Research course

Nutritional Sciences

University of Surrey · Department of Nutritional Sciences

Entry requirements

PhD: 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 Faculty Graduate School to discuss your experience and qualifications. MD: Open to candidates registered with the General Medical Council and working within the NHS or in an approved institution.

Months of entry

January, October, June, March

Course content

The research mission of the Department of Nutritional Sciences is to understand human metabolic demands for nutrients and to optimise their provision as safe and appropriate food.

Our academics are engaged in leading research that uses a range of nutritional and biochemical techniques to investigate problems relating to human health and safety. Key areas of interest include diet and physical activity interactions with cardiovascular disease; the link between nutrition and diabetes; dietary influences on key health outcomes including osteoporosis and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and the influence of specific nutrients such as vitamin D, selenium, iodine and zinc on health.

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.

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.

Department specialisms

Currently activities of the Centre include research interests in Cardiovascular Disease, Oncology, Wound Healing, Immunology and Analytical Biochemistry, Nutritional basis of health including bone, Chronbiology, Melatonin effects of jetlag and shift work.

Information for international students

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

Fees and funding

Every year we offer a number of funded studentships.

All postgraduate researchers are eligible for the University’s Postgraduate Student of the Year award.

Qualification and course duration


full time
33-48 months
part time
45-96 months


part time
24-60 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 689 730