Power measurement in cycling PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
3 years
not available
Reference number:
Start date:
01 January 2019
Is funding available?
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
01 October 2018



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Project detail

Power has become part of the language of cycle sport. It is now the principle method for prescribing and evaluating training, analysing performance and determining fitness, and is increasingly the main variable discussed in scrutinising performance and the effectiveness (or otherwise) of a variety of training and performance interventions. The growing interest in power measurement for training prescription, performance evaluation, health and fitness monitoring, scientific research, and online virtual cycling is leading to an increasing awareness of the importance of instrument accuracy. A range of different products are available that measure force and/or torque at different points along the drive train and manufacturers make powerful claims for the accuracy of their products. However, no accepted international standards for calibration, accuracy and stability of these devices currently exist. The benefits of different approaches for determining power remain to be fully established, as does the efficacy of indoor cycle trainers for replicating actual cycling.

This research project is sponsored by Wattbike, a leading manufacturer of premium bicycle ergometers, and will be carried out within the Sports Technology Institute at Loughborough University, as well as within the laboratories of the company. 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. Loughborough is currently ranked first in the world for sports-related subjects in the QS World Rankings by Subject 2018 and the activities of the Sports Technology group have contributed to this achievement.


Primary supervisor: Dr Jon Roberts

Secondary supervisor: Dr Aimee Mears

Find out more

For further project details email Dr Jon Roberts.

Find out more about the Sports Technology Institue on our website.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a relevant discipline such as engineering, mathematics or a physical science. A relevant master’s degree and/or experience in a relevant subject would be desirable.

The successful candidate will combine a passion for sport with strong technical and experimental skills. They will need to be capable of working independently, as well as communicating effectively with collaborators.

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

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.

This is a funded Wattbike university research project. The studentship provides a tax-free stipend of £14,777 per annum for a period of 3 years plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.

While we welcome applications from non-EU nationals, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available.

How to apply

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

Please quote reference number: JRWB2018

Application details

Reference number:  JRWB2018
Start date: 01 October 2018
Application deadline: 05 August 2018