Research course

Chester Centre for Stress Research (Higher Degrees by Research)

University of Chester · Chester Centre for Stress Research

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for an MPhil or PhD programmes, applicants should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least an upper second class honours degree in a discipline appropriate to their intended area of research. Substantial prior research experience may, in some instances, be acceptable in place of a first degree qualification. If you are not sure whether this might apply to you, our Postgraduate Admissions team will be able to advise you. International studentsmust provide evidence of English proficiency at the time of application. Information about English language tests will normally be available from your British Council office. International applicants whose most recent qualification has been taken in English may be exempt from our usual English Language requirements.

Months of entry

January, September, May

Course content

Studying for an MPhil or a PhD is very much an individual activity, and research topics vary widely, according to personal interests. As one of our students, we will help to nurture your interests and develop skills and insights essential to your future progress.

To assist you, we offer access to modern, well-equipped laboratories and library facilities, and are also able to support prospective students in developing their research proposals.

The overall focus of CCSR is on all aspects of stress analysed at biological, psychological and social levels. This enables the successful development of a number of research lines with an inter-disciplinary nature. The Centre covers all aspects of the biology of stress from the cell to the whole organism which are studied mainly in clinical settings, for example for Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, leukaemia, or using cell-based model systems in mechanistic studies.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24-48 months
part time
28-84 months


part time
24-72 months
full time
12-48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1244 511000