University of Reading

University of Reading

Food and Nutritional Sciences

In our Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, you will find the UK's largest team of scientists and technologists dedicated to researching all aspects of food and human nutrition. The University of Reading is ranked 4th in the UK for research power in Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science[1], placing us among the top departments in the country, and we combine international expertise in human nutrition, microbial sciences and food bioprocessing. Our students and researchers come from across the globe and, on completion of their studies, many will return to enhance their country's food security or nutritional health status. The global food industry needs graduates who understand the complex nature of food and can integrate the various scientific disciplines to ensure a safe and wholesome food supply. There are many job opportunities for graduates in the food industry, in food consultancy, academic research, consumer organisations and government food departments or food safety agencies. We have excellent modern facilities, which include an extensive pilot plant with food processing equipment, which is frequently hired out for use by the food industry. [1] Research Fortnight's Analysis Power Rankings, 2014, based on its analysis of REF 2014. **Research areas:** **Food Research Group:** This established group's research covers basic science and engineering studies concerned with laboratory separation science; enzymatic processing; flavour science; macromolecular interactions; food processing for health outcomes; pilot plant manufacturing; and downstream processing. **Human nutrition:** This internationally recognised group explores the impact of food and individual dietary components, especially lipids, phytochemicals and probiotics, on human health and risk of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cognitive decline and cancer. Physiological and molecular mechanisms underlying the observed effects, such as lipoprotein metabolism, immunomodulation, cell signalling pathways and nutrient gene interactions, are a focus of the research. **Food microbial sciences:** Microbiology research has been a major recent development for the Department and provides impetus into anaerobic gut microbiology, emerging technologies of food preservation and microbial food safety. These microbial sciences are underpinned by modern metabolic and molecular biological principles, including culture-independent microbiology, gut modelling and human volunteer studies. **DAgriFood in Sustainable Food Quality for Health** The DAgriFood offers the opportunity to develop your professional role and implement independent, relevant research within your workplace. The programme provides an award at doctorate level that is distinct from a traditional PhD award and is completed on a part-time basis, typically over four to six years, up to a maximum of eight years. Please see our website for further course information:

Entry requirements

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD: A relevant degree required.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Full-time September 2019 - 2 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2019 - 3 Years

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University of Reading RG6 6UR South East

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