PhD Scholarship: The effects of exercise in people with Parkinson’s Disease (to start September 2017)


School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Chatham Maritime
Closing date: 
03 March 2017
Dr Steve Meadows and Dr Glen Davison

It is well established that exercise has benefits in the prevention or management of a variety of conditions. There is a growing body of evidence that this includes potential benefits in those with Parkinson’s Disease. Physical activity improves fitness and functional capacity and induces neurobiological adaptations (including improved cognitive function). However, there is limited work on older people and very little work in Parkinson’s Disease. Therefore, the aims of this PhD are to determine the effects of exercise on cognitive and physical function in people with Parkinson’s Disease.


The successful candidate should have an interest in exercise physiology, and a keen interest in exercise and health, ageing and disease conditions. Applicants should have a good Honours degree (at least 2.1 or equivalent) in an appropriate subject (e.g. Sports Science, Exercise Science, Health Science, Physiology, Human Biology, or another related discipline. Note: this is not an exhaustive list).  An MSc in a relevant subject is desirable, but not essential. More specific details about the project can be obtained by e-mailing Dr. Steve Meadows or Dr. Glen Davison at and   

Funding Details

The School of Sport & Exercise Sciences is offering one Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA).  Students engaged as Graduate Teaching Assistants hold a unique position in the University; they are both registered students in receipt of a scholarship award and employees of the University.

The GTA will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus a combined maintenance grant and salary equivalent to the maintenance grant offered by the UK Research Councils of £14,296 in 2016-17.

The GTA will be offered for one year in the first instance, and extended to a maximum of three years in total subject to satisfactory academic performance at the end of the first year.

How to Apply

Applications to the University of Kent should be completed on-line at:

Along with their online application candidates are required to submit a 1500-word research proposal outlining your ideas on the possible direction of research studies.

Applicants should also send a CV and covering letter to: Ruth Brown, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Kent at Medway, The Medway Building, Chatham Maritime, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4AG.  A hard copy of these can be sent by mail or an electronic copy can be sent to:

The closing date for applications is the 3rd March 2017 with interviews to be held during the week commencing 20th March 2017.

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