Research Degree Programmes

Choosing to study for a research degree in health and life sciences at Aston University will give you the opportunity to become part of a world-class research community alongside leading academics.

In the last Research Excellence Framework (REF2021), the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions:

  • 83.2% of our publications submitted for Allied Health were at least internationally excellent, with 23.5% being world-leading
  • 81.3% of our impact had at least very considerable reach and significance, with 43.8% being outstanding
  • 100% of our environment was at least internationally excellent, with 50% being world-leading.

We offer an extensive range of PhD  and Professional Doctorate opportunities, including a Master of Research, in subject areas including audiology, biosciences, neuroscience, optometry, pharmacy and psychology.



Funded partnerships

We are proud to be partner institutions with several leading research training programmes. More details on these and how to apply to open programmes can be found below.

Aston Graduate School

The Graduate School's main objective is to provide a supportive environment for all research students across the University, whatever their mode of study and wherever they are located, with a view to widening and enriching their experience during their research studies.