Human Movement and Biomechanics PhD scholarship

Human Movement and Biomechanics PhD scholarship

School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Funding is available for a PhD studentship in the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, under the supervision of Dr Jake Bowd. Dr Jake Bowd has research interests in human movement pre- and post-orthopaedic surgery, wearable technology, human movement analysis, and more recently in breathing pattern disorders. Biomechanical analysis can be used to contribute knowledge and understanding in sporting, exercise, and health disciplines. The successful candidate will outline a project that is closely aligned with one of the aforementioned areas of interest.  


The successful PhD candidate will require the necessary academic skills to successfully undertake and manage research. Whilst there will be strong leadership, support and supervision from the supervisory team, student independent work and using own initiative is a required skill. The successful scholarship candidate will have a keen interest in human movement biomechanics.  

Applicants are required to have a good Honours degree (at least 2.1 or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, such as: Sport Science, Biomedicine, Health Science, Biomedical Engineering). A Masters in a relevant subject is desirable, but not essential.

Funding Details

The School of Sport & Exercise Sciences is offering one PhD Scholarship. The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus a maintenance grant equivalent to the maintenance grant offered by the UK Research Councils (£18,622 for 2023/24). 

The PhD 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, by clicking the ‘Apply’ button, abpve.

As part of this application please provide a 1,500-word research proposal outlining a potential first study that you could undertake to work towards the PhD aims. 


The closing date for applications is the 23rd July 2023 with interviews likely to be held during the week commencing 14th August 2023 (TBC). 

More specific details about the project can be obtained by emailing Dr Jake Bowd ([email protected] ).  

Further details about the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is a leading department for the study of sport that is friendly, dynamic and innovative. We are an ambitious academic department, and our aim is to establish the University of Kent as a premier institution for Sport and Exercise in teaching and research. The School is now on the Canterbury Campus (since September 2021, having been based in Medway before this).  The School boasts a range of cutting-edge equipment used in research and/or teaching activities, as well as close proximity to the main university sport and recreation facilities. 

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