PhD: 3–4 years full-time, MPhil: 2 years full-time, MRes: 1 year full-time; part-time options available
Students join our research community from a wide range of backgrounds including biologists, chemists, nutritionists, economists, mathematicians, computer scientists and sociologists. You can study full or part time, allowing you to combine your studies with work or other responsibilities.
The school's major research interests are:
- brewing science
- flavour science
- food microbiology and safety
- food structure
- BBSRC National Centre for Macromolecular Hydrodynamics
- The School of Biosciences is one of the strongest teaching and research centres for fundamental and applied biological and food science in the UK.
- Number 1 research environment in the UK for agriculture, veterinary and food science –Research Excellence Framework 2014
- 97% of our work in the schools of biosciences and veterinary medicine and science was judged to be of international quality – Research Excellence Framework 2014
Food science focused research:
- Flavour release from foods
- The application of a materials science approach to the processing and storage stability of low-water content foods
- Food rheology and its application to hydrocolloid gels
- Characterisation of macromolecules and macromolecular assemblies using hydrodynamic techniques
- Molecular enzymology
- Food microbiology
The school offers research degrees with the awards of PhD, MPhil and MRes.
The normal duration of these awards is:
- PhD: three or four years
- MPhil: two years
- MRes: one year, part-time options may be available
The Food Sciences Building contains modern equipment for the physio-chemical analysis of food and food structure, including mass spectrometry, high speed preparative and analytical ultra centrifuges, instruments for studying X-ray and light scattering, NMR and an extensive array of rheological techniques.
The Food Microbiology laboratories are fully equipped to carry out modern molecular and microbial techniques and include proteomic equipment and an ACGM Category 3 laboratory available to the School for genetic manipulation work. Specialised imaging equipment, including a photon video imaging system, is used in the development of novel approaches to microbiological research. Investigation of fundamental principles of food structure, flavour chemistry and safety has resulted in major links with industrial partners.
The National Centre for Macromolecular Hydrodynamics, based within the Food Sciences Building, contains some of the best facilities for analytical ultracentrifugation in Europe. A business arm of the National Centre and also sensory evaluation facilities are located in a separate building.
Sutton Bonington Campus has its own hall of residence, sports centre and social amenities, student guild and wide range of clubs and societies.
We have an Information Services Learning Resource Centre (ISCRA) comprising a suite of Computer Resource Areas, which is open 24-hours per day via the University smart card.
The Graduate School supports all postgraduates and early career researchers at the University, with dedicated study spaces, training courses and placement opportunities.
The school believes that formal training and guidance are critical components of the postgraduate experience and have developed specific and generic training which are available for all postgraduates.
Project-related training is provided by the supervisors and other staff within the school. You will have frequent contact with your supervisor, often on a weekly or even daily basis, and there is a formal requirement for at least 10 recorded meetings per year.
The University provides a range of support and information to enhance your student experience.
You will have access to:
- academic and disability support
- childcare services
- counselling service
- financial support
- visa and immigration advice
- welfare support
English language courses
Our Centre for English Language Education offers presessional English courses to help develop your English and study skills.
The centre is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, so you can be sure that the teaching and facilities are high-quality. You can also access free English language support alongside your academic course.
University of Nottingham Students’ Union represents all students. You can join the Postgraduate Students’ Network or speak to the dedicated Postgraduate Officer.
There are also a range of support networks, including groups for:
- international students
- black and minority ethnic students
- students with disabilities
- LGBT+ students
SU Advice provides free, independent and confidential advice on issues such as accommodation, financial and academic difficulties.
Researcher training and development
The Graduate School training and development programme empowers postgraduate students and early career research staff to develop the skills required in their research and future careers.
For all of our research degrees, the first step is to identify one or more supervisors you would like to work with.
To do this, look through our academic staff research interests. We strongly encourage contacting supervisors before making a formal application, to discuss potential research projects and to ensure the best application possible.
Once you have confirmed supervisors, please name them on your application form.
Careers and professional development
Average starting salary and career progression
100% of postgraduates in the School of Biosciences secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £28,000 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £65,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Careers support and advice
Whether you are considering a career within or outside academia, we’re here to support you every step of the way.
You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate.
Expert staff will work with you to explore PhD career options and apply for vacancies, develop your interview skills and meet employers. You can book a one-to-one appointment, take an online course or attend a workshop.
Fees and funding
Government loans for masters courses
Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.
International and EU students
Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.
We provide guidance on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study. You can also access specific funding opportunities, entry requirements and other resources for students from specific countries.