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As part of our ongoing investment in research, we offer a number of funded studentships throughout the year.

We update these regularly, so if there isn't one at the moment, please check back shortly. You may also want to explore the new doctoral loan scheme.

How to apply

Please note you need to apply for your course in parallel with your studentship application. You should also ensure you mention the studentship you are interested in when you submit your application.

Browse our available studentships below

  • Leicester City Football Club

Studentship Applying data analytics in an elite football environment
Sponsor Leicester City Football Club & Middlesex University
Qualification type MPhil/PhD
Location LCFC Training Ground (Park Hill, LE12 7NG)
Eligibility UK/EU students 
Application deadline Wednesday 27 January 2021 | 5.00pm
Interviews to be held w/c Monday 1 February 2021
Grant £18,500 tax free bursary and tuition fee waiver (up to £4,700 per year) per annum
Start date February 2021 
Period Three years from the start date
Academic Dr Nimai Parmar
Professor Nic James

About the studentship

In collaboration with Leicester City Football Club, we are offering an exciting PhD studentship opportunity around the use and application of data analytics within an elite football environment. You will be embedded within the Leicester City First Team under the direction of academic experts from Middlesex University and in conjunction with the Head of Football Analytics at the club.

Applicant requirements

  • Inquisitive and willing to investigate objective sport performance data, holding the ability to use statistical methods in order to question subjective opinions and generate insights that aid in the analysis of performance
  • Good communicator who can translate difficult statistical concepts into simple concrete football examples
  • Undergraduate profile of minimum 2:1 in a Sports Science, Performance Analysis, Computer/Data Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Economics or other STEM degree (including Psychology or other courses with strong statistical training)
  • An appropriate master's degree relevant to the studentship opportunity (i.e. Data/Computer Science, Sports Science, Sports Performance Analysis, Engineering, Mathematics or other STEM) is desirable. Where the applicant has no MSc degree they may be considered if they have a relevant undergraduate degree and have a track record of good quality public work or industry experience
  • Due to the nature of professional football, the student should ideally be based within easy commuting distance of LCFC Training Ground (Park Hill, LE12 7NG) and be expected to be at the club 3 days a week and weekends as needed (this will be flexible in line with government advice)
  • Students must attend and complete PhD supervisory sessions and training as appropriate. As the Middlesex University campus is based in London, the club are happy to discuss best options with regards to travel arrangements.

How to apply

Your application should consist of:

  1. CV
  2. A statement letter which will address the following questions (up to 2 pages for part a and 1 page (combined) for part b & c):
    1. An outline of which key performance indicators (that can be derived from football event data) you would use to assess team performance, why you would select those specific KPIs and the context in which you might use different KPI
    2. Evidence your experience with data analysis, detailing the use of different packages whilst explicitly stating methods used. Justification for why the particular approach was used to answer a specific question should be given
    3. When considering objective performance data, what areas are you most excited about investigating? Detail an approach which would generate new insights for football performance.

Please email your application by Wednesday 27 January 2021 by 5.00pm

Applicants can discuss their application with Dr Nimai Parmar.

  • Osteosarcoma and the mechanisms of metastasis

Studentship Delineating the metastatic process in osteosarcoma; the role of bone cells, the cell environment and autophagy
Sponsor Hannah's Willberry Wonder Pony
Qualification type PhD
Location Hendon campus, London 
Eligibility UK/EU students 
Application deadline Ongoing
Interview date TBC
Grant Funding of £15,285 plus £2,000 London weighting allowance (2020/21 UKRI stipend rate)
Start date Monday 1 March 2021 
Academic Dr Helen Roberts (Middlesex University)
Dr Scott Roberts (Royal Veterinary College)

About the project

For the past 30 years, survival rates in osteosarcoma (OS) patients have remained unchanged, partly due to the lack of knowledge on the mechanisms of metastasis. Preclinical and clinical evidence highlight that OS tumours may reside in the bone environment due to interactions with bone cell populations.

This project will investigate the role of osteosarcoma associated autophagy and the bone microenvironment in tumour metastasis and will confirm findings using a tissue engineered osteosarcoma model.

You will be trained in cellular and molecular techniques including the creation of tissue engineered models of tumour metastasis, immunofluorescence, PCR and RNA sequencing.

You'll be based in the Centre for Investigative and Diagnostic Oncology within the Faculty of Science and Technology at Middlesex University. This department focuses on a range of oncology-associated research including epigenetics, biomaterials, bioengineering, stem cell biology, nanoparticles, immuno-oncology and chemoresistance.

The project will be carried out in close collaboration with the research group of the co-supervisor, Dr Scott Roberts.

Applicant requirements


  • An undergraduate degree (1st or 2:1) in molecular biology/cell biology (or related discipline)
  • Experience of undertaking a research project
  • A high level of motivation, with the ability to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • An academic record of excellence with good writing and communication skills
  • Meet the English language requirements of IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills).


  • An MSc or MRes in molecular biology, tissue engineering or related discipline
  • A strong background in cancer and/or musculoskeletal biology
  • Experience in molecular biology and/or mammalian cell culture techniques
  • Authorship on scientific publications.

How to apply

To apply, please provide a CV and personal statement to demonstrate why you are interested in this PhD position.

Please note you need to apply for your course in parallel with your studentship application. You should also ensure you mention the studentship you are interested in when you submit your application.

Please email Dr Helen Roberts for further enquiries and to apply.

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