Vision and Eye Research Unit, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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Study with a unit that brings eye and vision researchers together with specialists from the fields of hearing, life sciences, psychology, computing and technology to pursue innovative research.


The Vision and Eye Research Unit (VERU) is based in Cambridge and has state-of-the-art research facilities with which to study eye conditions, disease and functions.

They’re a large, diverse team and can supervise your research in many fields, including novel interdisciplinary topics. 


Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 36 months
    • Average duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      Full-time, from 1 to 3 years. Part-time, from 2 to 4 years.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Here are the main areas of interest and expertise:


  • Population-based surveys of eye disease in Bangladesh and Pakistan
  • Coordination of the vision group of the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD Study)


  • Factors that affect diabetic eye diseases in South Asians- the influence of life style and control


  • Imaging techniques in glaucoma
  • Early detection of glaucoma using new sampling methods
  • Multi-centre trials on glaucoma progression and management
  • New models of community care of glaucoma patients

Anterior Eye Disorders

  • Corneal structural changes in keratoconus
  • Mechanism of changes in the Dry Eye

Contact lenses

  • Contact lens properties in controlled environments
  • Therapeutic efficacy of new contact lenses
  • On-eye/off eye performance contact lenses

Low vision

  • Effects of low vision on patients quality of life and rehabilitation
  • Objective assessment of daily activities in patients with visual impairment
  • Sensory compensation in patients with vision loss

Ocular surface disease

  • Avoidance of cross-infection in clinical practice
  • Image analysis of corneal endothelium

Myopia research

  • Factors that decrease the progression of myopia

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements


If you’re hoping to join the degree of MPhil or MPhil with possibility of transfer to PhD, you’ll need 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.

International students

If you’re from outside the European Union and want to apply for our postgraduate Research Degrees you need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent test score). For more information on international entry requirements please visit our international student webpages.

All applications for research degrees are subject to consideration by supervisors and authorisation by the Director of Research and the Academic Office. An interview may take place face-to-face or remotely.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 10500 International
  • GBP 4350 EU/EEA
UK & EU students, 2015/16 (per year, part-time)

  • £2,600


For advice on funding and scholarships please visit our finance pages for postgraduate students and researchers. Where available, the ARU jobs search lists research positions/scholarships.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.