94% of research from the School of Life & Health Sciences as being internationally excellent or world leading
The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold award for teaching quality – the highest possible accolade
Access to a range of specialist facilities including our clinical skills room with a mock hospital bay set up and dispensing and patient counselling suites.
State-of-the-art infrastructure for analysis from the molecular to organismal level
Current Research Projects
If interested in any of these projects, please contact the supervisor before applying online and select the correct research degree programme as noted below *.
If you would like to develop your own research project proposal, please visit our research groups pages and contact the relevant researcher.
Applied Health Research *For projects below, select: 'Research Health Sciences'
- Investigating the role of social influence on diet and physical activity behaviours in pregnancy.
Supervisor: Dr Lou Atkinson Implementing shared decision making in audiology
Supervisor: Dr Helen Pryce Using healthy odours to promote healthy food choices
Supervisors: Dr Jason Thomas & Dr Claire Farrow Complementary feeding with solid food and developmental outcomes in children
Emotion Regulation and the Development of Early Emotional Eating: The Interaction of Mood State, Child Temperament and Parental Feeding Practices.Interpersonal dynamics in the investigative interview
Supervisors: Dr Claire Farrow and Prof Jacqueline Blissett
Supervisor: Dr Robert Nash Memory biases in the receiving of assessment feedback
Supervisor: Dr Robert NashMultiparticulate systems as solubilising and stability enhancing agents
Supervisor: Prof Afzal Mohammed
Basic & Applied Neurosciences *For projects below, select: 'Research Neurosciences'
- The locus of visual perception
Supervisor: Prof Tim Meese Image analysis by the human brain
Supervisor: Prof Tim Meese Probing size constancy in virtual reality
Supervisor: Prof Tim Meese The locus of visual perception: a study in virtual reality
Supervisor: Prof Tim Meese Perception of virtual 3D objects in peripersonal space and its potential modulation by embodied processing and social context
Supervisors: Prof Klaus Kessler & Prof Tim Meese Understanding the relationship between theory of mind and perspective taking: An fMRI and MEG connectivity project with neurotyopical and autistic participants
Supervisors: Prof Klaus Kessler and Dr Charlotte Hartwright Cognitive and emotional biases in disordered eating: potential targets for novel interventions?
Supervisors: Dr Nathan Ridout & Prof Adrian Burgess Inhibition and mood regulation in depression: examining the interaction between cognitive and biological factors
Supervisors: Dr Nathan Ridout Depression and diabetes
Supervisor: Dr Nathan Ridout Auditory Scene Analysis – Stream Segregation
Supervisor: Prof Brian Roberts The relationship between reading and attention in the emergence of children’s literacy skills
Supervisors: Prof Joel Talcott & Dr Liz Moores The impact of sleep on cognition in developmental disorders
Supervisors: Prof Joel Talcott & Dr Caroline WittonDissociating face processing modes: The case of facial disfigurements
Supervisors: Dr Luc Boutsen & Dr Martin Juttner
Cell & Tissue Biomedical Research *For projects below, select: 'Research Biomedical Sciences'
Mimicking the properties of scar tissue in spinal cord injuries
Supervisor: Dr Patricia Perez-Esteban The use of a web-based intervention in the prevention and treatment of frailty
Supervisors:Dr James Brown, Dr Sri Bellary
Intermittent fasting as an intervention for the treatment and prevention of diabetes and related conditions
Supervisors: Dr James Brown, Dr. Ioannis Kyrou, Prof. Harpal S. Randeva & Dr Claire Farrow
Understanding frailty in older adults with type 2 diabetesEnzymatically cross-linked collagen to facilitate dermal repair of diabetic ulcers
Supervisors: Dr James Brown, Dr Ian Lahart & Dr Sri Bellary
Supervisors: Prof Martin Griffin & Dr Russell Collighan
Molecular Biomedical Research *For projects below, select: 'Research Biomedical Sciences'
Supervisor: Prof Roslyn Bill Lipid nanoparticles for membrane protein target drug discovery
Dr Alice RothnieDrug repurposing by automated protein docking and molecular mechanics
Supervisor: Dr Darren Flower Modelling the Peptide Specificity of the Major Histocompatibility Complex and its Interaction with the T-cell Receptor
Supervisor: Dr Darren Flower Modelling antigen presentation to design vaccines
Supervisor: Dr Darren Flower In vitro translation with non-natural amino acids
