The effects of altered menstrual cycle status on cardiovascular health PhD

Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
Entry requirements:
3 years
not available
Reference number:
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
01 July 2018



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Project detail

During their reproductive years, women are at lower risk of heart disease than men. This protection has largely been attributed to the protective actions of oestrogen, the dominant female sex hormone. During menopause, women become oestrogen deficient. This loss of oestrogen is associated with increased risk of heart disease. However, oestrogen deficiency is not exclusive to postmenopausal women; it is also observed in some premenopausal women.

Altered menstrual status leads to greatly reduced oestrogen levels and is commonly observed in physically active women in association with high levels of exercise training and insufficient dietary intake. This project aims to further the understanding of the influence of reduced oestrogen levels on cardiovascular disease risk, particularly as it relates to heart structure and function, in physically active women with altered menstrual status.

Working as part of a collaborative and inter-disciplinary team, the successful candidate will oversee all aspects of the research project, and will receive training in non-invasive procedures to assess vascular and cardiac function to address the research question.

The School of Sport Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS) will provide an excellent environment in which to develop your research career. The National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM) provides a world-class research facility with the ability to conduct high-quality scientific research and to translate research findings into evidence-based interventions to improve the health and wellbeing of the nation.


Primary supervisor: Dr Emma O'Donnell

Find out more

For further project details email Dr Emma O'Donnell 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 sports science, exercise science or exercise physiology.

A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: vascular assessments, such as applanation tonometry, strain-gauge plethysmography, laser Doppler flowmetry and/or Doppler ultrasound.

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/EO