PhD Programme in Sports and HUMAN MOVEMENT SCIENCE
Description and learning objectives
This PhD course offers an innovative and highly qualified third level post-graduate education and draws on a strong interaction between local, national and international research institutions. In particular, the aim of the PhD Programme in Sports and Human Movement Science is to train candidates with highly specialized competences in the field of sports science to achieve and maintain a state of optimal of health and wellbeing in all age groups. In this context, the priority is to provide young students with an interdisciplinary methodological framework examining the issues of exercise therapy, along with proper nutrition, as a fundamental instrument in obtaining and maintaining optimal health, both in connection to sports performance and as a useful tool in preventing widespread diseases, such as cerebral stroke, myocardial infarction, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity, to promote successful ageing. Moreover, our PhD students have the opportunity to investigate issues related to human movement through the use of modern motion capture systems and fitness (muscular and cardiorespiratory) equipment and to evaluate the effects of exercise therapy on clinical-molecular markers related to health.
Employment opportunities must be considered from the interdisciplinary perspective that currently characterises the field of sports science, which no longer as exclusively pertains to physical education but represents a set of competences and knowledge of variety of issues ranging from the pathophysiology of movement to physical activity and sports for wellbeing and the prevention of numerous diseases, without omitting the legal aspects related to certain contexts.
PhD candidates have the opportunity to enter the labour market, including the world of scientific research, as members of highly specialized teams working on the prevention and/or control of diseases with a high social impact, such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, cerebral and cardiovascular diseases, and cancer, thanks to the acquisition of the competences, knowledge, and tools that are necessary to achieve and maintain good health and successful ageing.