Studentship - An integrated evaluation of load management and periodization of training in elite women’s football

  • University of the West of Scotland
  • 2nd November 2020

Employer: University of the West of Scotland
Bursary: £15,000
Contract Type: Full time

Package Description:

To complete a PhD in applied sport and exercise science at The University of the West of Scotland, researching into the science of elite women’s football. In addition to the completion of the academic requirements for this higher education award, the successful candidate will also gain invaluable experience of applied sports science by being embedded within the Celtic Women’s first-team structure and working closely with the first-team coaching staff.

This position provides a unique opportunity for the successful candidate to complete a higher degree related to the science of elite women’s football. The combination of completing research in an elite footballing environment and working within a first-team set-up will be an invaluable process for any practitioner. This position is aimed at providing the successful candidate an opportunity to become a research practitioner.

The studentship is funded by Celtic FC, and is a three-year full time position commencing 1st February 2021. The funding will cover university fees and a PhD stipend of £15,000 per annum.

General Information: The student will register initially for the award of MPhil and will be expected to transfer to PhD registration within 12-15 months (subject to satisfactory progress and approval of the transfer report).

Research Topic:
The following title is indicative of the research area of the PhD studentship. But, there will be scope to modify the topic within this broad area in relation to the specific demands of the first team. “An integrated evaluation of load management and periodization of training in elite women’s football “

The Role
Key Responsibilities:
• Complete an appropriate programme of study to train for a PhD in sport and exercise science
• Contribute to teaching and research activities within UWS outside of the individuals own PhD process
Candidate Profile:

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Attributes:
• Essential
o BSc (Hons) Degree in sport and exercise science (or equivalent) (minimum 2:1)
o MSc Degree in sport sciences/strength & conditioning
o Experience working within a professional/ semi-professional sports environment
o Knowledge of the physiological demands of football
o Knowledge of long-term athlete development models and athletic development
o Demonstrate the ability to create and sustain positive working relationships with all key stakeholders
o An organised and energetic personality with a passion for football
o Excellent communication skills to engage/motivate female players
o Positive attitude to an ever-changing, fast and dynamic environment
o Full UK driving license
o Able to be flexible with their working week to cope with demands of evening and weekend work
• Desirable
o Accredited/Certified strength and conditioning coach (or working towards) e.g. UKSCA, CSCS
o Football/other sports coaching qualifications

Application Process: Please send a 2-page CV and cover letter addressed to Professor Vish Unnithan (Professor of Sports Science) to the following email address ( by the closing date of Monday 2nd November 2020.

Informal enquiries should be submitted to Professor Vish Unnithan at UWS ( by Friday 30th October 2020.


BASES stands for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. BASES is the professional body for sport and exercise sciences in the UK.



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