Research course

Food and Human Nutrition

Newcastle University · Faculty of Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

MPhil: A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a science or medicine related subject. PhD: A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, plus further research experience and/or postgraduate qualification such as an MRes.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

MPhil and PhD supervision covers a number of specific research topics supported by our research active academic staff. Our broad range of research areas relate to food security, farming and rural development.

Food and human nutrition research areas include:

  • Ecological agriculture
  • Food and human nutrition
  • Integrated animal science
  • Soils, plants and environment
  • Rural development in advanced economies
  • Food systems, consumption and marketing
  • Science and technology studies in food and environment

All of these research areas are covered by a number of research themes in the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. Through the themes you can read about research projects, academic staff profiles and publications:

We offer a number of different routes to a research degree qualification, including full-time and part-time supervised research projects. We attract postgraduates via non-traditional routes, including mature students and part-time postgraduates undertaking study as part of their continuing professional development.

Off-campus, split research is also offered, which enables you to conduct trials in conditions appropriate to your research programme.

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Department specialisms

Ecological agriculture; Food and human nutrition; Integrated animal science; Soils, plants and environment; Rural development in advanced economies; Food systems, consumption and marketing; Science and technology studies in food and environment.

Information for international students

Food and Human Nutrition (Medical Sciences): IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills). Food and Human Nutrition (Agriculture, Food and Rural Development): IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills) You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate.

Fees and funding

See our programme fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Medical Sciences Graduate School
+44 (0) 191 208 7002