Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information

PhD Studentship in Sport Psychology

Applications are invited for a three year, full time PhD studentship funded by the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr James Hardy (co-supervised by Dr Ross Roberts and Prof Tim Woodman) from the Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance (IPEP). 

The successful candidate will be investigating the impact of the psychology of groups/teams. More specifically, the successful candidate’s PhD will focus on personality within the context of high performing teams. 

The studentship will cover UK/EU registration fees plus maintenance stipend of £12,000 per annum paid quarterly and £2,000 per annum paid monthly in return for a contribution to School activities of 100 hours per annum. 

Scope of Project

What are we looking for?

We are looking for a determined, motivated individual with a strong interest in personality and/or group dynamics and who enjoys working with enthusiastic critical thinkers.  In addition, the student must be able to work as part of a team but equally be comfortable working independently.  The student must be aware of the challenges of conducting research in naturalistic and laboratory settings.  

Successful applicants will normally have a Masters degree, or in exceptional cases a First Class Honours Degree, in psychology or a sport, exercise or health-related science subject, the ability to work independently with support from a supervisor, and the enthusiasm to contribute to stimulating research and practice environments. 

Why study at Bangor?

Part of the College of Health and Behavioural Sciences, the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (SHES), has been providing high-calibre undergraduate and postgraduate degrees since 1978. Our research was ranked 7th in UK according to a national assessment of research quality (REF) published in 2014 (Times Higher Education, 18 December 2014). 

The department has well-equipped physiology/psychology laboratories containing an interview room, motor control computer labs, psychophysiology lab and EEG equipment. The School is ideally situated to local amenities and overlooks the beautiful Menai Straits. 

Structure of the Programme

The period of registration for a PhD is normally three years full-time.  During the first year of study, students will normally take our MSc Research Skills module (20 credits).

The first year of registration will be provisional.  Under guidance by the supervisory committee, the student will be required to develop knowledge and understanding of personality and group dynamics literature.  Students achieve this through a combination of workshops and discussing scientific literature with other academics and peers.  They are also taught, advanced techniques for analysing data.  During the first year of registration, the student will also complete a pilot study, culminating in a research proposal.  Progression to full registration in Year Two is subject to satisfactory progress, completion of the Graduate Programme and the approval of a research proposal by their Thesis Committee and the School's Board of Studies. For the remaining two years of the studentship, the student will be required to develop the initial proposal into a completed PhD project. 


Eligibility depends on your ability to register as a home/EU student.


Please contact Dr James Hardy if you have any queries and to request further particulars:

School of Sport Health and Exercise Sciences, Bangor University, 
Tel: (+44) 01248 383493

For further details on research training in the School, look at our Guidelines and Code of Conduct for Research Training

How to apply 

If you meet the criteria outlined above, and you wish to apply for the studentship, you should send a CV and covering letter plus two references. A two-page research proposal is also expected and should provide an overview of Introduction, Method, and Data Analysis issues. 

The cover letter should include a clear statement detailing how your qualifications, experience and research interests make you a suitable candidate for this scholarship.

The closing date for formal applications will be Friday, 23 June 2017 and short-listed applicants will be required to attend interview on Wednesday, 
5 July 2017.

Interview Process

The successful applicants will then be required to complete the University’s online application form:

Unsuccessful applications will not receive an acknowledgement.

Selection Criteria



  • First Class or Upper Second Class Honours in psychology, sport, exercise or other relevant health science degrees or possess a Masters in these subjects. 


  • BPS Stage 1 or BASES Accreditation



  • Experience of conducting relevant research projects;
  • Experience of effectively managing and analysis of data.


  • Proven track record of disseminating findings to both scientific and lay audiences; 
  • Research background in relevant area; 
  • Experience of developing research protocols and completing ethics proposals. 



  • Able to work flexibly; 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to prioritise work load and work to deadlines; 
  • Good verbal and written skills;
  • Proficient computer skills, including MS Office, PowerPoint, and statistical analysis packages;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 


  • Proven project management skills;
  • Good analytical skills, ability to analyse numerical data and present results appropriately; 
  • Any other skills/abilities relevant to the duties and responsibilities.



  • Driving licence; 
  • Able to undertake manual handling tasks.


  • Awareness of confidentiality and data protection issues;
  • Welsh language is desirable but not essential for the post.

Publication date: 16 May 2017