Research course

Nutritional Sciences

University of Surrey · Department of Nutritional Sciences

Entry requirements

Open to candidates registered with the General Medical Council and working within the NHS or in an approved institution.

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.

MD overview

Research for an MD may be carried out in the clinical workplace and/or in the University’s facilities, and will be supervised jointly.

Your research area may be in any branch of medicine that links in with our research portfolio, and you should expect to commit approximately two years to research and training activities, plus some time to write up the MD thesis and take the viva voce exam.

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

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

Every year we offer a number of funded studentships. These are advertised on the Studentships and Scholarship page of the faculty website, as and when they become available.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-60 months

Course contact details

01483 682 222