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