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Research degree students at Leeds School of Food Science and Nutrition

Project opportunities

The School of Food Science and Nutrition carries out research across a wide range of areas, which provides PhD students with a variety of research project opportunities.

There are a limited number of fully-funded studentships available each year, supported through research council grants and industry funding which often have specific project titles but there are also opportunities for self-funded students to choose their own area of research in conjunction with a supervisor.

Current funded projects

Bio-monitoring and preventing dietary exposure to food contaminants 
Lead supervisor: Dr Yun Yun Gong 
Application deadline: 13 March 2017

Individual (agent)-based and population (compartmental) modelling of invasive communicable disease spread - Stochastic spatio-temporal models of tree infestation on lattice models
Lead supevisor: Dr James Smith 
Application deadline: 13 March 2017

Lipid-based nanoparticles for controlled release of bioactives
Lead supervisor: Dr Arwen Tyler
Applicationdeadline: 13 March 2017

Physiological and Psychological Mechanisms of Resistance to Weight Loss
Lead supervisor: Dr Mark Hopkins (c/o
Application deadline: 13 March 2017

Self-assembled Nanoreactors for Digital Biosensing 
Lead supervisor: Dr Matteo Castronovo 
Application deadline: 13 March 2017

The impact of HENRY and identification of barriers of healthy family behaviours 
Lead supervisor: Dr M Zulynaik 
Application deadline: 13 March 2017

Understanding and control of food components crystallisation 
Lead supervisor: Dr Elena Simone 
Application deadline: To be confirmed

The start date for all these projects is 1st September 2017.

Full details of funding and how to apply can be found here

If you would like further information about these projects please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office or lead supervisor for further details.

Other funding opportunities

Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces

Up to 16 fully-funded four-year PhD studentships are available in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces (SOFI CDT) for October 2017.

SOFI CDT provides industrially-integrated, postgraduate training in research, enterprise and innovation for future leaders in the soft matter academic and industrial sectors. It combines expertise from Durham, Leeds and Edinburgh universities, industry and central facilities. It brings together more than 50 academics from departments of Physics, Chemistry, Food Science, Biology, Engineering, Computing, (Applied) Mathematics and Durham University Business School.

For further information on SOFI CDT and how to apply please visit the SOFI CDT website and

Informal enquiries can be directed by e-mail to Prof Lian Hutchings (CDT manager).

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