Investigating methods of altering children's eating behaviour PhD

Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
Entry requirements:
3 years
5 years
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Application deadline:
21 November 2018



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Project detail

Dr Clare Holley is interested in supervising PhD students investigating eating behaviours, with a particular focus on children's eating behaviours. She is also interested in the influences on children's eating behaviours, such as caregivers feeding practices. Furthermore, Clare would be happy to consider supervising research which looks at the relationships between eating behaviour and physical activity or sport.

Projects may take a quantitative or mixed methods approach, and we are interested in supporting experimental research, particularly around children’s eating behaviour. Such studies might investigate the utility of messy play, involving children in cooking nutritional knowledge education or other possible methods of improving children’s eating

Dr Clare Holley's previous research has included exploring: interventions for increasing children's vegetable consumption; which individual characteristics might influence how successful these interventions are; the factors which influence children's consumption of vegetables and children's fussiness with vegetables; and the factors which influence caregivers' feeding practices. Previous work has also evaluated free meal provisions at school holiday clubs, and what the benefits of these might be.


Primary supervisor: Dr Clare Holley

Secondary supervisor: TBC

Find out more

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

Further information about the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences can be found on our website.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Psychology, Nutrition, or a related subject.

A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Psychology, Health Psychology, Nutrition or a related subject.

All students must also 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 an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences. Please quote reference number: SSEHS/CH