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PhD Studentship: Reducing free sugar intakes: Evidence for effective dietary recommendations

Bournemouth University - Faculty of Science & Technology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bournemouth
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,000
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 25th March 2019
Closes: 24th April 2019

Faculty of Science and Technology

Funding amount: £15,000 maintenance grant per annum

Lead Supervisor name: Professor Katherine Appleton

Project description:  This project aims to investigate the impact of different recommendations to reduce free sugar intakes, on free sugar intakes and complete dietary profiles in individuals with high free sugar intakes. A further aim will be to investigate a role for low calorie sweeteners in adherence to the recommendations. The work will be undertaken using a randomized controlled trial with both quantitative and qualitative outcomes, assessing dietary profiles, food choice and food preferences, adherence to recommendations and barriers and facilitators to dietary change. The work is intended to provide fundamental knowledge on reducing free sugar intakes through demonstration of the effectiveness of different types of recommendations for encouraging dietary change, and the role of low calorie sweeteners in this change. The work will also further understanding of the barriers and facilitators to making this specific dietary change, and the potential changes in free sugar intakes that can be achieved. Findings will be of value to Governments, health professionals and the food industry around the world.

The project is funded by Bournemouth University and the International Sweeteners Association.

Please see the full project description for further details.

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,000 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years.

Studentship candidates must demonstrate outstanding academic potential with a 1st class honours degree and/or a Master’s degree with distinction. An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6 in each component) is essential for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

In addition to satisfying basic entry criteria, BU will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful and timely completion.

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 24 April 2019.

For further information on how to apply click the ‘Apply’ button below or email

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