Traumatic brain injury in sport PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
3 years
6 years
Reference number:
Start date:
01 July 2018, 01 October 2018, 01 January 2019 or April 2019
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
22 April 2019



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In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career. 

Project detail

Many of the worlds sports governing bodies are actively pursuing research to better understand and reduce the risk of single or multiple traumatic brain injuries resulting in immediate or future impairment. Loughborough University’s Sports Technology Institute is working with key industry partners to conduct world leading research to improve personal protective equipment, international testing standards and injury event simulation for particular sports and beyond. This PhD offers the opportunity for a motivated individual, perhaps with their own enthusiasm for sport, to make a career launching contribution in this important field.


Primary supervisor: Prof. Andy Harland

Secondary supervisor: Dr. Sean R. Mitchell

Find out more

For further project details email Prof. Andy Harland or register your interest and ask us a question.

The work is currently supported by the ECB sport science and medicine team, the FIH and the UK Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology:

Additional funding is being sought from EPSRC.

The work complements previous and current work by Tom Payne, Jon Farmer and Ben Stone:

To find out more about the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, please visit our website.

Please visit our website for more infomation about funding your PhD.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Sports Technology or a related subject.

A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Engineering Design; Biomedical Engineering; Biomechanics; or similar.

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 Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Please quote reference number: AHUF2018