Research course


Anglia Ruskin University · Department of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Candidates seeking admission to the degree of MPhil or MPhil with possibility of transfer to PhD will normally be required to hold a first or upper second class honours degree of a university, or any other institution of higher education in the UK with degree-awarding powers or a qualification which is regarded by Anglia Ruskin as equivalent to a first or upper second class honours degree.

Months of entry

January, October, June, April

Course content

Our Biotechnology research interests involve molecular mechanisms that underpin the pathogenesis and aetiology of mammalian diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease and chronic myeloproliferative diseases.

Current projects include:

  • investigation of cryptic genomic biomarkers in human patients with myeloproliferative disease
  • investigation into the mechanism by which human recombinant erythropoietin (rHuEPO) modulates glycoaminoglycan turnover in a nitric oxide synthase (NOS)-dependent porcine explant model of rheumatoid arthritis
  • the molecular genetics of the melanocortin receptor (MC1R)
  • the role of transglutaminase enzymes in cell cycle control and cell death
  • cellular biology of natural products including drugs and antioxidants
  • mechanisms underpinning glycation chemistry in models of oxidative disease states.

Our Biomedical Sciences research is carried out through our Cellular Pathology and Molecular Cytogenetics Research Group.

Information for international students

To apply for our postgraduate Research Degrees, students from outside the European Union require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent test score). For more information on international entry requirements please visit our International Student webpages.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Aside from self-funding or funding by your employer, charities and trusts (competitively sought after, as are Research Council Awards), career, graduate, and professional study loans may be available. Visit: for information on educational trusts, or for bank loans at competitive rates. Alternatively, visit your local high-street bank for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 - 60 months
part time
36 - 72 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Science & technology Admissions Team
0845 271 3333