What’s it like to study a PhD in Nutrition?
Studying a Nutrition PhD will mean that you are contributing to a global understanding of the relationship between nutrition and health. This is a wide-ranging field from ageing metabolism and dietetic practices to childhood nutritional management and public health.
Some typical research topics in Nutrition include:
- obesity and diabetes
- maternal and child nutrition
- sport, exercise, and rehabilitation
- effects of lifestyle factors on eating behavior and control of eating
- changing consumer behaviour via food labelling
PhD programmes in Nutrition are advertised with funding attached, however there are cases of advertised projects without funding. These are either three-year programmes or a four-year doctoral training programme. Since the project is advertised, the scope and key aim of the project is pre-determined by the supervisor, but you will shape the remainder of the project.
Any training is usually provided by the Faculty/Department, and you will be encouraged to take part in researcher development programmes at your institution.
To be awarded your PhD, you must submit a thesis of about 60,000 words and defend it during your viva exam.