Published: 27 April 2020

Meet the Department of Nutritional Sciences

In the Department of Nutritional Sciences, we have a long-standing history of offering masters courses that meet the needs of both industry and society. Our food science courses are ranked 2nd in the UK by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 and 4th in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2022.

Why choose the Department of Nutritional Sciences?

By choosing to complete your postgraduate studies with us, you’ll become part of a community of research-active staff and students and will benefit from one-to-one support, expertise from leaders in their respective fields, enhanced employability and opportunities to join research groups and societies.

Studying with us

Everything we do in the Department of Nutritional Sciences has a research focus. We were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2017-18 for Further and Higher Education, in recognition of our research excellence in the field of food and nutrition.

We offer three postgraduate courses, specialising in food science, human nutrition and nutritional medicine. Each of our courses has a research dissertation that will allow you to carry out experiments and projects on important topics in the field. We’ll match your interests with the expertise of our academic staff, ensuring you get the best support.


As a postgraduate nutritional sciences student, you’ll get access to our multi-million pound biomedical laboratories, kitted out with the latest industry equipment. This includes our stable isotope-based analysis core facility where you can use stable isotope tracers and mass spectrometry, to measure rates of synthesis, disposal and conversion of metabolites.

Elsewhere in the University, you’ll also get access to our library, which is open 365 days a year, and you can join Surrey Sports Park, which has huge range of sporting facilities, classes and activities.

Tutor support and expertise

In the Department of Nutritional Sciences, we have a research-led focus to our teaching, ensuring everything you learn is up-to-date and relevant to employers. You’ll be taught by lecturers who are active researchers within their respective fields. These may include Dr Barbara Fielding (an expert in lipid metabolism and isotope tracers), Professor Bruce Griffin (an expert on the origins and prevention of cardio-metabolic risk) and Professor Margaret Rayman (an expert on the effects of selenium and iodine in pregnancy).

“In recent years, our researchers have identified the long-term effects of inadequate dietary intake on our bodies and have helped prove the positive effects of good nutrition, in particular the protective role it can play in reducing the risk of age-related disease outcomes.”

Professor Sue Lanham-New, Head of the Department of Nutritional Sciences

At the beginning of your course, you’ll be assigned a personal tutor from within the Department, who will provide you with one-to-one academic and pastoral support.


A postgraduate degree in nutritional sciences opens many doors, with over 85% of our MSc Human Nutrition graduates going on to full-time employment or further study.*

Once they’ve completed their studies, our graduates often start or continue careers as dietitians, gastroenterologists, general practitioners, pharmacists and researchers in industry. Many of our graduates also go on to complete a PhD with us, joining a community of research-active staff and postgraduate researchers.

“Because of studying nutritional medicine, my career has changed direction and I now work as a Consultant Pharmacist and Medical Writer. This includes writing articles about nutrition for pharmacy publications.”

Lisa Jamieson, MSc Nutritional Medicine

Student life

During your time at Surrey, you’ll have the option to join a research group within your chosen area of study. Groups include the Section of Metabolic Medicine, Food and Macronutrients, and the Section of Public Health and Food Security. Each of these groups meet regularly to discuss research topics, findings and publications. We also have a host of external speakers that visit us and present their work.

As a postgraduate student, you can join NutriSoc, the University of Surrey Nutritional Sciences Society, and meet likeminded individuals to take part in group discussions, talks and events. We also recommend you join groups like the Nutrition Society and the British Nutrition Foundation, to stay up-to-date with the latest research across the field.

Find out more about our postgraduate nutrition courses

*Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016-17.

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