Informing golf equipment construction through golfer biomechanics PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
3 years
not available
Reference number:
Start date:
01 October 2018
Is funding available?
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
09 March 2018



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Project detail

A challenge for sports equipment and sportswear companies is providing the most accurate advice for the prescription and engineering of sports equipment/sportswear to suit an individual based on their subjective, functional and performance requirements. Golfers, for example, purchase golf clubs to help improve performance, enhance the feel of a shot or reduce the risk of injury. Customisation of golf equipment or golf club-fitting is often based on performance or club/ball outcome measures, the benefits of which can be different between golfers due to their individual swing movement patterns.

Individual movement patterns, quantified using biomechanics variables and analytical techniques, have been observed in runners. As such, some running footwear companies are striving to redefine the design and prescription of running shoes based on individual movement patterns. Golfers also exhibit individualised movement patterns yet understanding how these movement patterns are influenced by golf equipment requires investigation and forms the focus of this studentship. This studentship will appeal to students interested in studying human-sport equipment interaction, with a specific focus on golf, using biomechanical methods and analytical techniques. 


Primary supervisor: Dr Aimee Mears

Secondary supervisor: Dr Jonathan Roberts

Find out more

For further project details email Dr Aimee Mears or register your interest and ask us a question.

Further information about the activities of the Sports Technology Research Group can be found online.  

Entry requirements

Applicants should have or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in engineering, sports science, computer science or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: biomechanics, computer science.

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements, details available on the website.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Please note that these studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and/or the following 30 projects that have been prioritised for funding; advert ref: WS01 – WS30

If awarded, each 3 year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £14,786 p.a (provisional), plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,262 p.a). While we welcome applications from non EU nationals, please be advised that due to funding restrictions it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th April 2018.

How to apply

All applications should be made online.  Under programme name, select  Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Please quote reference number: WS18

Application details

Reference number: WS18
Start date: 01 October 2018
Application deadline: 09 March 2018