Research course

Food Sciences

University of Nottingham · Division of Food Sciences

Entry requirements

2:2 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject. Applicants holding other qualifications may also be accepted.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The School has five professorially led research groups. The major research interests are: brewing science; flavour science; food microbiology and safety; food structure; and the BBSRC National Centre for Macromolecular Hydrodynamics. The Division of Food Sciences carries out research in: flavour release from foods; lipid oxidation; the application of a materials science approach to the processing (particularly extrusion) and storage stability of low-water content foods; food rheology and its application to hydrocolloid gels; characterisation of macromolecules and macromolecular assemblies using hydrodynamic techniques; molecular enzymology; food microbiology and molecular genetics studies of food-borne bacterial and viral pathogens; brewing yeast genetics and fermentation performance; malting science.

The normal duration of a PhD is either 36 or 48 months; Phil is normally 24 months.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Department specialisms

The Division, located in the School of Biosciences at the Sutton Bonington Campus, is an International Centre for both fundamental and industrial Biochemical, Microbiological, Food and Brewing Science teaching and research. The National Centre for Macromolecular Hydrodynamics is also located within the Division.

Information for international students

International Students (outside the European Union) are advised to apply early (October February) in the academic year to ensure consideration for available scholarships (ORS, International Office). English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Bioscience's web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)115 951 6143