Senior Lecturer), Body image, self-presentation, eating disorders and obesity; physical activity and mental health; psychology and intergenerational transmission of health behaviours; theory-based behaviour change interventions.

Professor Russ Jago, (Professor), Determinants of physical activity and eating behaviour; measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour; physical activity and obesity interventions in youth.

Dr Laura Johnson, (Lecturer), Child and adult cohorts; measurement of diet; nutritional epidemiology; the role of overall dietary and eating patterns in the prevention and treatment of obesity, diabetes and coronary heart disease, and understanding the factors that influence food intake and appetite control.

Dr Angie Page, (Reader), Childhood obesity; clustering of health behaviours; developmental aspects of eating and exercise behaviour; exercise and self-esteem; measurement of physical activity.

Dr Angeliki Papadaki, (Lecturer), Dietary habits and socio-economic and psychological factors; intervention studies promoting the Mediterranean diet and its components; modern-technology nutrition intervention studies; primary nutrition interventions in work settings; students' dietary habits and health; the effect of the economic recession on health status and dietary behaviour.

Dr Simon Sebire, (Senior Lecturer), Psychological factors that influence the physical activity and health behaviours of children, adolescents and adults; the development and evaluation of health behaviour intervention strategies.

How to apply
Application deadline:

We welcome applications at any time of year; early application is advised. The deadline for funded applications will be mid-February 2017 (the ESRC and University of Bristol funding application deadline is still to be confirmed).

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.

Joyce

REF 2014 results

  • 58% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 42% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 0% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 0% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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Get in touch

Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 954 6785 Email: sps-pgadmissions@bristol.ac.uk

School for Policy Studies
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