PhD Studentship in Nutrition and Health: Milk Proteins and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

University of Reading

Project title:  Milk Proteins and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Department/School: Food and Nutritional Sciences


Professor Julie Lovegrove, Dr Les Crompton, Dr Kim Jackson and Professor Ian Givens

Project Overview:   Evidence from long-term prospective studies indicates that high consumption of some dairy products, a rich source of branched chain amino acids (BCAA) is associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Despite this, higher circulating BCAA concentrations have been associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. This project aims to rationalise this apparent conflict of evidence using human randomised controlled trials and associated biochemistry.


  • Applicants should hold or expect to gain a minimum of a 2:1 Honours bachelor’s degree or equivalent in nutrition or a related subject.
  • Due to restrictions on the funding this studentship is only open to UK/Republic of Ireland students.

Funding Details:   

  • Starts September 2023.
  • Three-year award.
  • Full tuition fees plus a £18,622 stipend for UK/Republic of Ireland student.

How to apply:  

To apply for this studentship please submit an application for a PhD in Nutrition and Health at: .

*Important notes*

Please quote the reference GS23-088 in the ‘Scholarships applied for’ box which appears within the Funding Section of your on-line application.

Application Deadline:  30th July 2023

Further Enquiries:  

Please note that, where a candidate is successful in being awarded funding, this will be confirmed via a formal studentship award letter; this will be provided separately from any Offer of Admission and will be subject to standard checks for eligibility and other criteria.

For further details please contact Professor Ian Givens (email: [email protected] )

or Professor Julie Lovegrove (email: [email protected] ).

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