Food and Human Nutrition MPhil; PhD

MPhil: minimum 12 months full time; minimum 24 months part time
PhD: minimum 36 months full time; minimum 72 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £6,870-£13,500 part time £3,435-£6,750
International: full time £17,415-£23,980 part time fees

Fees vary according to the exact nature of the research project.

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Research Areas 

Many of our projects draw on the expertise of staff and researchers who are based in different parts of the University, and the University’s 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.

MPhil and PhD supervision covers a broad spectrum of research areas – 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.

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

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.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in a science or medicine related subject.

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, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

UK and EU students may apply for funding from the Food Standards Agency.

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Applications for Medical Sciences research degrees are considered throughout the year although specific deadlines for funding may apply. Most applicants are interviewed. Further application advice is available from the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

Applications for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development research degrees are considered throughout the year although specific deadlines for funding may apply.

There are three possible start dates for your research degree:

  • 6 January 2014
  • 28 April 2014
  • 22 September 2014

However, these dates are not mandatory and in some circumstances permission can be granted for alternative start dates.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information from the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, please contact:
Postgraduate Office
School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6900

For further information from the Medical Sciences Graduate School, please contact:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7002
Fax: +44 (0)191 208 7038

Subject Overview
This programme is within the subject area of Food and Human Nutrition.