Doctoral Studentship (PhD): Declining Male Fertility: Investigations of plausible environmental risk factors in the Racehorse Breeding Stallion

Hartpury University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Gloucester
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £13,000 per annum (stipend)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 9th May 2019
Closes: 7th June 2019
Placed On: 9th May 2019
Closes: 7th June 2019

The aim of this studentship is to assess the fertility potential of breeding stallions and explore a possible environmental aetiology. We aim to assess whether the management practices of the breeding stallion are a potential cause for reproductive perturbations. This body of research shall investigate if chemicals are present amongst a variety of samples associated with management of the thoroughbred breeding stallion. In addition, where possible, the genomic and non-genomic effects of any investigated chemicals shall be tested on endocrine and sperm function in vitro. These data shall provide a putative understanding of the future fertility potential of the breeding stallion.

For more information and for an initial discussion please contact Dr Rebecca Sumner

Description of studentship:

Hartpury is pleased to be offering three fully funded studentship to start on 1 October 2019. This studentship will be based in the Equine Performance Research Arena at University Centre, Hartpury. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to become part of new Postgraduate Community in an idyllic rural setting, with world leading facilities undertaking impactful and cutting-edge practice-based and industry related research. University of the West of England is the awarding body for this degree.
Studentships comprise tuition fees at home / EU rates and a stipend of GBP 13k per year tenable for 3 years. Alongside their research projects, successful candidates will be asked (as a condition of their stipend) to deliver up to 7 hours per week teaching or research support within the department in which the PhD is hosted.

PhD Studentship Selection Criteria:

The following criteria will be taken into account when considering applications:

  • The strength of your professional and academic profile, as demonstrated through previous study and/or professional experience
  • The quality, invention and viability of ideas relating to the research project you are applying for
  • The contribution you are able to make to the Hartpury research community and your host department, in terms of both research and teaching

Candidates should also be aware of the following:

The normal expectation is that applicants will hold at least a 2:1 or a Masters qualification from a UK university or a degree of comparable standing from a university outside the UK. The candidate’s degree relevant to the studentship should demonstrate their potential for practice-led research or alternative evidence of research aptitude.

Applicants whose first language is not English require a recognised English language qualification. The minimum entry requirement is GCSE English at grade C or above or IELTS score 7.0 or TOEFL score 600 (or demonstrable equivalent).

Applying for a PhD studentship

To apply for a PhD studentship you must send the following documents to

  • A curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages)
  • A covering letter outlining your suitability for the studentship
  • A recent piece of critical writing you have completed (max 3000 words)

If English is not your first language, certification of English language qualification

Applications that do not arrive by Midnight (UK time) on Friday 7 June will not be considered.

If your application is selected. You will be invited for interview on Wednesday 19 June. All applicants must ensure their availability on this date.

Key dates

  • 7 June 2019: Deadline for submission of applications
  • 14 June 2019: Interview invitations sent to shortlisted candidates*
  • 19 June 2019: Interviews at Hartpury
  • 28 June 2019: Studentships announced
  • 5 July 2019: Deadline for accepting studentship
  • 1 October 2019: Studentship begins

* Please note that by submitting an application you are confirming your availability to interview on 19 June.

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