PhD Food Policy, Nutrition and Diet – develop extensive subject expertise and independent research skills 

  • All East Midlands, EnglandAll East Midlands, England


About the course

A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award.

You would undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. Your supervisory team provides guidance both in the selection of a research topic and in the conduct of the research. You are also supported by attendance at postgraduate seminar series to develop subject specific knowledge and research skills relevant to your field of research.

The degree is assessed solely on the basis of the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis which must be “defended” in a viva. During the course of the degree, you would be given opportunities to present your work at seminars and conferences and possibly in refereed research publications.

Teaching methods

A PhD is a not a taught course. Students are expected to initiate their learning and development through seeking out opportunities provided by the University.

The PhD is an in-depth research of a chosen topic supported by supervisory team of two or more academic staff over a period of three years full time. You will have access to our wide ranging Researcher Development Programme (RDP), supporting the enhancement of your research skills.

Progression is monitored at key regular intervals (8 and 20 months).

Course experts

Programme Leader Jane McClinchy

What’s next for my career?

By undertaking a PhD at the University of Hertfordshire you will gain:

  • Recognition through showcasing the output of your research at the national and international forums
  • Recognition as an expert in your field of research by publishing your work in peer reviewed and impactful scientific journals
  • An internationally recognised research qualification
  • Advanced subject expertise at postgraduate level
  • Research skills through practice and extensive research experience

Employers are looking for high calibre graduates with advanced skills who can demonstrate independence through research and have track record of publication in their field of research.

Entry Requirements

An honours degree (normally at least 2:1 or above) in an appropriate discipline.

Who is eligible to apply?

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