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PhD Studentship - Sweet Taste Exposure and Sweet Taste Intake

Bournemouth University - Faculty of Science and Technology

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

Lead Supervisor name: Prof. Katherine Appleton

This project aims to investigate the impact of sweet taste exposure on sweet taste preferences and intakes. Recent guidelines recommend a global reduction in free sugar consumption, and various public health bodies suggest reducing the consumption of sweet tasting foods to facilitate this, but the impact of (reduced) sweet taste exposure on sweet taste preferences and intakes remains unknown. The work will involve the largest randomised controlled trial to date, where 150 healthy normal or overweight adults will be allocated to undertake one of three diets for six months, and outcomes including sweetness preferences, perceptions of sweetness intensity, food choice, dietary intake, body weight and adverse events will be assessed. In advance of the trial, several required measures must also be developed and validated. The work is intended to provide fundamental knowledge on the impact of sweet taste exposure on sweet taste preferences, sweet food intakes and a variety of dietary measures, including body weight. These findings will provide evidence for recommendations to reduce sweet food intake and sweetness levels in foods, and will aid the food industry in formulating and reformulating food products. Secondary outcomes include the development of novel measures for use in this upcoming area of research.

The project is funded by Bournemouth University, UK, and Wageningen University, NL, and the work will be undertaken in Bournemouth and Wageningen, so the student must be willing to work in both places for extended periods.

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 4 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.

Applicants will be asked to submit an online application form and a proposal (c. 1500 words) outlining their understanding of the project for which they are applying, the approach they would envisage taking and what qualities they will bring to the research community.

Please note:

  • Current BU Doctoral students are not eligible to apply for a Studentship
  • Current MRes/MPhil students can apply, subject to satisfactory completion of their Research Degree prior to being able to take up the award
  • PhD Studentships cannot be used to support BU staff to complete doctoral programmes

Additional Eligibility

The candidate must be willing to work in both the UK and the Netherlands for periods for this project.

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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