Ph. D. On Campus

Food and Society

Newcastle University

36 months
30400 EUR/year
10607 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The supervision of the Food and Society  from Newcastle University covers a number of topics supported by research active academic staff. We conduct research in all areas of food and society, including subjects which require collaboration between the social and natural sciences, and translate research into policy recommendations. 


The research of the Food and Society  from Newcastle University primarily involves food systems, food consumption and food marketing:

  • consumer studies in food, food provisioning and behaviour change
  • perceived risk associated with food and food production
  • food supply chains and territorial development
  • international political economy of food and agriculture
  • risk-benefit communication
  • acceptance of novel food and technologies within the value chain

Opportunities are available for postgraduate research in the following areas.

Understanding and measuring societal and individual responses to risks and benefits
  • food, nutrition and healthy dietary choices
  • sustainable consumption and the reduction of food waste
  • food safety and authenticity throughout the supply chain
  • emerging food technologies
Developing new methodologies for assessing socio-economic impacts of food risks and communication strategies and other public health interventions related to food choice
  • systematic review
  • evidence synthesis
  • systems thinking
  • Bayesian networks
  • rapid evidence assessment
Employing qualitative and quantitative methodologies to understand attitudes and behaviours related to food
  • microbiological food hazards
  • personalised nutrition
  • food authenticity
  • societal and consumer responses to emerging food production technologies
  • behaviour change in relation to food
  • food waste
Stakeholder analysis and effectiveness of public engagement
  • research agenda setting
  • policy and governance, in the area of emerging food technologies
  • food and agricultural policy issues
Integrating social and natural science into the development of predictive models of food security to provide evidence for policy translation in the agrifood sector.
  • Bayesian networks
  • systems thinking

Programme Structure

Course Overview:

Our Science, Agriculture and Engineering Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme aims to help you develop the skills and experience that the UK Research Councils expect you to have, or to develop, during your research degree.

Our programme will help you to:

  • complete a training needs analysis, so that you know what your current skills are and where you need help and development
  • use your training needs analysis to create your personal development plan
  • identify appropriate workshops or other events that will help you most and best address your development needs
  • gain the personal and professional key skills development for the successful completion of your research degree

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The course starts in September, but we consider January and April start dates. We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. 


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject.
  • We usually expect research experience and/or a postgraduate qualification, such as a MRes or MSc, for PhD study. Please contact us if you are in any doubt.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30400 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • National

    10607 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10607 EUR per year during 36 months.

HomeFull time: £4,407 - £10,607*

Part time: £2,203.50 - £5,303.50*


Full time: £24,000 - £30,400

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

560 - 991 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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