Home-Based Exercise in Chronic Kidney Disease

Qualification: PhD

Department: Health Sciences

Application deadline: Open until filled

Start date: September 2019


Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) frequently suffer from muscle wasting, fatigue, and poor physical function which lead to poor outcomes, reduced quality of life, and high healthcare costs.


Professor Alice Smith (Department of Health Sciences)
Dr Thomas Wilkinson (Department of Respiratory Sciences)

Project overview

Our group has shown that supervised resistance exercise is an effective approach to improving muscle mass and physical function, but in-centre programmes are not sustainable in the longer term. This PhD project will:

  1. Carry out a systematic review of the literature.

  2. Using a mixed-methods approach, explore the patient and healthcare staff perspectives of muscle mass, strength and function, the role of resistance training, and the requirements for an acceptable home-based programme.

  3. Design an intervention via an iterative co-production process.

  4. Carry out a feasibility trial of home-based resistance exercise in CKD.



The studentship funding covers:

  • Fees: full-time PhD registration at home/EU rates for three years.
  • Stipend: based on the RCUK rate (currently £14,777 for 2018-19).
  • Research training support.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • You are required to hold (or expect to obtain) a UK Bachelor's degree of 2:1 or better in a relevant subject. 
  • University English Language requirements apply.

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How to apply

How to apply

To apply please use the Apply button at the bottom of the page.

  • In the funding section of the application, please indicate that you wish to be considered for a 'HS_CLS Studentship'.
  • In the proposal section, please provide the name of the supervisor and the project that you want to be considered for.



This position is available to UK and EU candidates only.