Research ( full-time, part-time)
January, April, September
MPhil: Full-time, from 1 to 3 years. Part-time, from 2 to 4 years.
PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: Full-time, from 2.5 to 5 years. Part-time, from 3.5 to 6 years.
PhD: Full-time, from 2 to 4 years. Part-time, from 3 to 6 years.
For further guidance on the duration of Research Degrees please refer to the Research Degrees Regulations.
Our Analytical Chemistry Group has research interests and expertise spanning criminal forensic science, environmental sampling, archaeology, geology, pathology and drug analysis.
We can offer you the opportunity to undertake analysis-based research in a wide variety of fields and are always very happy to consider thesis proposals.
Recent thesis projects have focused on analysis of materials such as ground water and soil; human hair, animal hair and feathers; archaeological artefacts; drugs and other toxins; glass.
Whatever your topic of interest, we can offer you friendly, expert supervision, excellent scientific facilities and regular invitations to take part in research conferences and seminars.
Your research programme will include comprehensive research training, as well as professional and personal development relevant to your career.
If you've already conducted research and published work that demonstrates an independent and original contribution to knowledge in this field you may wish to apply for a PhD by Published Work.
You’ll have a director of studies and at least one other formal supervisor. Both will have expertise in your areas of research.
Where necessary we can call on our partners in industry and other institutions to provide additional, specialist supervision or advice.
Our supervisory staff are recognised experts in their field. Their research expertise includes:
The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science, technology and engineering fields. This is key to all of our futures.
We’ve up-to-date analytical equipment including advanced optical and electron microscopes, IR, Raman and X-ray spectrometers, GC-MS, GC, ion, chromatography, HPLC, AAS, ICP-OES and XRD.
You can also utilise our new stable isotope facility.
In some cases extra costs known as bench fees will be charged for a postgraduate research degree. These are to cover additional/exceptional costs directly related to a specific research project.
Some examples of these costs are (the list is not exhaustive): equipment hire, access costs to specialist equipment/workshops, volunteer expenses, specialist tissue/cell culture, specialist reagents or materials, specialist software, access to specialist databases, data collection costs, specialist media, recording or digital storage needs.
We charge bench fees in bands. They may apply for every year of your course. These bands are the same for full- and part-time students.
If you have to pay bench fees this will be made clear at your interview, and stated in your offer letter.
For 2021/22 the bench fee bands are:
Part time: £1,000
Full time: £1,800
Initial registration: £1,300
Full registration: £4,000
Anglia Ruskin's academic excellence was recognised in 2014, as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Twelve areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.
There are compulsory research training and professional development modules, designed to help you get the most from your research programme and get ahead in your career.
If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities, please email SEfirstname.lastname@example.org
MPhil or PhD with progression from MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelor degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.
PhD: You’ll need a Master degree or equivalent in a related subject area.
Please note we consider candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil in the first instance. If you want to be considered for direct entry to the PhD route then this can be discussed at interview if you are shortlisted. Please note you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this request.
If English is not your first language, you'll require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent test). If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning in September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.
Studying during COVID-19
Due to national restrictions all universities in England, including ARU, are only able to provide face to face access to research resources in limited circumstances where access can be justified under movement restrictions. Visit our restrictions page for details. All assessments and supervision are currently conducted online.
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic and related Government guidance, your research programme will be framed, wherever possible, to be conducted away from campus and in line with movement restrictions. For some types of research attendance on campus will be essential for some activities, and these activities will need to be undertaken in a COVID-19 safe manner in line with our risk management procedures.
In the event that there are further changes to the current restrictions that are in place within the UK due to the pandemic, we may need all of our researchers to work online only at short notice to remain in line with Government guidelines and ensure the continued safety of our students and staff.
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