Postgraduate Research Opportunities in Life & Health Sciences

We offer an extensive range of exciting research opportunities through PhD Programmes, Professional Doctorate Programmes (DOptom /PharmD) and the Doctor of Medicine Programme (MD).

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Professional Doctorate programmes are available in: 

A Doctor of Medicine (MD) programme is also available


Brazilian applicants interested in our PhD opportunities, please see: Science without Borders 

PhD Programmes:

Scholarships for Overseas students

Eight overseas PhD Scholarships are available on a competitive basis and applications are now being considered for April/July 2016 Registrations.These Scholarships of £7,000 a year are offset against current international tuition fees of £15,500 a year. 

Download the advert with further details on how to apply.


Vietnam-Vaccine Scholarships

Arising from the Aston-led 2014 BC workshop, “Enhancing vaccine design strategies: Applications for protein science, proteomics and adjuvants”, we are pleased to announce 2 PhD Scholarships to Vietnamese Applicants Only in Vaccine Biotechnology, available to start from either April or July 2016.

On the recommendation of our partner institutions, successful overseas scholars appointed to the School of Life and Health Sciences will be eligible for scholarships of £7,000 per year against fees.

Applicants should follow the standard admissions process detailed here stating their preference for a project on

V1) Vaccine biotechnology under the supervision of  Prof Y Perrie and Prof R Bill 
V2) IL-33 as a target in rheumatoid arthritis 

Home/EU Studentships

One Fully-Funded Full-Time NC3R PhD Studentship  (Please download here) for the Research Project: 'Speeding vaccine development - refining in vitro tests to predict in vivo efficacy' [Select "Biomedical Sciences Research Area"]
Supervisors:  Dr Andrew Devitt, Prof. Yvonne Perrie & Prof. Anthony Hilton
(Please Note: This is a Readvertised PhD Studentship, therefore those that had applied
previously need not reapply)
Closing Date: Sunday, 13th March 2016    

One Fully-Funded Full-Time NC3R PhD Studentship (Please download here) for the
Research Project: 'Development of a novel cell based bitter taste asessment assay'
[Select "Health Sciences Research Area"]
Supervisors:  Dr Afzal Mohammed & Dr Rhein Parri
Closing Date: Sunday, 13th March 2016         

PhD research projects for Self-Funded applicants

If you are a self-funded Overseas or Home (UK/EU) applicant, you can take part in one of our current research projects or contact our researchers  directly with your own relevant research proposal.

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