Research course

Nutritional Sciences

University of Surrey · Department of Nutritional Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates should have a good honours degree (upper second) in an appropriate discipline, but prior experience in research or industry may be acceptable. Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, independent study is essential, as is a good command of the English language.

Please contact the Department of Nutritional Sciences to discuss your experience and qualifications.

Months of entry

October, April

Course content

Research facilities and equipment

We use an ‘-omic’ approach to nutrition research and have all the standard analytical and project specific equipment you could expect to find in a biomedical facility.

Students benefit from access to the facilities within our Clinical Research Centre and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences’ core technology programme that supports equipment-intensive research technologies and promotes their use in multidisciplinary research.

It encompasses functional genomics (microarray printing, genomics, transcriptomics), bioinformatics (data mining, systems biology, pathway modelling, fluxomics), proteomics, metabolomics and imaging (laser scanning confocal, fluorescence, fluorescence inverted and FRET microscopy, flow cytometry, fluorescence-activated cell sorting, in situ hybridisation).

The University also owns the £36m Surrey Sports Park which is home to Olympic-standard sports facilities and the Surrey Human Performance Institute.

PhD overview

As a PhD student at Surrey, you’ll receive individual tuition in your specialist field, as well as tailored research training. We specialise in studies employing an integrated systems biology approach encompassing laboratory and computational investigation.

Close links with industry and clinical practice are encouraged, and many of our projects are directly sponsored by industry.

At the core of our PhD programmes are the regular meetings that you will have with your supervisors. In the first year, you will – with the guidance and support of your supervisors – lay the foundations of your research by learning techniques, planning the structure of your work and starting to gather data, based on an agreed timetable.

Your supervisors will guide you on how to present at conferences and the process of getting research data published.

Research areas

  • Diet and cardiovascular disease
  • Nutrition and diabetes
  • Exercise and musculo-skeletal health
  • Dietary influences on human metabolism including osteoporosis risk and NAFLD
  • Physical activity and vascular function
  • Diet and sleep/chronobiology
  • Vitamin D and health outcomes
  • The role of iron and selenium in human health
  • The impact of micro-nutrients (vitamins and trace metals) on bone health and cancer
  • Recent projects include, but are not limited to:
  • Iodine Status and Health Outcomes
  • Acid-base Homeostasis and Bone Health
  • Interaction between Vitamin D and Musculo-Skeletal Health

Examples of positions achieved by our students after earning their postgraduate qualification with us:

Food Standards Agency - Senior Scientific Officer

Research Associate - King’s College London

Research Fellow - University of Surrey

Information for international students

  • IELTS minimum overall: 7.0
  • IELTS minimum by component: 6.5

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
60-96 months
full time
30-48 months

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