Funded (UK/EU students only)

Project code



School of Sport, Health, and Exercise Science

Start dates

September 2024

Application deadline

7 June 2024

Applications are invited for a fully-funded, full-time Professional Doctorate studentship offered in collaboration between Norwich City Football Club and the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences, University of Portsmouth, anticipated to begin on 1st September 2024.

The studentship provides a stipend that is in line with that offered by Research Councils UK of £ £19,237 per annum (with 4% per annum increase) as well as a waiver of tuition fees. The successful candidate will also receive weekly applied practice supervision, full access to the University’s Graduate School Development Programme, research training, and the option to undertake internal qualifications that enable applications for Associate Fellowship of Advance HE.

Costs for student visa and immigration health surcharge are not covered by this bursary. For further guidance and advice visit our international and EU students ‘Visa FAQs’ page


Athletes and coaches encounter many challenges in the pursuit of successful development in elite sport contexts, not least in terms of sustaining their wellbeing and performance. It follows that understanding and promoting environments that enable people to thrive are vital. In this project, the successful candidate will work on placement under supervision from Norwich City Football Club and University staff to: 1) deliver psychological support and project work within the Norwich City Football Club academy structure, and; 2) use these practice and research experiences to complete the requirements for a Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology. The primary working location for the duration of the programme will be at Norwich City Football Club’s training ground and it is expected that the successful candidate will relocate to within a reasonable daily travelling distance.


Entry requirements

Students will be required to have a good undergraduate degree (2:1 or above) or a conversion course in Psychology or Sport and Exercise Psychology which confers Graduate Basis for Chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) as well as a Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology conferring the BPS Stage I qualification. Applicants nearing the end of either of these qualifications will be considered. The successful applicant will have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, will be highly self-motivated, and will have a good understanding performance sport environments and applied research methods. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.


How to apply

Informal enquiries are encouraged and can be made to Professor Chris Wagstaff ( or Dr John Iga ( 

You can apply online by submitting your CV, a 5-page research proposal, two references, copies of any relevant qualifications, and a personal statement in which you indicate your motivation for applying for the post and also outline how your experience and skill-set will contribute to the project. Please include the project code -SHES9220624 - in your research proposal.


The intended start date for this appointment is 1st September 2024. 

The closing date for applicants is 7th June 2024

We anticipate that successful candidates will be invited for interview on 21st June and a final assessment centre on 8th July 2024.