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Food Science and Nutrition PhD

University of Leeds

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Leeds

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    Various

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

At the University of Leeds, we are recognised as world-leaders in food colloids and diet and health. We apply fundamental scientific principles to address issues of food quality, safety and sustainability, diet quality and consumer behaviour, from food production to the consumer’s plate.

Our research is supported by dedicated and experienced technical staff and first-class facilities, which allows us to scientifically develop new processes and products and analyse the quality and composition of foods from the macro- to the nanoscale.

Our doctoral graduates have secured positions with organisations including, among others: Principle Healthcare Ltd, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Campden BRI, and the University of Hong Kong.

Broadly, our research activity is conducted in across the following areas:

  • Digestion and delivery

We are using cutting-edge approaches to understand how the different structures of the food we eat can alter nutrient release during digestion, and how the timing and specific compounds can influence health.

  • Food colloids and soft matter interfaces

Our research focuses on understanding the physical chemistry of complex food systems and the macromolecules that structure food.

  • Food safety, food security and global health

Safe and nutritious food is a fundamental requirement for human life. Our research addresses crucial challenges to food safety, food security and global health.

  • Functional biopolymers for food and health

These materials play many roles in foods, and the clarification of the relationship between their structural aspects and their biological functions, is one of the major drivers of our research.

  • Human nutrition and lifestyle interventions

We design, develop and evaluate interventions aimed at improving health for individuals and populations, or assess the impact of health policy and practice at population level in the UK and internationally.

  • Novel food design and processing

Our research in the field of novel functional foods focuses on determining the role of specific food components in reducing risk factors for disease.

  • Nutritional epidemiology

Our research has a life course focus, with studies on diet in pregnancy, childhood, adolescents and the elderly. One emphasis is exploration of the relationship of diet to chronic disease development.

  • Obesity, cancer and metabolic disease

Our research focuses on the relationship between the food we eat and the risk of obesity and chronic diseases such as non-alcoholic fatty liver, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

  • Simulation and theoretical modelling of food systems

Our modelling research covers theoretical and simulation methods spanning a uniquely broad and diverse range of topics within food science.

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University information

University of Leeds

  • University League Table

    16th

  • Campus address

    University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, England

A global community, the university’s staff and students come from over 170 countries. There will be chances to meet and work with people from across the world.
The university is continually investing in its campus, from new laboratories and lecture theatres to one of the most impressive libraries in the UK.
With a history of welcoming international students for over 100 years, students can be sure of experienced help throughout their time at Leeds.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    1st out of 39

  • Entry standards

    / Max 171
    162 77%

    2nd

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    95 95%

    2nd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.17 84%

    16th

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