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Nutrition Doctoral Studentship
School of Sport, Health and Applied Science

Deadline for applications: Friday 25th July
Interview date: Friday 1st August

Applications are invited for a fully-funded full-time three-year PhD studentship at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, to begin on 1st October 2014. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr Yiannis Mavrommatis on a topic addressing any aspect of Nutrition (for further information please email: yiannis.mavrommatis@smuc.ac.uk). A potential topic to investigate would be the genetic predisposition to salt sensitivity and its effects on dietary salt intake and hypertension, but other topics would be considered.

The studentship will provide full-time PhD student fees of £4,040 pa and a bursary of £13,000 pa

Applicants should possess:

  • a Masters Degree with Distinction from a UK University in a relevant discipline as well as an established knowledge or
  • a Masters degree with Merit from a UK University, including a Distinction grade for the Dissertation (or equivalent)

In addition applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in written and spoken English.

To apply, please download and complete a PhD Studentship application form and send it together with a current CV to:

Cindy Croucher-Wright
St Mary’s University
Waldegrave Road
Strawberry Hill
Twickenham TW1 4SX

Tel: 020 8240 4164
Email: cindy.croucher-wright@smuc.ac.uk

Research Degrees at St Mary's

A research degree involves defining your own area of research enquiry, and working closely with a team who will guide and support you. However, you should be aware that a research degree is very much an independent piece of work and as such requires the ability to structure and manage your own time.

St Mary's University's PhD programmes (and provision for research degree registration) currently lead to awards of the University of Surrey.  The University of Surrey is an award-granting body by Royal Charter and has in place arrangements with St Mary's University to assure the quality of all programmes leading to its awards.
All students registered for awards of the University of Surrey are bound by appropriate general regulations of the University.  Students registered for the PhD programme at St Mary's can access (via the St Mary's intranet), copies of those general regulations of the University which apply to them and are governed by the University’s appeals procedures prescribed therein.

We offer the opportunity to study for an MPhil or PhD, working on your research project alongside highly experienced researchers.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

An MPhil is normally in the region of 40,000 words in length and is usually completed within two years full-time and four years part-time.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

A PhD is normally in the region of 80,000 words and no more than 100,000 words, and is usually completed within three years full-time or six years part-time.

In both cases you will be examined through your thesis and by viva voce examination. All students who have not already completed appropriate postgraduate research methods training, are required to complete a suitable research methodology course early in their registration as part of their programme of study. This will provide you with a firm grounding for your research project.

These programmes offered are currently awarded by the University of Surrey.


You should have a Masters and academic interest that closely coincides with the academic expertise of a member of staff. If you are an international student (not from the UK or the EU), there are other eligibility requirements.

How to Apply

All potential research students must discuss their proposal with the member of academic staff in one of the Academic Schools.

School of Arts and Humanities

Contact lance.pettitt@smuc.ac.uk

School of Education, Theology and Leadership

Contact jane.renowden@smuc.ac.uk

School of Sport, Health and Applied Science

Contact charles.pedlar@smuc.ac.uk

School of Management and Social Sciences

Contact lise.georgeson@smuc.ac.uk

Following an initial discussion, if we can support you in your research one of the following options will be offered with appropriate forms provided:

Pre-registration with St Mary's

This is a preparatory stage to develop your proposal for application to full registration (if required).

Full registration with St Mary's and the University of Surrey*

If the academic staff consider that your proposal is sufficiently developed they may advise application to full registration. Once approved by St Mary's and the University of Surrey*, your research can begin.

More information about the application process can be found in the following documents:


Fees vary depending on mode of study, area of study and student status, i.e. whether you are full-time or part-time, which subject you are studying and whether you are a UK, EU or International student. Annual fees for the MPhil / PhD programmes of study can be found on the Home and EU students fee page and on the International students fee page.

*St Mary’s University Research Degrees are currently validated by the University of Surrey