Medical Engineering 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.


Join an innovative group of engineers, scientists, physicians and industry partners working at the forefront of medical engineering.

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Full description

Supervision and support

We can accommodate a wide range of research proposals in the broad areas of computation and experimental biomechanics, biomaterials, gait and postural analysis.

There’s a good mix of supervisors available, including hospital engineers, clinicians and our own academics, and we can arrange mentoring from the USA for relevant projects. This lends itself well to multidisciplinary or international projects.

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?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Special facilities

Our new medical engineering laboratory houses an impressive equipment list including medical imaging and engineering simulation packages such as MIMICS, COMSOL, ABAQUS, ANSYS, CATIA, materials (Bose Electroforce), mechanical (Instron) testing machines and a scanning electron microscope for the modelling of joint tissues and predicting performances of surgical techniques and implant designs; a Vicon motion tracking system and AMTI force plates to acquire high-quality kinematics and kinetics during posture, locomotion and functional/athletic tasks; Novel emed-X plantar force measurement system and pedar in-shoe plantar to investigate foot pathologies and insole designs; a Tekscan pressure measurement system to assess knee joint contact forces; a combined photoplethysmography and Doppler system to assess venous function.

Fees & funding

Course fees

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


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


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


Our research students build strong networks in academia and industry, which creates exciting career opportunities.

You’ll gain transferrable skills through our postgraduate research training programme, as well as a sound working knowledge of our advanced laboratory equipment and techniques.

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 hoping to join the MPhil, or MPhil with possibility of transfer to PhD, you’ll need to hold a first or upper second class honours degree of a university, or any other institution of higher education in the UK with degree-awarding powers or a qualification which is regarded by Anglia Ruskin as equivalent to a first or upper second class honours degree.

International students

To apply for our postgraduate research degrees, students from outside the European Union require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent test score). For more information on international entry requirements please visit our international student webpages.

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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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