Make a substantial and original contribution to knowledge in the fields of health, education or social care. Work as part of our research community in an inspiring, multidisciplinary setting.
Our faculty’s research encompasses researchers and research students from many health, social care and education backgrounds and who therefore represent a range of academic interests. Research in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education is located in our two Schools of Nursing & Midwifery and of Education & Social Care.
Our research and associated doctoral studies reflects our successful submissions to the Research Excellence Framework (2013) evaluation which is conducted nationally every few years. It relates to a number of specialist themes.
Health-related research: Workforce, patient/carer experience, stress, ageing, dementia, pain, falls, and childhood obesity.
Social care research: Marginalised communities (adult and young people), models of care, and community engagement.
Education research: Pedagogical research, special educational needs, early childhood.
We invite applications towards study for MPhil or PhD on topics within these broad areas. Established, world-leading academics support the programmes. The sheer breadth of activity here creates an inspiring environment, as well as the opportunity to share ideas with professionals from many sectors.
Course contact: Dr Adriana Sandu
In order to support you, we will compile a specialist team of supervisors that reflects your research interests and supervisory needs.
Your supervisors will meet with you regularly to provide advice and guidance with your studies and with the writing of your thesis that is the basis of the course assessment. Your primary supervisor will also help prepare you for your attendance at faculty reviews of your progress.
Find out more about our Supervisors by their department
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.
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 2018/19 the bench fee bands are:
Initial registration: £1,100
Full registration: £3,500
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.
Research and professional training will be part of your programme, with workshops including scientific writing and publishing, research methods, subject updates and conference presentation.
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.
Part-time research (6 years)
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