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The Vice Chancellor's PhD Studentships


With Anglia Ruskin you can pursue your passion.

Apply for one of our fully funded PhD studentships, and join a community of researchers committed to making a profound difference to the world around us.

Apply today

Here's how:

A panel will review applications and draw up a shortlist. If you’re shortlisted, we’ll invite you to an interview (please note that you’ll be required to attend a face-to-face interview).

If you have any questions about our Vice Chancellor's PhD Studentships, please call Becky Kraszewski on 01245 684920

Studentship research areas

Our studentships offer the chance to undertake doctoral research in a selected range of disciplinary areas.

This year we have an exciting new offering of research opportunities, closely aligned to Anglia Ruskin’s long-term strategy of delivering transformative research with regional and international impact.


A is for apple: reimagining Genesis and the Fall for child audiences

An investigation of the communication and understanding of infant risk of obesity

Application and adherence to physical activity: nature vs nurture

Aptamer-based proximity ligation assay for the sensitive, specific and early diagnosis of invasive candidiasis

Colour vision deficiencies and education

Differentiating domestic abuse: developing an evidence-based responses to family-related violence

Does the use of hormonal contraceptives increase the risk of depression and anxiety? Systematic review and secondary data analysis of UK longitudinal data

Enhancing healthcare innovation through entrepreneurial action

Evaluating the relationships between gender identity, sexual orientation, and employment/well-being outcomes

Future cities: governing low-carbon energy transitions

New markers for the early detection of glaucoma

Rethinking Europe

The cultural relevance of current language used in existing validated measures to assess mental health and wellbeing in adolescence

The impact of human factors on high-stakes, complex clinical decision-making and the effective use of cognitive aids

The impact of sexual history evidence on mock jury deliberation in rape trials


Successful applicants will benefit from a fee waiver and a stipend/bursary at Research Councils UK (RCUK) level. As PhDs run for three years, your stipend will be uplifted in line with RCUK recommendations for each year of study.

Entry requirements

The Vice Chancellor's PhD Studentships are open to full-time UK/EU applicants.

To apply, you’ll need:

  • a 1st class bachelor degree from a UK institution (or equivalent)
  • OR a 2:1 bachelor degree from a UK institution (or equivalent) and a Masters at Merit level or above (or equivalent)
  • AND an IELTS score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component, or equivalent test recognised by Anglia Ruskin University (if English is not your first language).

Your qualifications should be in an area related to the studentship you’re applying for.

You should be ready to submit your thesis within 3.5 years of starting your PhD. Please note that the University retains intellectual property rights to the research.

Download full terms and conditions

Other opportunities at ARU

As well as our Vice Chancellor’s PhD Studentships, we can supervise a range of research areas in our five faculties. You can apply with your own project ideas, or some faculties may also have self-funded research project opportunities available. Explore your options.