Analytical Chemistry MPhil, PhD

Research ( full-time, part-time)


January 2017, June 2017, April 2017, September 2017

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 to 5 years. Part-time, from 3 to 6 years.

PhD: Full-time, from 2 to 5 years. Part-time, from 3 to 6 years.


Our Analytical Chemistry Group has research interests and expertise spanning criminal forensic science, environmental sampling, archaeology, geology, pathology and drug analysis.

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Full description

Supervision and support

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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:

  • Dr Sarah Hall - Fire debris analysis, environmental analysis and detection of pharmaceuticals and drugs in the environment, water sterlisation methods and formation of associated by-products.
  • Dr Lata Gautam - detection of drugs in alternative matrices, drugs synthesis and profiling, drug facilitated sexual assault, shoe polish, lipstick and perfume analysis, detection of drugs in wastewater and surface water, resource efficiency and sustainability in forensic science.
  • Dr Rahul Pathak - Forces required to penetrate different types of clothing to produce wounding.
  • Prof John Waterhouse - Isotopic Dendroclimatology, Mammalian Semiochemistry.
  • Kerry-Ann Milic - Identification of human remains.
  • Dr Leesa Ferguson - Use of spectoscopy techniques in the analysis of latent fingermarks, forensic analysis of inks, detection of drugs of abuse on paper currency and other matrices, forensic analysis of legal highs.

Where you'll research

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a 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 and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Specialist facilities

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.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)


International students, 2016/17 (MPhil/Phd/MD (Res) per year, full time)


UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year, part time)


Writing up, 2016/17 (UK & EU students)


Writing up, 2016/17 (International students)


UK, EU & International 2016/17 Bench fee ranges from 1000 to 7000


PhD by Published Work, 2016/17 (Initial registration)


PhD by Published Work, 2016/17 (Full registration)


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For advice on funding and scholarships please visit our finance pages for postgraduate students and researchers. Where available, the ARU jobs search lists research positions/scholarships.

You might also find The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding helpful.

ARU research

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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.

Contact details

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If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities, please email

Entry requirements

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If you’re seeking admission to the degree of MPhil, MPhil with the possibility of transfer to PhD, you’ll normally be required to hold a first or upper second class Honours degree from a university, or any other institution of higher education in the UK with degree-awarding powers. Alternatively, a qualification regarded by Anglia Ruskin as equivalent to a first or upper second class Honours degree may be accepted.

International students

  • If English is not your first language, you'll require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent test score).
  • It's possible that research in this area will need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate. If we make you an offer to study with us we'll also give you the information you need to apply to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for your ATAS certificate. Receiving the ATAS certificate takes approximately four weeks.
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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

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.

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UK & EU applicants

01245 68 68 68

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International applicants

+44 1245 68 68 68

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