Supervisors: Dr Anna Hine, Dr Russell Collighan and Dr Corinne Spickett Application of SMALPs and -omics technologies to investigate membrane protein function
Supervisors: Dr Alice Rothnie and Dr Corinne Spickett Combatting antimicrobial resistance: syntheses and screening of inhibitors for β–lactamases
Supervisor: Dr Dan Rathbone The use of SMALPs to generate pharmacologically active antibodies against GPCRs
Supervisor: Prof David Poyner Investigating biomarkers for obstructive sleep apnoea
Supervisor: Dr Alex Cheong Examining the molecular mechanism of multidrug resistance protein 4
Supervisor: Dr Alice RothnieEngineering G-protein coupled receptors to study drug action
Supervisors: Prof David Poyner & Prof Roslyn Bill Understanding the migratory and metastasis process mediated by S100A4
Supervisors: Dr Stephane Gross & Prof Andrew Devitt Vaccine Antigen Discovery using Computational Techniques
Supervisor: Dr Darren Flower Benchmarking Bioinformatics and Cheminformatics
Supervisor: Dr Darren FlowerDeveloping novel diagnostics for outcomes of radiation damage
Supervisors: Prof Corinne Spickett & Prof Andrew Pitt The effect of surface modification and topography on stem cell differentiation
Supervisors: Prof Andrew Pitt & Dr Eric Hill
Membrane protein lipidomics in the study on microbial division
Supervisors: Prof Corinne Spickett & Prof Andrew Pitt in collaboration with Dr David Roper (Warwick University) & Prof Tim Dafforn (Birmingham University).
Ophthalmic Research *For projects below, select: 'Research Health Sciences'
Supervisor: Dr Doina Gherghel
If you would like to apply for a PhD/PD/MD opportunity within the School of Life & Health Sciences (LHS) :
- You should have been awarded the UK equivalent of either a 1st or a 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject or have an MSc and/or similar award or experience deemed to provide evidence of research potential
English Language Entry Requirements
Non-native speakers of English are normally required to satisfy the following minimum English language requirements:
TOEFL IBT: 93 (23 in Writing, 19 in Speaking, 18 in Reading and 19 in Listening)
IELTS (Academic Test): 6.5 (6.0 in Writing Speaking, Reading and Listening).
Pearsons English language test: 63 with no less than 57 in each band.
Your test must have been taken no more than two years before the start date of your course.
For applicants from non-English speaking countries, it is necessary to have taken either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the British Council IELTS (Academic Test) test. However, if the Candidate holds a Bachelor or Master's degree from a UK University, this requirement may be waived. Please contact the school for further information.
If you do not have a valid English language qualification this will be requested as a condition of any offer that is issued.
UK/EU students (2019/20)
Full-time annual tuition fees: £4,327
Part-time annual tuition fees: £2,163.50
International students (2019/20)
Full-time annual tuition fees: £17,500
How to apply
Before completing the online application form, we recommend that applicants to the School's postgraduate research degree programmes first check for any currently available studentships and see the list of approved research projects listed on this page.
Applicants may also contact our researchers directly with their own relevant research proposals.
Applicants for PhD opportunities are accepted for registration with effect from 1 January, 1 April, 1 July and 1 October.
Once you have checked that you have met the entry requirements, you may then apply online using the online application form. Please use the online application form guidance notes for your reference, and to ensure you select the right Programme application form.
Making your application
Making an application can be split into the following steps:
- Choose your course
- Check the entry requirements
- Use the 'Select Online Application Form' below to select the correct online application form. Then click "Apply for selected Degree Programme" (this will open in a new window)
- Complete the online application form. This includes: (i) uploading any relevant documentation, (ii) submitting a research proposal (research programmes only), (iii) completing your personal details
- We'll consider your application and contact you if we require any additional information/documents
- A decision will be communicated to you via email
Select online application form
Application guidance notes
The following guidance notes will aid you in completing the online application form. We advise keeping this page open while you apply as a useful point of reference.
