PhD Studentship: The Influence of Whey Protein Supplementation on Free-living Glycaemic Control in People with Type 2 diabetes

Newcastle University

Name of supervisor(s): Dr Daniel West and Professor Emma Stevenson.

Interested in clinical nutrition research? This PhD project, funded by industry partners Arla Foods Ingredients (Denmark), will explore the impact of whey protein on free-living glucose control in people with Type 2 diabetes.

The research will be examining how small doses of whey protein can be used at meal times to help prevent people experiencing excessively high glucose excursions, as well as improve people’s satiety. In addition, a range of physiological and biochemistry methods will be employed. Moreover, the successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to work across themes in the Human Nutrition Research Centre and the Diabetes Research Group within the Institute of Cellular Medicine.

You must have, or expect to achieve, a 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a subject relating to exercise science, including: Sport and exercise science, biomedicine and nutrition. A further qualification such as an MSc or MRes is advantageous.

The award is available to UK/EU and international applicants. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 7, with at least 6.5 in the written component, or equivalent.

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’.  Only mandatory fields need to be completed. However, you will need to include the following information:

  • insert the programme code 8300F in the programme of study section
  • select academic year 2017/2018
  • select ‘PhD Faculty of Medical Sciences – Diabetes‘ as the programme of study 
  • insert the studentship code CL102 in the studentship/partnership reference field 
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote the studentship reference code CL102 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project 
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.

For further details, please contact: 

Dr Daniel West, Newcastle University Research Fellow, Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University.

Email:; tel: +44 (0) 191 2087076

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,553, for 3 years. Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU and international fee.

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