Research course

Early life nutrition and disease

University of Nottingham · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

Please contact school for details.

Months of entry

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

Course content

The Early Life Research Unit has an established internationally-recognised research programme investigating the impact of diet in early life on later health and disease based in the Division of Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

We undertake endocrine, metabolic and molecular studies in order to measure the impact of maternal diet on the physiology of pregnancy plus fetal and postnatal growth in both humans and a range of animal models. These have identified candidate mediators and mechanisms for early life programming and how they may influence later energy balance. We are thus able to examine nutritional interventions designed to prevent adverse adipose tissue development and later hypertension.

We are also conducting novel studies examining the impact of environmental challenges during pregnancy, lactation or juvenile life in order to establish the short- and long-term health outcomes, together with the extent to which risk of later obesity can be programmed in early life.

We have been lead members of a European Union Sixth Framework Programme Integrated Project on programming effects of early nutrition on long-term health entitled Early Nutrition Programming - long-term follow up of efficacy and safety trials and integrated epidemiological, genetic, animal, consumer and economic research (EARNEST). Additional funding is held from the British Heart Foundation and Medical Research Council (MRC) and University of Nottingham Special Trustees.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 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 Medical School web pages.

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

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559