- Making your online application
When progressing through the application form please use the hyperlinks/buttons at the bottom of each page and not your web browser back and forward buttons.Go to the Apply Online page and select the relevant School (For Research applicants: this should be the University School where your potential Research supervisor is based) , Entry Year, Mode of Attendance and Degree Type. Then click on the arrow button of the Select Degree Programme.
Existing Aston Students: Please note: You will need to Create a New Account to start a new application please do not log in with your student username and password.
When creating your new account please ensure that you provide us with a valid and accurate email address as most of the correspondence from Aston will be sent via email.
You will be automatically logged in after this and be able to start your application immediately.
You can elect to ‘Save and Return Later’ at any point of the process, at which point you will be emailed details on how to return to your application later.
- A list of relevant degree programmes will then be shown, select the title of the degree with the start date / mode of study that you are interested in. (Please note applicants wishing to study for a PhD or MPhil initially register for a generic research degree. Please select ‘Research’ for the appropriate area, e.g. Research – Computer Science.)
- Once you have decided on the programme that you wish to apply for, click on ‘Apply for selected Degree Programme’ and create a new account in the system.
- What documentation is required?
- Certified Copies of qualifications gained, e.g. for Postgraduate this will be degree certificate and transcripts (showing the subjects taken and the grades/marks you have obtained). If these are in a language other than English, please provide official translations as well. For Foundation Degrees this may be NVQs, A Levels, HNCs etc. (if applicable).
- English Language test certificate (if appropriate), for example IELTS / TOEFL
- Research proposal (For LHS please check the list of research projects currently available first) Passport scan (if you are a non EU overseas applicant)
- A copy of sponsor letter if appropriate/available.
- Copies of any other supporting documentation which may be used to help support your application.
If you are unable to provide the required information at the point of application, you should forward this to the relevant Admissions Office. Please ensure that you include on any correspondence to the University your application reference number, full name, date of birth and course name. You are advised that in some instances, a decision on admission will not be made until all supporting documentation is received.
You are a "sponsored student" if all or part of your tuition or accommodation fees will be paid by an external organisation (not a family member). This may be an employer, a government/embassy or scholarship funding organisation. Aston University will send an invoice directly to your sponsor.
What to do
Once you have accepted a place at Aston, let us know as soon as possible that you are a sponsored student. Ask your Sponsor to write a letter on their company headed paper, which clearly states the following:Your full name. Full details of where the invoice should be sent, including Sponsor contact name, details, address and e-mail address. Any reference or name that needs to be quoted on the invoice.
Two copies of the letter will need to be sent to Aston University. One copy should be sent to Credit Control, Finance Department, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, United Kingdom, B4 7ET. The second copy should be sent to the relevant Admissions Office (as detailed on your offer letter).
If you tell us you are a sponsored student, but we don't receive a letter from your Sponsor you won't be able to enrol until we receive it. Please note that we reserve the right to reject a sponsor letter and if your sponsor does not pay, you will be personally responsible for payment of the debt.
- What fees are to be paid by the sponsor (tuition, accommodation or both).
- Amount of money the Sponsor is contributing to tuition or accommodation costs (the value in GBP or percentage of the fees).
- How long the sponsorship will last. For example, whether you are being sponsored for one academic year only or for every year of your course. If this changes, your Sponsor will need to send us another letter. For example, if you are being sponsored for one academic year only, but your Sponsor later decides to sponsor you for every year of your course.
- Completing the online form
There are guidance notes available through out the application to assist you in completing the form.
Please input your first names and family name as stated in your passport or other official documentation.
E-mail address. [This is the applicant’s personal E-Mail address – the E-Mail address used to register an online application account with Aston University.]
Alternative contact E-mail address. [If you are working for an Educational Agent, on behalf of an applicant, please insert your Educational Agent E-Mail address in this box.]
Please provide information on your address. The permanent address is usually your home address. This is the address we will use to contact you unless you specify a correspondence address.
If the correspondence address given is temporary, please ensure that you notify the relevant Admissions Office of any changes.
Disability/additional support needs
This section is included for the purposes of monitoring equal opportunities and to ensure that students with a disability know about and have access to appropriate facilities and services. Applications are judged solely on academic merit. The university is committed to equal opportunities in its admissions policy and considers applications from candidates with disabilities on the same academic grounds as apply to all candidates.
