Research course

Optometry and Vision Sciences

Institution
Anglia Ruskin University · Faculty of Science and Technology
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

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 optometry and vision sciences research encompasses a wide range of topics under our two research groups;

Our Anglia Vision Research Group consists of academic staff with a wealth of international experience in research, research training and teaching in optometry and vision sciences from the Universities of Cambridge, Cardiff, Indiana, Houston, McGill, and Melbourne. Our researchers have a history of publication in high-ranking vision science and optometry journals and have attracted grants from research councils, charitable trusts and industry.Our research interests lie in understanding basic processes and neural mechanisms of normal visual perception in areas of spatio-temporal vision, image processing, colour vision, stereopsis and binocular vision. As trained clinicians we are also interested in understanding how visual mechanisms differ in developing, aging, anomalous, or diseased visual systems. We aim to apply scientific principles to our understanding of such clinical conditions and to develop new diagnostic or therapeutic tools. Primarily, our research uses psychophysical tools of investigation; however we plan to develop visual electrophysiology in parallel within our research laboratories, to enhance our ability to address scientific and clinical questions. Our coherent group continues to be strengthened and invigorated by a growing PhD student base. We have firm links with Addenbrooke's hospital in paediatric eyecare and electrophysiology, as well as with research groups at the University of Cambridge.

Our Visual Function and Physiology Research Group consists of academic staff with a wealth of international experience in research, research training and teaching in optometry and vision sciences from the Universities of Cambridge, Cardiff, Indiana, Houston, McGill, and Melbourne. Our researchers have a history of publication in high-ranking vision science and optometry journals and have attracted grants from research councils, charitable trusts and industry. Our research interests lie in understanding basic processes and neural mechanisms of normal visual perception in areas of spatio-temporal vision, image processing, colour vision, stereopsis and binocular vision. As trained clinicians we are also interested in understanding how visual mechanisms differ in developing, aging, anomalous, or diseased visual systems. We aim to apply scientific principles to our understanding of such clinical conditions and to develop new diagnostic or therapeutic tools. Primarily, our research uses psychophysical tools of investigation; however we plan to develop visual electrophysiology in parallel within our research laboratories, to enhance our ability to address scientific and clinical questions. Our coherent group continues to be strengthened and invigorated by a growing PhD student base. We have firm links with Addenbrooke's hospital in paediatric eyecare and electrophysiology, as well as with research groups at the University of Cambridge.

Across both groups our researchers have a history of publication in high-ranking vision science and optometry journals and have attracted grants from research councils, charitable trusts and industry including the College of Optometrists, Vision CRC myopia project, Wellcome Trust, Nuffield Foundation, and National Health Service. Our research results are published in relevant high impact journals such as 'Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science', 'Vision Research', 'Optometry and Vision Science' and 'Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics'. In addition, we regularly contribute to clinical continuing education, in publications such as 'Optician', 'Optometry Today', 'Optometry in Practice' and 'Optometric Quarterly'.

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
10,000
International students
10,000

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: www.family-action.org.uk for information on educational trusts, or www.direct.gov.uk for bank loans at competitive rates. Alternatively, visit your local high-street bank for more information.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

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

MPhil

part time
30 - 48 months
full time
18 - 36 months

Course contact details

Name
Faculty of Science and Technology
Email
FST-Admissions@anglia.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 845 271 3333