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Older adults' food choice and dietary intake

PGR-P-232

Key facts

Type of research degree
PhD
Application deadline
Ongoing deadline
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Funding
Competition funded
Supervisors
Dr Hannah Ensaff
Schools
School of Food Science and Nutrition
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

The UK&rsquo;s ageing demographic brings social and economic challenges, particularly related to the healthcare of the growing older population. Research gaps have been identified in &lsquo;active and healthy ageing&rsquo;, and nutrition has been highlighted as critical in its contribution to older adults&rsquo; health and wellbeing. Physiological, psychosocial, and economic changes that may accompany ageing, can influence food choice and act as barriers to a healthy diet in later life. Given the role of nutrition in healthy ageing and the growing older population, this PhD looks to better understand the food choice and dietary intake of older adults (living independently in the community). Using a mixed methods approach, the work will look to inform effective strategies to improve diet and nutrition in later life. Existing national datasets will be used to investigate older adults&rsquo; dietary intake and food choice behaviour. Qualitative data will be collected and analysed to explore older adults&rsquo; perceptions, perspectives and practices relating to their food choice and dietary behaviour.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>The earliest start date for this project is 1 October 2020.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130206/applying/91/applying_for_research_degrees">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is &lsquo;Older adults&#39; food choice and dietary intake&rsquo; as well as&nbsp;<a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/food-nutrition/staff/7164/dr-hannah-ensaff">Dr Hannah Ensaff</a> as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p><strong>Self-Funding Students</strong></p> <p><strong>Funding Eligibility</strong></p> <p><strong>UK/EU</strong> &ndash;&nbsp;Leeds Doctoral Scholarship Award paying Academic Fees and Maintenance matching EPSRC rate of &pound;15,009 per year for 3 years, School of Food Science Scholarship award paying Academic Fees and Maintenance matching EPSRC rate of &pound;15,009 per year for 3 years.&nbsp; Alumni Bursary is available to previous University of Leeds graduates offering 10% discount on Academic Fees.</p> <p><strong>International Students</strong> &ndash;&nbsp;China Scholarship Council-University of Leeds Scholarship Award paying Academic Fees for 3 years,&nbsp;School of Food Science Scholarship award paying Academic Fees for 3 years, Commonwealth Scholarship and Commonwealth Split Site Scholarships.&nbsp; Alumni Bursary is available to previous University of Leeds graduates offering 10% discount on Academic Fees.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information regarding your application, please contact Doctoral College Admissions by&nbsp;email:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:maps.pgr.admissions@leeds.ac.uk">maps.pgr.admissions@leeds.ac.uk</a>, or by telephone: +44 (0)113 343 5057.</p> <p>For further information regarding the project, please contact Dr Hannah Ensaff by email:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="mailto:H.Ensaff@leeds.ac.uk">H.Ensaff@leeds.ac.uk</a></p>


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