Find out more information about the facilities and support available contact:
The Disability Team
Telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 4711
If appropriate, please choose the code most relevant to you from the drop down menu, when completing the online application form. Please also give any details of any special requirements or additional support needs you might have.
Please include all qualifications obtained or anticipated (post compulsory education only).Please make sure that the names of the educational institutions are written in full and not abbreviated to initials – also state the country in which the institution is located. Please indicate the type of award for which you have studied e.g. BA, BSc or MA and the title used on the degree certificate/transcript. Give the grades you obtained e.g. degree classification, Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) score and state what it is out of i.e. 80/100.
Please note that the authenticity of your qualifications will be checked by Aston with the awarding institution/examination board and that submission of fraudulent documents will disqualify you from studying in the UK.
Please enter any professional qualifications received or memberships of professional institutions that are relevant to your application e.g. the Chartered Institute of Marketing Professional Diploma or any other non-academic qualification e.g. GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test).
Your academic qualifications, to a maximum of 14
The most important qualification to include is the qualification you are currently studying, or if you have completed all qualifications, the highest qualification that you have achieved.
All applicants are required to provide evidence of their ability in English. The minimum English language requirement varies between schools - please refer to the Postgraduate prospectus for the individual programme requirements. These usually include: GCSE / ‘O’ Level English language, IELTS, Pearson Test of English (PTE) or TOEFL, although there are other acceptable qualifications. Please note that IELTS and TOEFL results are only valid for 2 years. Applicants who have already successfully completed, or are successfully completing, a full time university degree in the UK and other English-speaking countries may be exempt from these requirements. Applicants with less than the minimum English Language requirement may be rejected or asked to retake the relevant examinations. Alternatively, they may need to successfully complete one of the English language courses at Aston University before starting their programme of study. Applicants will be notified at the point of offer of any such conditions.
Relevant work experience
Please include any relevant work experience to support your application by ticking the box and completing all the mandatory fields.
Please note that relevant work experience is a requirement for some programmes; please refer to the programme listed in the prospectus or the website for further information.
Please provide as much information as possible about how you will be funding your postgraduate studies. If you have been awarded a grant/scholarship for all or part of your costs please send us a copy of the letter of the award you have received from the grant-awarding body. This can be uploaded at the beginning of your application.
Different levels of tuition fees apply to UK/EU students and non-EU international students. Fees also vary depending on the programme of study. Please see the Postgraduate Prospectus and website for further information. In addition to your tuition fees, you must also have funding for your living expenses – typically GBP £650 - GBP £850 per month (depending on type of accommodation).
You are required to complete a personal statement.
The statement should add any further information which you think is relevant to your application e.g. personal suitability for research, career aspirations, possible future research interests, further description of relevant employment experience etc. Also include information about your leisure activities and interests.
Please do not include symbols in your text as the system may not recognise them.
You must provide two official references. Members of your family or friends cannot provide references. At least one of your referees should be from the institution where you studied your last University degree. For Research Applicants: If you have completed your first Degree at a different University to your Masters Degree please provide a reference from both Institutions. References must be provided on headed-paper and/or stamped by the institution and must be signed by the referee.
If you choose to enter an email address for either of your referees they will be automatically e-mailed to ask them to provide you with a reference if the ‘Email this referee on application submission?’ box is ticked. The referee’s email address must originate from the referee’s official university/professional e-mail address. Private e-mail references will not be accepted.
The referees will receive full instructions on how to complete the references and where to send once they have completed the reference. PLEASE NOTE: If you apply for more than one course at Aston but are using the same referee you do not need to tick the ‘Email this referee on application submission?’ box, for your second or any subsequent applications.
Those applicants who have chosen not to have their referees automatically emailed will need to contact the relevant Admissions Office for more information on manually sending the references for your application. Please include the Application Reference Number, emailed to you separately, on all correspondence.
- For MSc programmes in Aston Business School and the School of Engineering and Applied Science, you will be required to enter the highest qualification you have achieved in a mathematical or statistical subject (with grade).
- You will be required to show your original documents together with official translations into English, on arrival at the University for Enrolment.
