PhD Food and Human Nutrition

Newcastle University | Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Many of our projects draw on the expertise of staff and researchers who are based in different parts of the University, and the Universityís Human Nutrition Research Centre (HNRC) facilitates this cross-disciplinary work. It is quite usual for scientists, nutritionists and social scientists from research institutes in the Faculty of Medical Sciences and the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development to pool their expertise and work together.

Description of Food and Human Nutrition


PhD supervision covers a broad spectrum of research areas Ė from molecular studies, addressing links between nutrition and genes, through to research on diet and public health. Many of our studies address issues from different viewpoints. For example, work on food quality explores both consumer and producer perspectives including aspects of sensory evaluation, consumer acceptability and the effects of agronomic and production environments on nutrient and phytochemical composition of food. Our interest in the biochemistry of foods extends to pharmacology through the study of medicinal properties of plants.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Applications are considered throughout the year
Tuition fee Not specified
Start date January  2016, April  2016, September  2016
Duration full-time 36 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 72 months
Project Type Open

Course Content

We have an international reputation for many areas of our research, which creates a dynamic environment for postgraduate study. In addition to subject-specific research training, our Medical Sciences Graduate School and Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School have a thriving postgraduate research culture, with additional support for international students. We have an excellent record for timely PhD submission, provide training in professional/key skills and research techniques, and support personal development.

English Language Requirements


IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Food and Human Nutrition

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, plus further research experience and/or a further qualification such as an MRes.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, or equivalent.

Work Experience for Food and Human Nutrition

No work experience is required.

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Newcastle University, United Kingdom

United Kingdom From its origins as a School of Medicine and Surgery in 1834, Newcastle University today offers a first-class student experience in the heart of Britainís number one student city. Newcastle is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities. Ranked among the best in the world by the most recent Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Newcastle University is in its global top 150, while The Sunday Times University Guide 2012 placed us in 12th position in the UK.

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