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We have 57 Nutrition PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

Nutrition influences growth, development, and disease immunity so a Nutrition PhD will give you the opportunity to research a specific area of bioscience, diet, and health. By the end of your PhD, you will complete an independent research project that should make a significant original contribution to the field.

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.

PhD in Nutrition entry requirements

The entry requirements for a typical PhD in Nutrition usually involve a Bachelors and a Masters degree in a related subject. You will also need to submit a compelling research proposal detailing your study plans. You may also need some professional experience in Nutrition, depending on the programme. If English is not your first language, you will also need to show that you have the right level of language proficiency. 

PhD in Nutrition funding options

In the UK, PhDs in Nutrition are funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) which provides a tuition fee waiver and a living cost stipend. Depending on the programme, you may submit your own research proposal before being considered for funding or apply for a project that already has funding attached.  

It is also possible to apply for a PhD loan to help with the costs of a doctorate in Nutrition (although this cannot be combined with Research Council funding). Other options for financial support include university scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships and charities.

If you are considering a part-time PhD in Nutrition, it may also be worth asking your employer if they are happy to sponsor you. 

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NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre 4-year PhD studentship programme

We are seeking an enthusiastic health researcher or social scientist with skills in qualitative methods, health research or health psychology to join the next generation of inter-disciplinary researchers who will improve people's health through developing new approaches for improving surgical outcomes. Read more

Protein fermentation in the human colon

We are seeking a PhD candidate for a great opportunity. You need to be an enthusiastic learner and have demonstrated academic excellence in nutrition, food science or microbiology to undertake research on colonic protein fermentation and its potential impact on gut health. Read more
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IAFRI PhD Studentship in Biology - Cultivated meat: safety and quality characterisation during production scale up

Overview. Due to recent advances in cell culture engineering, cultivated meat is increasingly viewed as promising to revolutionise the food industry. A critical bottleneck is the optimisation of large-scale production while guarantying product quality and safety. Read more

The role of the oral microbiome and dietary nitrate in health outcomes in dementia (VC23017)

The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is seeking to attract a PhD candidate of outstanding ability and commitment to join its vibrant and growing postgraduate research community in a programme of internationally excellent research. Read more
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Obesity and health: what can primary care data tell us?

Obesity, measured by body mass index (BMI), is a fundamental determinant of health and a leading cause of morbidity and premature mortality globally. Read more

Using psychology to inform sustainable diets: acceptability of cultivated meats by parents and young children.

Providing sustainable protein through culturing meat from stem cells in vitro using tissue engineering has enormous potential to solve significant problems associated with meat production and consumption, including climate/environmental and animal welfare issues, as well as global food security and nutrition related health challenges. Read more

What works to prevent over-eating in preschool children with avid appetites?

Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century, placing children at high risk of diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. Read more

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