LHS Research Degrees Programme

We offer an extensive range of exciting research opportunities through PhD projects in Biomedical Sciences, Health Sciences or Neurosciences, and Professional Doctorate Programmes in Optometry & Medicine (DOptom / MD).

See our range of PhD research projects for self-funded students or contact our researchers  directly with your own relevant research proposal.

One of our current PhD projects is 'The role of shadows in 3D vision: a computational approach'   
with Dr Andrew Schofield.

  • You should have been awarded, or expect to achieve, a Masters degree in a relevant subject with a 60% or higher weighted average, and/or a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution).
  • Non-native speakers of English are normally also required to satisfy minimum English language requirements. Find more information HERE. Our School's requirements are:
  • IELTS:  Minimum Overall Score of: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in each section)

  • TOEFL (Internet-based Only):   Minimum Overall Score of 93  (minimum in Reading: 18, Writing:  23,Listening: 19 and Speaking: 19)

  • PEARSON:   Minimum Overall Score of: 63  (minimum of 57  in each section).

Reading  Writing  Listening Speaking  Total
6.0  6.0   6.0   6.0 6.5
Reading Writing  Listening Speaking Total
18 23  19  19  93
Pearson Academic           
Reading Writing  Listening Speaking Total
57 57  57 57 63

2018/19 Entry 

Full-Time: £4,260 p.a.  Part-Time: £2,130 p.a.

Full-Time only: £17,000 p.a.

2019/20 Entry

Full-TIme: £4,327 p.a.  Part-Time: £2163.50 p.a.

Full-Time only: £17,500 p.a.

We strongly encourage you to contact the relevant academic supervisors BEFORE applying online. This will help you to understand the requirements and expectations of the research project, and to decide if you think it is a good match for you.

If you wish to go ahead and make an application, please apply online
As part of the Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP), we have fully funded PhD studentships available in the School of Life & Health Sciences at Aston for 2020 in the following areas: Ageing, Diet and Health, Immunology, Industrial Biotechnology, Microbial food safety, Microbiology, Neuroscience and behaviour, Pharmaceuticals, Regenerative biology, Structural Biology. See the MIBTP website for details. If you wish to apply for an Aston project, please contact the named Aston supervisor and apply online to Aston following the guidance provided.

Closing date: 12 January 2020

Fully Funded Full-Time PhD Studentship

Application of a novel mathematical modelling approach for paediatric formulation development

Supervisors: Prof. Afzal Mohammed (LHS), Dr Affiong lyire (LHS) & Dr Randa Herzallah (SEAS)

Closing date for all applications: Friday, 31st January 2020

Fully Funded  Full-Time PhD Studentship
Supervisors: Prof. Ivan Wall (LHS) and Dr Richard Martin (SEAS)
Closing date for all applications: Friday, 31st January 2020