Optometry and Vision Sciences MPhil, PhD

Research ( full-time, part-time)


January, April, September

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.


Study your research degree with a well-funded, internationally published academic team that’s making exciting discoveries.

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Supervision and support

Our supervisory staff are recognised experts in their field. They gained their own PhDs in a variety of institutions internationally and act as expert reviewers for vision journals and other PhD awarders.

They’ll bring this experience to supervising your programme, whether at regular formal reviews or advising you day-to-day.

Their research expertise includes:

  • Dr Sarah Waugh - Visual acuity, contour interaction and crowding for luminance, luminance-modulated noise and contrast-modulated noise letters and symbols, Binocular vision, amblyopia and interocular suppression, Amblyopia, paediatric, ageing and anomalous spatial vision, e.g., nystagmus, Visual electrophysiology (VEPs) in normal, developing and anomalous vision, Clinical optometry, particularly developing, ageing and amblyopic vision.
  • Dr Senay Aydin - Ageing and visual perception using methods of psychophysics, visual evoked potent potentials and eye-movement recordings.
  • Dr Monika Formankiewicz - Basic mechanisms of spatial vision and how images are combined across the two eyes, human colour vision.
  • Dr Keziah Latham - Assessment of function and optimization of rehabilitation for people with visual impairment.
  • Dr Yvonne Norgett - Children's vision, Visual Acuity Charts, Clinical Standard Setting - Objective Structured Clinical Exams.
  • Dr Holly Price - Peripheral retinal function in different refractive groups.

Where you'll research

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, 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, technology and engineering 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 state-of-the-art psychophysical and elctrophysiological systems for studying vision, eye movements and the visual brain, as well as access to the facilities of partners such as Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2018/19 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2018/19 (Part-time, per year)


International students, 2018/19 (per year)


International students, 2018/19 (part-time, per year)


Bench fees

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.

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 for a place. If have to pay bench fees this will be stated in your offer letter.

For 2018/19 the bench fee bands are:

  1. £500
  2. £1000
  3. £2000
  4. £4000
  5. £8000

PhD by Published Work

Initial registration: £1100
Full registration: £3500

Writing up fees 2018-19

Full-time: £1400
Part-time: £1000


For advice on funding, scholarships and PhD studentship opportunities, please visit our finance pages for postgraduate students and researchers.

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

ARU research

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.


To help you get the most from your programme we’ll provide comprehensive research training. Topics include research methods, academic writing and publishing, and conference presentation.

Contact details

If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities, please email SE-research@anglia.ac.uk

Entry requirements

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 most candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil. If you want to apply for direct entry to the PhD route, you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this with your application.

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.

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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