Development of a measurement system for golf swing analysis 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

Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD Studentship to research and develop a measurement system for club and golfer kinematics during the golf swing. Traditional biomechanical assessment of a golf swing has primarily focused on the golfer, whilst the motion path and deformation of the club have been less well captured. MOCAP hardware is widely established but bespoke software algorithms are required for processing, management, analysis and interpretation of the data collected. An advanced measurement system will enable club kinematics to be related to the characteristics of a golfer’s swing, enabling manufacturers to better customise equipment for the individual golfer.

This research project is sponsored by a leading golf equipment manufacturer and will be carried out within the Sports Technology Institute at Loughborough University as well as within the laboratories of the company in the USA. The Sports Technology Institute has a long history of research collaborations with global companies that have produced high quality research which has both underpinned future product development and resulted in publications in leading journals and presentations at international conferences.


Primary supervisor: Dr Jon Roberts

Secondary supervisor: Dr Steph Forrester

Find out more

For further project details email Dr Jon Roberts 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 a relevant discipline such as engineering, computer science, maths or a physical science. Some programming experience is essential; knowledge of biomechanics is desirable but not a requirement. 

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; job advert ref: WS01 – WS30

If awarded, the 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: WS16

Application details

Reference number:  WS16
Start date: 01 October 2018
Application deadline: 09 March 2018