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Masters by Research (Sport & Exercise Science - Nutrition)

Course Description

The University of Hertfordshire is currently offering TWO funded Masters by Research projects. Both projects will begin in October 2010 and run for a period of 1 year full time. Successful candidates will be expected to work with each other as the research areas overlap and are being funded by a UK-based Sports Nutrition company, with key objectives that are expected to be delivered as part of the research. Both projects offer an opportunity to undertake postgraduate research whilst gaining valuable business-related interaction.

Project 1 - The Effectiveness of Green Tea Extract on Fat Oxidation Stability - the objective of the first project will be to initially investigate a reliable protocol to assess fat oxidation in human subjects, with a further aim to assess the effect of green tea extract ingestion on fat oxidation parameters under laboratory controlled conditions. The project will involve several stages including: initial pilot testing and research of the current literature, with a view to establishing reliability and validity of current fat oxidation assessment. The second stage will involve assessment of repeatability of fat oxidation measurement via desgin of a suitable protocol. The final stage will involve the assessment of the effects of a green tea formula on fat oxidation markers in human subjects both from single sessions and over a 6-8 week training period.

Project 2 - Assessment of Green Tea Bioavailability at Rest and During Exercise - the objective of the second project will be to assess a variety of green tea formulas in terms of suitability for enhancing fat oxidation, exercise endurance and weight loss. In a similar manner to project 1, the successful candidate will be expected to undertake initial pilot work and literature research, before investigating bioavailability of green tea extracts at rest. This will involve repeated blood sampling and analysis of samples in conjunction with a commercial laboratory. On the basis of the results from the first part of the study, the main study will then investigate the effectiveness of a new green tea formula pre exercise on endurance performance, fat mass and body composition.

Both projects will be funded, with a stipend contributing to registration fees and student costs, as well as related project costs as appropriate.

Prospective candidates should send their CV and a covering letter to
Dr Justin Roberts
University of Hertfordshire
School of Life Sciences
College Lane
AL10 9AB

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a BSc (Hons) in Sport/Exercise Science or related area, and have previous undergraduate laboratory research experience.

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