Staff profile

Dr Matt Higgins

Senior Lecturer in Sport & Exercise Nutrition


Sport and Exercise Science


College of Life and Natural Sciences


Life Sciences


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



Dr Higgins is a research active sport and exercise scientist who is passionate about the scientific underpinnings of human nutrition and metabolism. His research interests are predominantly based around the impact of a variety of nutrients/compounds on human health and sport/exercise performance. He has authored a number of high impact academic journal papers and has worked extensively with UK and International academic and industrial partners. To date, he has generated over £300k income for the University of Derby.

Teaching responsibilities

Dr Higgins's teaching focusses on the following areas:

Research interests

Dr Higgins primary research interests are:


Dr Higgins is an invited reviewer for the following journals:


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

Prior to his academic career Dr. Higgins spent 7 years as a Management Consultant working for global companies Accenture and Siemens. During his academic career, Dr. Higgins has also worked extensively with industrial external partners, including (but not limited to) the following:

- BerryPharma -

- PDO Biotech -

International experience

Dr Higgins is currently collaborating with external partners in Europe (Germany/Italy) and Asia (Taiwan) on a number of nutritional and metabolism orientated projects.

In the media

In addition to his academic publications Dr. Higgins has also written the following blog articles:

Recent publications