Dr Shaun Phillips (PhD, SFHEA)

Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies / Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Physiology


I completed my BSc in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Bedfordshire and my MSc in Exercise Physiology at Loughborough University, before gaining my PhD in Exercise Physiology at the University of Edinburgh.  I taught at Abertay University as a teaching fellow and as lecturer in sport and exercise science and year 3 and 4 programme leader for six years, before leaving Abertay to take up my current role at the University of Edinburgh in January 2015.


  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy, 2020
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, 2018 
  • Level 2 Accredited Phlebotomist, Phlebotomy Training Services, 2013
  • PGCert Academic Practice, Abertay University, 2013
  • PhD Exercise Physiology, University of Edinburgh, 2011
  • MSc Exercise Physiology, Loughborough University, 2005
  • BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, University of Bedfordshire, 2004

Responsibilities & affiliations

I have provided exercise physiology support to a variety of athletes and organisations, including high performance triathletes, footballers and basketball players, Hibernian and Heart of Midlothian FC, the FIA Young Driver Excellence Academy, Scottish Institute of Sport, and the male and female senior Hockey teams.  I am also the exercise and health physiology advisor for the regional eating disorders unit at NHS Lothian,  providing expert advice and consultancy to the specialist physiotherapist for eating disorders and mental health at the largest eating disorders clinic in Scotland.

Undergraduate teaching

  • Programme: BSC (Hons) Applied Sport Science. Teaching:  Sport Science 1A: Physiology and Skill Acquisition; Sports Nutrition; Sports Physiology 4.
  • Programme: BEd (Hons) Physical Education. Teaching:  Physiological Perspectives in Physical Education.

Postgraduate teaching

  • Programme: MSc Strength and Conditioning. Teaching: Sports Nutrition; Professional Development in Strength and Conditioning; Dissertation Course.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I would be willing to discuss PhD projects within the areas listed under my current research interests, as well as more general sport and exercise physiology topics.

Current PhD students supervised

Cam Zhao:  Unilateral resistance training in young team games players.

Sian Salmon:  Physiological and nutritional demands of dancers.

Nicholas Lam:  Development of ecologically valid mental fatigue protocols.

Guy Stern:  Exercise modalities for improving and mantaining functional capacity in healthy older adults.

Past PhD students supervised

Guy Stern: A comparative examination of the effect of high-intensity interval exercise and moderate-intensity continuous exercise on functional movement, peak power output, and health-related quality of life, in healthy males and females aged 50-70 years.  MRes (Distinction).  Completed November 2020.

Wendy Timmons:  Hypermobility in young athletes.  PhD.  Completed September 2020.


Research summary

  • Fatigue and human performance (current focus mental fatigue).
  • Self-regulation of exercise.
  • High-intensity interval exercise for health.

Project activity

Current research projects include the development of ecologically valid mental fatigue protocols; the influence of bilateral vs. unilateral resistance training in young rugby players; the cardiometabolic demand of high-intensity interval walking; and the efficacy of a self-regulated high-intensity interval exercise intervention.

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