My supervisor was fantastic during my PhD and I learnt a huge amount by working with her. I was also very lucky to collaborate with other researchers throughout my PhD, including researchers from other universities and staff at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford.
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. We are a leading institution in the field of nutrition. Our biomedical research, including Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes, was ranked in the top 5% in the country in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
Our academics are engaged in 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 cardiovascular disease, the link between nutrition and diabetes, dietary influences on key health outcomes including osteoporosis and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), as well as the influence of specific nutrients such as vitamin D, selenium, iodine and zinc on health.
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.
The Department of Nutritional Sciences has access to the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences’ core technology programme, to support and fund equipment-intensive research technologies and to promote 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).
PhD students receive individual tuition in their specialist field, as well as tailored research training and seminars. Close links with industry and clinical practice are encouraged, and many research projects include collaborative work.
Many of our projects are directly sponsored by industry, and our PhD students often end up working for the company that sponsored them.
The opportunities for students with postgraduate qualifications from Surrey are very wide, and not limited to the area in which you have studied.
Examples of positions achieved by our students after earning their postgraduate qualification with us:
Every year we offer a number of funded studentships. These are advertised on the Faculty Graduate School website as and when they become available.
All postgraduate researchers are eligible for the University’s Postgraduate Student of the Year award.
October, January, April, July
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.
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.
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Please note these fees are for the academic year 2014/15 only. All fees are subject to annual review.
Our researcher development programme provides a range of workshops and support mechanisms for our postgraduate researchers.
Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.
Researchers from the Department of Nutritional Sciences are working on Europe’s largest ever investigation into vitamin D deficiency.
Professor David Blackbourn’s research is focused on viruses that are responsible for causing cancer. In particular, how such viruses cause this insidious disease, evade the immune response and interact with the cell’s ability to repair damaged DNA.
"I first came to the University of Surrey to study for my undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. I started working on iodine for my final year research project and loved the topic, so I decided to take it further for my PhD, which I began after spending a year-and-a-half in clinical practice."
New research reveals that iodine deficiency during pregnancy adversely affects children’s mental development.
Liver disease is now one of the fastest growing health risks in the UK. Paediatric non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common cause of childhood liver disease, affecting between three and nine per cent of all children and more than three quarters of those who are obese — and numbers are growing...
Our biomedical research, including Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes, was ranked in the top 5% in the country in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
Andrea Darling wins prize for multidisciplinary research into vitamin D deficiency.