How do physical activity, nutrition and sleep impact cancer survivors’ wellbeing? PhD

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



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Project detail

This PhD project will examine the interaction between sleep, nutrition and physical activity among cancer survivors. Sleep, nutrition and physical activity after cancer is associated with many health benefits including reduced symptoms of treatment side effects and reduced risk of cancer recurrence. Whilst much is known about these factors in older adults, less is known in those aged 18-55 years who are often still working and/or managing families. The project will take a longitudinal approach using mixed methods to explore the interpersonal, social environmental and physical environmental determinants that may impact sleep, nutrition and physical activity. There is opportunity to shape this project to the applicant’s interest and to undertake this either full-time or part-time.


Primary supervisors - Dr Fehmidah Munir

Secondary supervisors - Dr Hilary McDermott

Find out more

For further project details email Dr Fehmidah Munir 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, health sciences, sport and exercise science, nutrition, nursing or equivalent.

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

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/FM/1