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 studentships and scholarships page as and when they become available.

Schemes

Purpose/Eligibility Criteria

Deadline

 

Alzheimer’s Society - PhD Studentships

 

 

To provide funding for new PhD studentships in the areas of cause, cure, care or prevention of all types of dementia.

Funding of up to £85,000 is provided for up to three years and includes a stipend (£15,000-£16,000 per year), university PhD fees at EU rates, consumables & equipment, and conference dissemination support. 

End March 2018 (TBC)

MRC  - Clinical Research Training Fellowship

 

The CRTF supports clinicians, including (but not limited to) medics, surgeons, dentists, clinical psychologists, public health specialty trainees, allied health professionals, nurses, midwives and veterinarians, to undertake a PhD or other higher research degree.

The scheme also provides a route for post-doctoral applicants who achieved their PhD some time ago but who have not been research active since due to clinical training commitments to reacquire research skills.

  • Salary costs commensurate with your stage of training, up to but not including NHS consultant level
  • Up to £20,000 per year. This may cover consumables, equipment, conference travel, PhD and other course fees. 

 

Two deadlines per year

Next one: 27/07/2017 (launch)

06/09/2017 (close)

HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme: Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship

The HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship (CDRF) Scheme is aimed at registered non-medical healthcare professionals sited in England with at least 1 year's experience of clinical practice, sufficient research experience or training to prepare them to undertake a PhD, and who wish to obtain a PhD by research whilst continuing to develop their clinical skills.

The CDRF is an individual training award and offers funding to cover the salary costs of the award holder, their PhD tuition fees, and the costs of an appropriate research project and training and development programme. A CDRF award will require that the individual has a contract of employment with the Host Employer for the duration of the Fellowship.

Launch: 2nd March 2017

Closes: 18th May 2017

NIHR Integrated Academic Training Programme for Doctors and Dentists

NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACFs) allow medical and dental trainees to undertake 25% research and 75% clinical training over 3 years (4 years for GPs) and Clinical Lectureships (CLs) allow trainees to undertake 50% research and 50% clinical training over 4 years. The posts are allocated to institutional partnerships of University, NHS Organisations/ Trusts and Local Education Training Boards (LETBs), the latter having taken over the functions of Postgraduate Deaneries from April 2013 onwards. Academic trainees are recruited by the LETBs through open competition via a nationally developed process for academic recruitment run by NIHR TCC.

 

 

Research award

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

Studentships

Design of functional oligosaccharides as sucrose replacers

Supervisor(s)

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 13 July 2017
Opportunities across all subjects

Related research areas

Related departments/schools

Programme facts

Type of programme:

PhD

Programme length:

  • Full-time: 30-48 months
  • Part-time: 60-96 months

Start date:

October, April

Contact:

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 682 222

admissions@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 Department of Nutritional Sciences  to discuss your experience and qualifications.

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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 £4195 £20,000
Part-time £2100 £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

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Contact Us

General Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 681 681

admissions@surrey.ac.uk

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