Hometown: Originally from Malta, now living in Edinburgh

 

About You

I read Biochemistry at the University of Edinburgh as my first degree. Having a passion for applied biochemistry, I decided to pursue a career in Nutrition. I did my master’s degree at QMU in Public Health Nutrition. I am a member of the Association for Nutrition and I am on the registration committee of the Association representing Associate Nutritionists.

After finishing my Masters, I started working with a local nutrition company that produces foods that compliment ketogenic diets for the management of epilepsy, metabolic disorders, certain cancers, diabetes as well as overall health.

I chose QMU for my Masters, and now for my PhD, due to its track record in nutrition research within Scotland. It has excellent links with industry and the Dietetics Nutrition and Biological Sciences (DNBS) staff members are knowledgeable in their field, making learning an even richer experience.

I chose Scotland, and especially Edinburgh, for the varied events that are held in the city. Edinburgh does not feel like a city, but rather it has that small town feel that makes it, and its people, very welcoming.

"I chose QMU for my masters and now for my PhD due to its track record in nutrition research within Scotland. It has excellent links with industry and the Dietetics Nutrition and Biological Sciences (DNBS) staff members are knowledgeable in their field making learning an even richer experience."
Ruth Buttigieg

The Course

I am hoping the PhD will allow me to develop my skills as a researcher and in critical thinking, helping to design health interventions that will benefit the community.  The workload of the PhD is as expected at this level. However, support from the DNBS staff is helping guide me.

I currently hold a scholarship from QMU for my PhD studies. This is allowing me to focus on my studies by removing the usual anxiety associated with financial pressures of postgraduate study I am confident that QMU will equip me with the knowledge I require to continue to develop my career by providing a supporting and empowering environment.

The top tips I would give to prospective students include:

Don’t be afraid about taking the leap to continuing further higher education.

Have good time management and choose a topic that you are passionate about.

Life After Graduation

I don’t have any set plans for when I graduate. However, I do want to continue along the lines of further research either in academia or in industry. My interests lie in nutrition interventions for the management of disease and prevention.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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