Physical Activity Calorie Equivalent Labelling PhD

Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
Entry requirements:
3 years
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Reference number:
Start date:
01 January 2019
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UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
28 October 2018



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Applications are invited for a PhD studentship funded by Loughborough University to start January 2019.  The project will be based in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University.

Project detail

More than two thirds of the population are either overweight or obese.  We urgently need innovative strategies to change lifestyle behaviour at the population level.  There is little evidence that front-of-pack information on food is having any impact on positively changing consumers behaviours.  This may be due to, at least in part, to the notion that calories (Kcal) are too abstract a concept for the public to comprehend when trying to calculate their energy intake and consumption decisions.  More visible, simple and tangible forms of front of pack labelling might be more useful in encouraging healthier food choices.

An alternative approach to current nutritional labelling, particularly for high calorie/energy dense foods, is providing front-of- pack calorie information with a clear interpretation of what the calorie content of the item means in terms of energy expenditure.  This is known as physical activity equivalent calorie labelling (PACE), which aims to show people how many minutes of physical activity (e.g. walking or running) are equivalent to the calories in the item.  PACE labels could be a promising focus for public health policy.

This PhD will focus on conducting studies that investigate the views of the public about PACE labelling and testing its efficacy in altering food choice/selection in the public. 


Primary supervisor: Professor Amanda Daley

Secondary supervisors: Professor Mark Hamer and Dr Oonagh Markey

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General information about the school can be found here. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally need to hold, or expect to gain:

  • at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in disciplines related to: health psychology, exercise science, nutrition or health science.  
  • candidates should also hold a relevant Master’s degree in the aforementioned areas.

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.

The studentship is for three years and is valued at £14,777 p.a. plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. 

This studentship is only open to applicants eligible with a UK/EU fee status.

How to apply


All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select: Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.

Please include a personal statement (one page maximum) detailing how your qualifications, experience and research interests make you a suitable candidate for this PhD.

Please quote reference number: SSEHS/AD


Application details

Reference number: SSEHS/AD
Application deadline: 28 October 2018
Start date: 01 January 2019
Interview date: 06 November 2018