PhD Opportunities - Vice Chancellor's Studentships

Anglia Ruskin is an innovative global university with students from 185 countries coming to study with us.

We’re home to a thriving postgraduate community that benefits from high-quality facilities, a comprehensive Researcher Development Programme, and support from experienced, research-active supervisors.

Our academic excellence has been recognised by the UK’s higher education funding bodies, with 12 areas classed as generating world-leading research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. We deliver impactful research which tackles pressing issues and makes a difference, from saving lives to conserving water.

With Anglia Ruskin you can pursue your passion.

This year, we’re offering up to ten fully funded PhD studentships in areas ranging from business and law, to health and social care. Join us, and from day one you’ll be part of a vibrant community of researchers.

Successful applicants will benefit from a fee waiver and a stipend/bursary at Research Councils UK (RCUK) level. For 2017-18, this is £14,553. As PhDs run for three years, your stipend will be uplifted in line with RCUK recommendations for each year of study.

We have opportunities in the following areas.


  • Examine the potential links between digitisation, entrepreneurship and productivity; work with five companies to explore how they are digitising operations, and share findings with industry and policy groups.

Computing and technology

  • Achieve a conceptual design of a novel power electronic device based on emerging technologies; make use of complex computational and modelling techniques leading to the design, simulation and verification of a new device.


  • Analyse trial practices in relation to survivors of rape; compare cross-examination when questioning is conducted live or pre-recorded; identify potential ways of developing or continuing improvements in court responses to rape.


  • Investigate the impact of using different technologies in the classroom in order to develop student engagement. 


  • Explore and explain asymmetric monetary policy relationships in a global context; investigate the leader-follower policy relationship between central banks; model the international effects of quantitative easing in terms of cross-border capital flows.

Health and social care

  • Explore people’s varied use of peer support; examine the link between UK policy and peer support delivery; define the opportunities and constraints of a pluralistic approach to peer support.
  • Analyse the expression of DNA repair genes in cancer and normal tissue; identify DNA repair gene targets for potential therapeutic inhibition to restore drug sensitivity in drug-resistant cancer.
  • Analyse the use of cardiac catheterisation laboratories across secondary and tertiary care; model and pilot new systems that have the potential to transform the way healthcare is delivered.
  • Test and assess the benefits of using new visual acuity and crowding tests on children and adults, the better to detect amblyopia, or ‘lazy eye’; enhance our understanding of vision in normal and anomalous visual systems.
  • Play a part in the UK National Eye Health Survey (NEHS) – conduct research into resources, access and demand in relation to eye health and care in the UK; develop a survey instrument that helps to explore the efficacy of different approaches to eye health.


  • Explore how major economies outside the EU will adapt their copyright laws to take account of cross-border movement of digital content; look at the European Commission’s proposed new legislation; investigate the implications for end-user privacy.


  • Research contemporary Anglophone YA fiction for teenagers and its representations of ability and diversity; develop your own research questions, for example by considering how YA fiction covers disability rights, or promotes inclusion.

Medical technology

  • Develop a wearable device which can record arterial pulses; test the device by monitoring a group of women intermittently from the tenth week of gestation – and use recorded arterial pulses to predict pregnancy-induced hypertension at delivery. 


  • Help to improve our understanding of the value of sustainability education; carry out an in-depth case study exploration of an educational charity, the Eden Project, and develop a systematic and systemic approach to the ‘valuation’ of education, including in non-economic terms.

Our Vice Chancellor’s Studentships are open to UK/EU applicants who wish to start a PhD in 2017. To apply, you should have a 1st, or a 2:1 and a Masters at merit level or above (or equivalent). Please be aware that further terms and conditions apply: see our website for details.

To find out more about the opportunities available, and to apply, visit

The closing date for applications is Monday 7th August, with interviews scheduled for 29th August - 1st September.