Free open Job in Wales a mixed methods evaluation at Swansea University

Start date: October 2019


The aim of this MSc by Research study is to evaluate the ‘Learn to Run’ Health and Wellbeing exercise based intervention. ‘Learn to Run’ is a seven-week running programme that is designed to get the participant completing a 5k ‘Park Run’ within seven weeks. 

Exercise in the form of running has been proven to have numerous health benefits including;  Weight Loss & Management, Increasing Bone Density, Lowering Blood Pressure and Cholesterol, Strengthening Heart & Lungs and Disease Prevention. On top of these health benefits, there are also mental health benefits with regards to improvement in mood and depression, Empowerment and Personal Achievement, Increasing Energy and Creativity and the benefits that come from being engaged in Social Activities. 

This mixed-methods study will utilise both qualitative and quantitative techniques and will involve scoping current services and identifying current good practice before working together with the key stakeholder to design the evaluation of the exercise intervention. The evidence of improved outcomes will be provided by the measurement tools used after the intervention is completed.  We propose the use of objective measurements to elucidate quantitative and qualitative outcomes, examples of which are:  physical measurements – e.g. weight loss, energy levels, BMI, Heart rate, blood pressure, etc. Therefore, this MSc research is expected to provide information and evidence to inform policy and practice for adults undertaking an exercise based intervention. 

Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SMEs and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 1 year funding with a 3 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 40 credit award. 


Academic requirements: 

Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in an undergraduate degree from a UK or other approved university.  

Residency criteria:

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK/EU candidates only.


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