Nutritional Sciences MD

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 choose this course?

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.

What you will study

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


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.

Research award

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


Design of functional oligosaccharides as sucrose replacers


Dr Terri Grassby

Lecturer in Food Science


Dr Jonathan Brown

Tutor in Food Safety

Funding A fully-funded studentship including an enhanced stipend of £15553 per year
Application deadline 06 September 2017
Opportunities across all subjects

Related research areas

Related departments/schools

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
MD Part-time 24-60 months October, April

Entry Requirements

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

View entry requirements by country

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.


Study mode UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Part-time £4195 £10,000

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/18 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

Overseas students applying for 2017 entry should please note that annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

A complete list of all fees for our research programmes

Doctoral College

Our Doctoral College supports researcher excellence and employability across the doctoral and early career stages of the researcher journey.

Find out more

Code of practice for research degrees

Surrey’s postgraduate research code of practice sets out the University's policy and procedural framework relating to research degrees.

The code defines a set of standard procedures and specific responsibilities covering the academic supervision, administration and assessment of research degrees for all faculties within the University.

Download the code of practice for research degrees (PDF).