If you are applying to a School Advertisement please state the reference code. This can be found on the School webpage which displays the advertisement.
- What happens next?
Once you have completed your application you will be automatically logged out from the system and emailed with confirmation that your application has been received. We will also email you a copy of your completed application form.
After this point, admissions staff at Aston will communicate with you via the email address you have provided regarding the outcome of your application and you will not need to log in to the Online Application form again.
If you have any supporting documents which you need to send to us please send these to the relevant school by either post or e-mail.
Notification of decision
The University will make a decision based on the information you have provided and you will be advised of the decision within a few weeks; please allow up to six weeks. (If you do not hear anything after 6 weeks and you have completed your online application and provided all required supporting documentation, you can email the relevant Admissions Office as stated on your receipt of application email. Your query can be processed quicker if you can provide your Reference Number, as provided on the email sent to you when you submitted your application form).
You will then be contacted by the university with a decision – confirming an offer of a place on your chosen programme or advising you that your application has been unsuccessful. The offer of a place may be subject to certain conditions which you have to meet before your admission can be confirmed (conditional offer).
You must satisfy these conditions by sending further evidence or completing additional documentation to the University. If you are made an offer of a place and accept your offer you will be required to submit a deposit along with your acceptance form by a given deadline. This deposit reserves a place on the programme. If you do not comply by the deadline, your place on the programme is then offered to another applicant.
If you have any more questions about the application process or the information you will need to provide the University, please contact us.
- Technical problems
This section provides you with some simple solutions to technical problems that you might have whilst completing the online Application Form.
I can’t create a new account, what should I do?
If you are unable to create a new account, please ensure that you are using a supported web browser (listed below) and that you are completing all of the required fields on the new account page.
You are unable to create an account twice with the same email address. If you need to apply for a second Degree Programme at Aston, you can use your existing account details to log in. If you have forgotten your original password, please follow the instructions below to receive a reminder of your password.
If (after verifying that you are using a supported web browser and that you do not already have an account in the system) you are still unable to create an account please contact our technical support staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
I haven’t received any emails from the application form, why is this?
Normally, you will receive an email once you choose to ‘save and return Later’ to your current application or when you complete an application form. You may not receive these emails if:
Your email software or provider has marked the emails as Junk or Spam. Please check your Junk / Spam folder to see if any emails have been directed there. Additionally, please ensure that you add ‘aston.ac.uk’ to your email account safe list so that any further emails sent to you by the Admissions team are received quickly and safely. You may also have entered your email address incorrectly when creating your account. If this is the case, please contact our technical support staff at email@example.com with your name, date of birth and email address. How do I get a reminder of or reset my password?
To have your password reset visit this webpage on MAP. You will be asked to provide the email address, surname and date of birth that you entered when you originally created your account. If these are accepted by the system, your password will be reset to a random value and emailed to you.
If you are unable to retrieve your password this way, please contact our technical support staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
The application form doesn’t look right or doesn’t work properly on my computer, what can I do?
The Aston application form has been tested to work with the following web browsers:
If you are using one of these web browsers and are still experiencing issues, please contact our technical support staff at email@example.com
I’ve made some mistakes on my application form or supporting documentation, what do I do?
If you haven’t submitted your application form, you can change any of the documents you have uploaded and any of the information you have entered simply by logging into your application and making the necessary changes.
If you have submitted your application form, please contact the relevant Admissions Office as stated on your receipt of application email with details of any changes you wish to make, along with any supporting documentation if applicable
How do I log back into an uncompleted application form once I have chosen to ‘Save and Return Later’?
You can access any existing application form by simply logging back into your application.
You can log in using the email address and password you used to create your account. However you cannot use this to start a new application.
- Additional advice for international students
If you are a non-EU student and require a student visa to come to the UK, you must also allow sufficient time to submit your visa application form to your local British Embassy/High Commission.
If you are applying as a non-EU International student, you should note that the terms and conditions of entry into the UK usually prevent you registering for a part-time programme. For more information, please refer to www.ukvisas.gov.uk or www.ukcisa.org.uk.
- Contact us
If you require any additional advice before you wish to submit your application, please contact the relevant school directly or if you are an international student please contact the International Office by email firstname.lastname@example.org
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