Exercise, Nutrition and HealthFind a programme
|Run by||Faculty of Social Sciences and Law|
Four years full-time;
seven years part-time
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||Yes|
|Start date||Most students will start in September 2018, however other dates can be considered. Please contact the senior postgraduate admissions administrator to discuss the options available.|
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 the 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 2018/19
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2018/19 are as follows:
- UK/EU: full-time
- UK/EU: part-time
- Overseas: full-time
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
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 2018/19
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.
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.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
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.
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.
Dr Miranda Armstrong, (Lecturer), adult cohorts; associations between physical activity and body size with disease outcomes such as coronary heart disease, stroke, bone health; big data; health record linkage; physical activity epidemiology; physical activity 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.
We welcome applications at any time of year; early application is advised. The deadline for funded applications will be mid-February 2018 (the exact ESRC and University of Bristol funding application deadline is still to be confirmed).
Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.
REF 2014 results
- 58% of research is world-leading (4 star)
- 42% of research is internationally excellent (3 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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