Nutritional Sciences PhD

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.

Dr Sarah Bath PhD Nutritional Sciences

Why Surrey?

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.

Programme overview

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

Funding

Every year we offer a number of funded studentships. These are advertised on the Faculty Graduate School website as and when they become available.

Research award

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

Related research areas

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Programme facts

Type of programme:

PhD

Programme length:

  • Full-time: 33-48 months
  • Part-time: 45-96 months

Start date:

October, January, April, July

Contact:

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 689 730

fhms_gradschool@surrey.ac.uk

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 Faculty Graduate School to discuss your experience and qualifications.

English language requirements

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

Study mode UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time To be confirmed £16,600
Part-time To be confirmed £8,400

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2015/16 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

A complete list of all fees for our research programmes

Researcher Development Programme

Our researcher development programme provides a range of workshops and support mechanisms for our postgraduate researchers.

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General Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 681 681

pg-enquiries@surrey.ac.uk

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