Research course

Nutritional Sciences

University of Nottingham · Division of Nutritional 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 overarching theme of the division is the scientific understanding and improvement of nutrition for both humans and animals. The main areas of research include: control and manipulation of the nutritional and processing quality of animal and plant products, including texture of fruit and meat products, nutritional enhancement of fat and protein content in animals; control of growth of farm animals, especially nutrient-gene interactions and synchronising the supply of energy and nitrogen; nutritional evaluation of feed for animals, such as the effect of dietary tannins on parasitic infections; fetal programming and health; diet-health interactions in man, including nutrient-gene interactions; the effect of dietary fatty acids, cholesterol and antioxidants on the development of atherosclerosis; the molecular basis of food based allergy; population based studies in human nutrition and dietetics; food authentication.
Recent doctoral graduates in Nutritional Sciences have entered a wide range of careers. A large number continue in research often starting as postdoctoral research assistants. The careers then accessible have included continuing their research interests within academia (both within the UK and abroad), research institutes or industry. Additionally some graduates have entered the teaching profession or have found employment within the NHS.

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

Department specialisms

The Division of Nutritional Sciences has research interests in both human and animal nutrition and in the manipulation of the nutritional quality of animal and plant products.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element). 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).

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559