Education - PhD Degree (Doctor of Philosophy)

PhD Degree

UNIVERSITY

NATIONAL SPORTS ACADEMY
'VASSIL LEVSKI' - SOFIA
1700 Sofia, Bulgaria (EU) | About the University

PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT

National Sports Academy - Sofia

I am a PhD Student at the National Sports Academy, Sofia

I was enrolled for a three-year (2015-2018) higher education distance learning course on 1 July 2015 at the National Sports Academy 'Vassil Levski', Sofia, which will lead to a PhD Degree in the Physical Education Pedagogy research area (01 Education - 011 Education Science - 0114 Teacher Training with subject qualification, [ISCED, 2015]), in the following PhD programme: 'Theory and Methods of Physical Education and Sports Training, including Physiotherapy' at the Physiology and Biochemistry Department.

Doctoral Dissertation Title: 'Assessment of the Nutrition and Physical Fitness of Primary School Children Practising Artistic Gymnastics' Read more about the PhD Research here »

Doctoral Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Albena Alexandrova, PhD
(Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia)

Co-Supervisor: Dr Lubomir Petrov, PhD
(Physiology and Biochemistry Department at the NSA)

 

PhD Degree 2015-2018

THE LATEST NEWS: As of 14th of December 2016 I, Stefan Kolimechkov (PhD student, N339), have taken and passed all of the PhD modules at the University in Sofia and I am currently a 2-nd year PhD student. I have been caring out my research in London, UK.

In September 2016, I was provided with an annual evaluation report (2015-2016) from the Physiology and Biochemistry Department at the University in Sofia, which states that I have achieved an overall score of 117 points (out of 130) for my first year as a PhD student. Here is a full list of all modules, credits, trainings, grades and requirements at the PhD level.

N
PhD Modules
ECTS†
credits
Year
Grade‡
PhD I. Theoretical Modules
PhD I.1
Introduction to Sports Science
5
1
Excellent 6.00
PhD I.2
Research Knowledge and Competencies
5
1
Excellent 6.00
PhD I.3
Statistical Methods and Data Analysis
5
2
Excellent 6.00
PhD I.4
English
5
1
Excellent 6.00
PhD II. Additional Modules (PhD II.2 Physical Education Pedagogy)
PhD II.2.12
Physical Activity and Sport - Disease Prevention in Children and Adolescents
1
1
Excellent 6.00
PhD II.2.13
Nutrition Needs of Children and Adolescents
1
1
Excellent 6.00
PhD II.2.14
Health Risks for Children and Adolescents
1
1
Excellent 6.00
PhD II.2.15
Methods for Assessing Growth and Development in Children and Adolescents
1
1
Excellent 6.00
PhD II.2.16
First Aid and Prevention of Sports Injuries in Childhood
1
1
Excellent 6.00
PhD III. Research Training Modules
PhD III.1.1
Fundamentals of Adult Training
1
1
Excellent 6.00
PhD III.1.2
Presentation of Scientific Papers
1
2,3
PhD III.1.3
Managing the Research Process
3
2,3
PhD III.2
Preparation of 2 Scientific Articles in Connection with the PhD Dissertation
4
2,3
PhD III.3
Projects and Activities
6
2
Excellent 6.00
PhD IV. PhD Final Examination
PhD. IV
Final Doctoral Examination
20
2
Excellent 6.00

 

Here it comes the most important part of my PhD degree and this is the actual research itself.

Research
ECTS†
credits
Year
Grade‡
Doctoral Dissertation
(preparation, quality & defence)
120
1-3
coming soon in 2018

 

†ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) is a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students of higher education across the European Union. For successfully completed studies, ECTS credits are awarded [European Commission, Education and training].

‡Grading system: the highest grade is Excellent 6.00, the lowest passing - Average 3.00
Excellent 6 = 92-100% = A
Very Good 5 = 75-91% = B
Good 4 = 59-74% = C
Average 3 = 50-58% = D
Weak 2 = 0-49% = F

 

Requirements for publications in order to obtain the PhD degree:

Requirements for obtaining a PhD degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Required
Published
Publications in Connection to the Doctoral Dissertation:
3
- one of which in an international journal
1
- one of which as the only author
1
- one of which as a first author
1

 

Photo Gallery 2015-2018: My Remarkable Moments

Overview

What is a PhD?

PhD is short for Doctor of Philosophy, and is the highest level of degree which can be achieved. Furthermore, it is a globally recognized postgraduate academic degree awarded by universities and higher education institutions to a candidate who has submitted a doctoral dissertation, based on extensive and original research in their chosen field.

How did it all start?

I started thinking about writing a Doctoral dissertation at the end of 2012, after graduating from the National Sports Academy with flying colours and obtaining my Master's degree. In January 2013, I moved to the United Kingdom, where I have been working in the fields of Physical Education and Sports Coaching (Gymnastics), and in the same year I published two papers with the help of my supervisors from the University in Sofia. In 2014, I started preparing my project for a PhD dissertation and a few universities were selected for application purposes. After deciding on a complete title and purpose statement for the dissertation, in addition to many improvements in the methodology, I started conducting my research in the United Kingdom at the beginning of January, 2015. A few months later, the project proposal was sent to the National Sports Academy, which my supervisors and I deemed to be the best option as far as universities are concerned at this point in time. On the 1st July 2015, I was officially registered as a PhD student.

The University

The National Sports Academy (NSA) was founded in 1942 to meet the need for PE teachers in the country. The NSA is a specialized higher education institution in the Bulgarian university system with more than 70 years of history, and it is the only university which fully specializes in Sports Science in Bulgaria, as well as being one of the few sports universities in Europe. The Sports Academy organizes educational programmes in the field of Sports, Physical Education and Physiotherapy at Bachelor, Master and Doctor degree levels [NSA.BG].

 

References:

ISCED (International Standard Classification of Education) , Fields of Education and Training 2013 (ISCED-F 2013), UNESCO Institute for Statistics, 2015

NSA.BG - Official website of the National Sports Academy 'Vassil Levski' - Sofia. Retrieved 24.August.2016. <www.nsa.bg >

 

coming soon in 2018

Stefan Kolimechkov, PhD

 

PhD Degree, 2015-2018