Research course

School of Food Science and Nutrition

University of Leeds · School of Food Science and Nutrition
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

BSc 2:1 honours or equivalent or satisfactory pass at MSc level in relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Housed in a new purpose-built premises, the School of Food Science and Nutrition has modern and extensive facilities for research with an excellent pilot plant laboratory supporting work in food technology.

Research areas cover;

Food Chemistry and Biochemistry - Research in the kinetic behaviour of complex reactions, with emphasis on the cocktail effects of different sugars and amino acids during Maillard browning, Metabolism, bioactivity and potential health benefits of flavonoids, Properties and analysis of food allergens, Consequences of the variable nutritional content of ethnic and regional foods

Food Colloids and Processing - Research covers optimization of protein/lipid/polysaccharide ingredients for the formulation and stabilization of dispersed systems, Development of improved understanding of the properties of adsorbed proteins and nanoparticles at fluid interfaces and Control of microstructure and rheology of gels, foams and emulsions

Nutrition and Public Health - Covering a wide variety of topics aiming to increase our understanding of the impact food and diet has on our health and wellbeing with a significant area of research in Nutritional Epidemiology.

As a research student in the School of Food Science and Nutrition you will benefit from the school’s excellent links with the food industry and ongoing collaborative projects with major food manufacturers, retailers and research organisations.

Department specialisms

Structure Rheology of Colloidal Dispersions; Food Protein Functionality;Flavour Generation; Heat and Mass Transport in Food Processing; Nutrition; Maillard Reactions; Immunochemistry; Allergy; Phytochemicals; Diet/Health, Nutritional Epidemiology

Information for international students

The University of Leeds welcomes international students. English language is required (eg. IELTS). Accommodation is guaranteed for all new international students paying fees at non-EU rate. Students from overseas may carry out research on food products and problems specific to their own country.

Fees and funding

The School often has a number of funded studentships throughout the year, which often cover full payment of UK/EU tuition fees and provide the candidate with a tax free stipend per annum.Please contact the school for more information

the University also has a number of competitive scholarship opportunities available for both UK/EU and international students. Fine out more at

Qualification and course duration


full time
36+ months


full time
24 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

PG Admissions Secretary
0113 343 2986