Research course

Healthcare Technologies - Diagnostics

Open University · Department of Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) or an appropriate first degree and postgraduate qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

Our research into diagnostics incorporates analytical sciences with strong applications in the field of biomedical sciences and health. It is our aim through our work, and our extensive network of collaborations with academics in different disciplines, clinicians and industrial partners, to develop technology which has the potential to be of direct benefit to patients; assisting with the detection, monitoring and treatment of disease.

Key themes of our research include:

  • Biomarker identification, focusing on research into the biomarker profiles of disease states and development of methods to improve accurate biomarker detection in complex samples
  • Diagnostics for cancer, focusing on novel technologies for detecting, imaging and targeting of cancer cells
  • Sensor and biosensor development, focusing on the development and refinement of technologies for the rapid and non-invasive diagnosis of disease

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
      part time
      72 months
      • MPhil
        part time
        24 months
          full time
          15 months

          Course contact details

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