Differences in nutrient bioavailability and tolerance between sheep and cow milk

Project Code: 10395150

Faculty: Liggins Institute

Department: Liggins Institute

Main Supervisor: Dr Amber Milan (amil520)

Application open date: 08 Jan 2018

Application deadline: 01 Jun 2018

Enrolment information: NZ Citizens, NZ Permanent Residents, International


While cow milk is the predominant animal milk consumed in New Zealand, it may be unsuitable to some consumers due to digestive complaints or preferences. Sheep milk is an alternate animal milk with a differing protein and lipid profile. These differences impact the physical characteristics of milk which are important during digestion, and are likely to influence the relative nutrient bioavailability and digestive effects. These digestive differences after the acute ingestion of sheep milk have not been studied in humans, yet have important implications for the metabolism and efficacy of ingested nutrients and their impacts on human health.

What we are looking for in a successful applicant

In this masters project, you will develop the following skills:

  • clinical trial management
  • clinical chemistry analysis
  • statistical analysis

This MSc project aims to compare the acute digestive tolerance and nutrient bioavailability, including proteins, lipids and micronutrients, between sheep and cow milk in a randomised control trial.

Other information

To apply for this project you need a BSc (Hons) in a relevant subject and a strong academic record with a GPA (Grade Point Average) of at least 7.0.

This project is not funded, but the University of Auckland offers a number of scholarships for masters students. Search the database of scholarships.