Biomedical Science 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.


Biomedical science explores the basis of disease, and searches for new treatments. In our dedicated laboratories you can pursue your training in a number of aspects of biomedical science research.

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Full description

Supervision and support

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Our supervisory staff are recognised experts in their field. Their research expertise includes:

  • Dr Claire Pike - Cancer, Molecular Biology, Molecular Genetics, Epigenetics
  • Dr Peter Coussons - Transglutaminase enzymes, Cancer, Antioxidants, Catalytic antibodies, Erythropoietin and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Dr Richard Jones - Macular degeneration
  • Dr Havovi Chichger - Vascular disease and diabetes
  • Dr Linda King - Lipotoxicity and impairment of insulin signalling in type II diabetes
  • Dr Nicholas Pugh - Platelet signalling pathways
  • Dr Grisha Pirianov - Regulation of the inflammatory response, proinflammatory mediators, tol-like receptors, anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Peter Coussons - investigation into the mechanism by which human recombinant erythropoietin (rHuEPO) modulates glycoaminoglycan turnover in a nitric oxide synthase (NOS)-dependent porcine explant model of rheumatoid arthritis, the role of transglutaminase enzymes in cell cycle control and cell death and mechanisms underpinning glycation chemistry in models of oxidative disease states.

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

Here are some of the facilities you’ll find within our dedicated laboratories.

  • tissue culture (developing cell transfection expression systems)
  • different cell lines (Swiss 3T3 fibroblasts, HepG2 hepatocytes and CAKI-2 kidney cells)
  • flow cytometry
  • FISH - Fluorescence in situ hybridization
  • PCR genetics (real time PCR and standard PCR)
  • biochemistry (i.e. SDS page / western blotting)
  • DNA sequencing facilities.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU 2016/17 Continuing MPhilPhD


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


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


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


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


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


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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.


We will thoroughly equip you for your research programme and wider career. Training includes a one-week certified training programme in tissue culture, with additional technical instruction as required. Relevant courses will be introduced as required. Students are encouraged to attend departmental seminars, as well as participate in regular meetings of PhD students and post-docs. Your knowledge of current research will be enhanced, and your ability to present your work fostered.

You will also be trained in academic research skills such as scientific writing, library use, ethics and conference presentation.

Contact details

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

Entry requirements


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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