Research course

Life, Health and Chemical Sciences

Open University · Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

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Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or masters degree.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences brings together world-class researchers from the disciplines of neuroscience, psychology, cell and molecular biology, immunology, medicinal chemistry, materials chemistry and genetics.

The School undertakes to develop internationally recognised interdisciplinary research within key areas of the biomedical sciences, analytical sciences and materials chemistry. Our research focuses on the design of novel therapeutic agents and diagnostic tools, the molecular and cellular processes underlying diseases with significant impact in society, and the fundamentals of neurobiology and behaviour. Research in the School into novel materials is linked to multiple industrial applications, for example, healthcare technologies and sensor applications.

The School has a vibrant research culture that facilitates collaborative alliances across scientific disciplines. It provides a nurturing scientific home for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers at the outset of their careers and those seeking to achieve success in their fields. We are committed to providing an integrated research support system of laboratories, and highly skilled technical staff in order to meet our scientific aims: to continue to forge technological and translational development partnerships and to train the next generation of scientists. The additional value we can offer to candidates in these areas is the increasingly integrated approach taken by The Open University across STEM subjects. Cross-faculty collaboration provides unique opportunities for interdisciplinary research, science outreach and science communication.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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