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Nutrition PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students in the UK

We have 34 Nutrition PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students in the UK

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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Integrated impact of insulin signaling on nutritional state-dependent behaviour in Drosophila

Insulin signaling plays a pivotal role in various physiological processes, including metabolism, energy homeostasis, and growth. Increasing evidence points to an expanded role for insulin to inform behaviour according to the nutritional state of an organism. Read more

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This programme presents the opportunity to join our international and interdisciplinary research community working within the fields of infancy and early development, language and cognition, perception and action or social processes. Read more

BBSRC NLD Doctoral Training Partnership: Bartering essential nutrients in animal-microbe symbiosis

All human and animal life exists in symbiosis with a complex microbiota. To improve understanding of how animals perform, survive, interact with, and adapt to, the natural world, we need to understand the fundamental basis of the relationships between animals and microbes. Read more

Stressed out? Unravelling the glucocorticoid dynamics of pigs

Funding. This PhD project is part of a competition funded by SRUC. This opportunity is open to UK and International students and provides funding to cover tuition fees at the UK rate, plus a stipend to support living costs. Read more

MRC DiMeN Doctoral Training Partnership: Cardiovascular function around the clock: harnessing protective circadian mechanisms towards smarter design of novel therapies and interventions

Optimal cardiovascular function is essential for long-term health and quality of life. One such important regulator within the body is related to circadian rhythms, which control ~24h cycles in many physiological processes such as sleep/wake cycles, physical activity/rest cycles, drug metabolism and hormones. Read more

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