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Doctoral opportunities

Research students are welcomed to our Centre as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. Find out more about Research Degrees in Brunel. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline.

We are particularly interested in supervising students' research in the following areas: 

  • Human performance, cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal health research.
  • Mechanisms regulating muscle blood flow during exercise and environmental stress.
  • Role of muscle mechanisms and breathing in cardiovascular control in health and disease.
  • Respiratory physiology and pathophysiology as applied to exercise, hypoxia and chronic disease states.
  • Role of the respiratory system and its mechanical and reflex cardiovascular interactions as significant contributors to oxygen transport and exercise performance limitations in healthy endurance athletes as well as in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma.
  • Dysfunctional breathing, breathing retraining and exercise in the management of dysfunctional breathing, physiotherapy management of breathing conditions.
  • Mechanisms of in vivo muscle-tendon and joint function during maturation in children, young athletes and across the lifespan.
  • Reduction of musculoskeletal loading and prevention of injuries in athletes and among people with neuromuscular or musculoskeletal pathologies.
  • Movement and coordination in children and the effects of acquired and developmental disorders in children and young adults.


Funding for doctoral studies

A number of studentships and other research funding opportunities are available at Brunel. Please see full list here: Research degree funding

Choosing your supervisor

Our researchers create knowledge and advance understanding, and equip versatile graduates with the confidence to apply what they have learnt for the benefit of society. Browse the list of the members of our Centre to select your potential supervisor here. You are welcome to approach your potential supervisor directly to discuss your research interests.

All research degrees are administered by the Postgraduate Programmes Office in Colleges. Once you have identified your area of research and a potential supervisor, please use the contact details provided here for enquiries.