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

Ten overseas PhD Scholarships are available on a competitive basis. Although now closed for January 2015 registrations, applications are being considered for April 2015 registrations.

Overseas PhD Scholarships of £7,000 a year are offset against the international tuition fees of £14,480 a year. 

Download the advert with further details on how to apply with the deadline dates.    


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 October 2014.

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 both Prof Y Perrie and Prof R Bill 
V2) IL-33 as a target in rheumatoid arthritis 

Home/EU studentships   

One fully-funded full-time PhD studentship for the research project titled: 
 "Developing quality of life scales for patients with Niemann-Pick Disorder Type C"
Supervisors:  Dr Rebecca KnibbProf. Helen Pattison Dr Rachel Shaw  
Closing Date:  Friday, 7th November 2014 

One fully-funded full-time PhD studentship for the research project titled: 
"Risk behaviour and coping mechanisms of children and adolescents with severe
food allergy"
Supervisors:  Dr Rebecca Knibb Dr Richard Cooke 
Closing Date:  Friday, 7th November 2014  

One fully-funded full-time PhD studentship for the research project titled: 
"Information and support for the diagnosis and treatment of age-related macular
degeneration: a qualitative experience-design study"
Supervisors: Dr Rachel Shaw Prof. Jon Gibson 
Closing Date:  Friday, 7th November 2014 

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 their own relevant research proposals.

Home (UK/EU) PhD research projects with tuition fees waived     

Two are currently available. 

If you have either a BSc (Hons.): 1st Class or MSc with Distinction or Equivalence in a related subject area  (
EU applicants must meet our English Language Requirements), please contact our researchers directly with your own relevant research proposals.

The deadline date for completed applications is Friday, 31st October 2014 with an anticipated Registration Date of: 1st January 2015.                   

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