On Understanding the Links between Coach Leadership and Coach-Athlete Relationship PhD

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



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Project detail

Additional systematic research is needed in understanding the links between coach leadership and coach-athlete relationship. This research has theoretical, empirical, and practical significance. It is still unclear: (a) how and why athletes perform at various levels of performance for different coaches, or how and why coaches’ behaviours produce superior athletic performance, and (b) what are the specific actions or behaviours of coaches that nurture a positive and trusting relationship with their athletes, or what do coaches do to facilitate good quality relationships with each athlete? The answers to these questions are important because they can unveil the processes between coach behaviours and athlete outcomes (e.g., performance, satisfaction, motivation, confidence), and provide an explanation about the ways in which coaches establish and develop varied relationship qualities with different athletes. The proposed research will aim to bring together leadership and relationship literatures in an endeavour to generate theoretically-driven and empirically-based knowledge and understanding that will, in turn, help provide rigorous and comprehensive guidelines for effective coaching practice.


Primary supervisor: Professor Sophia Jowett

Find out more

For further project details email Professor Sophia Jowett 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 sport science (with a strong psychology element) or other relevant area. MSc degree is desirable but not essential. An interest in quantitative research is preferred.

A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage:

  • Sport Psychology
  • Coaching
  • Business

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/SJ