Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work

Research Opportunities

  • A research degree in the Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work allows you to develop your skills and contribute to internationally recognised health and sports research, supported by skilled staff and a vibrant research student community. Learn more about our research degrees and how to apply or look at the funding opportunities below

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  • Masters (MSc) by Research one year, full-time Studentship sponsored by Slimming World

    Bursary: £14,777 for academic year 2018/2019

    Fees: Tuition fees will be paid by the University

    Closing date: 28 November 2018, 5.00pm

    Interview Date(s): 4 or 10 December 2018

    Start date: 21 January 2019

    Project Title: The effects of ready meal consumption on appetite, satiety and subsequent food intake

    Director of Studies and main supervisor: Dr Sarah Hillier 

    2nd supervisor: Dr Helen Lightowler

    Eligibility: Applicants require a good Honours degree (2.1 or equivalent) in Nutrition or related subject. Applicants must have or be eligible for AfN registration as a Registered Associate Nutritionist (ARNutr). Home UK, EU only are eligible to apply.

    Project Description:

    In the last year alone, UK consumers have spent over £1.6 billion on supermarket ready meals. Statistica Consumer Goods predicts a market value growth in the ready meal industry of 19.5% between the years 2015-2019. Previous research investigating the composition of supermarket ready meals has found them to be high in protein, fat, saturated fat, whilst low in carbohydrates. As current NHS guidelines on weight management highlight decreasing fat intake, especially saturated fat, it is important to develop products that align more with NHS guidelines, whilst keeping consumers satiated and satisfied.

    This project aims to explore the scientific principles of satiety and energy density in a new range of commercially available ready meals and is sponsored by Slimming World.

    The project will be based in the Centre for Nutrition and Health at Oxford Brookes University. Oxford Brookes Centre for Nutrition and Health undertakes leading edge research focused on tackling overweight and obesity, improving glycaemic control and reducing inflammation, thereby helping to improve the health and well-being of the global population. https://www.brookes.ac.uk/shssw/nutrition/research/oxbcnh/

    For further information on the project please email: Dr Sarah E Hillier sarahhillier@brookes.ac.uk

    How to apply:

    Email the Research Administrator alangford@brookes.ac.uk for an application pack. Completed application forms should be returned to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk by the deadline.