Investigating the Acceptability in Cervical Cancer of an Exercise-based Programme delivered Through an Online Community Environment PhD

Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
Entry requirements:
3 years
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Application deadline:
01 July 2018



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Project detail

The aim of this research is to test the effectiveness of a peer group support physical activity programme for young women who have completed treatment for cervical cancer. The programme will be assessed using survey data, physical activity measures and qualitative interviews.

Women with cervical cancer are unique because most are young (<40) and treatment can lead to infertility, early menopause, incontinence and pelvic pain. This can result in severe psychological distress, bladder/bowel/pain symptoms that limit activity and the anxiety of possible cancer recurrence. Physical activity is effective in reducing distress and improving wellbeing, however, cervical cancer survivors tend not to take part in physical activity because of pain/incontinence and confidence issues.

The student will be working in partnership with the oncology team at Leicester General Hospital and with academic supervisors at Loughborough University. Travel between the two sites will be required.


Primary supervisor: Dr Hilary McDermott

Secondary supervisor: Dr Fehmidah Munir

Find out more

For further project details email Dr Hilary McDermott 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 or a health-related subject.

A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: health psychology, sport and exercise psychology, public health.

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/HM