Closing date: 19 July 2019

Start date: October 2019

*This scholarships is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.*

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.

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Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

Applicants are strongly advised to contact Mr Craig Toutt regarding information on the area of research by email (

To apply:

  1. Complete the KESS II Participant Proposal Form 2019-20
  2. Complete the KESS II Supplementary Form
  3. You will also need to provide copies of the following documentation:
  • Degree certificates
  • References
  • CV
  • English language certificate (if required)
  • All supporting documentation as detailed in Section C of the KESS II Participant Proposal Form

Please return both application forms and supporting documentation to the KESS office at the address stated on the KESS application form (original ink signatures only).

Application forms may be submitted in Welsh and any application submitted in Welsh will be treated no less favourably than an application received in English.

For any other queries, please contact:

The deadline for applications is 4pm 19 July 2019.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in an undergraduate degree from a UK or other approved university. They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees (see–Advice/Fees-and-Money/Wales-fee-status for more information).

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –

For more information on eligibility criteria please refer to section C of the KESS II Participant Proposal Form.

Any queries relating to Section C – Eligibility, please contact

Funding Notes

The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £11,702 p.a. dependent upon the applicant’s financial circumstances as assessed in section C point 4 on the KESS II Participant Proposal Form.

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

Please note that students receiving KESS II support are not eligible for Postgraduate Master’s Degree loan.

Funding Information

Application Deadline:

19 July 2019

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