School of Nursing and Midwifery MPhil, PhD

Research ( full-time, part-time)

Cambridge, Chelmsford

January, April, September

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Overview

Make a substantial and original contribution to knowledge in the fields of health, nursing and midwifery. Work as part of our research community in an inspiring, multidisciplinary setting.

Full description

Supervision and support

In order to support you, we will compile a specialist team of supervisors that reflects your research interests and supervisory needs.

Your supervisors will meet with you regularly to provide advice and guidance with your studies and with the writing of your thesis.

Find out more about our Supervisors by their expertise on our School of Nursing and Midwifery staff profiles.

 

 

Where you'll research

Your faculty

Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for healthcare professionals, doctors, scientists and social workers in the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We've been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that our students want the very best experiential learning, and we've invested heavily in purpose-built simulated wards, science labs and skills spaces, to support your learning every step of the way.

Where can I study?

Chelmsford
Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Cambridge
Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK students, 2023/24 (per year)

£4,712

UK students, 2023/24 (part-time, per year)

£2,356

International students, 2023/24 (per year)

£15,000

International students, 2023/24 (part-time, per year)

£7,500

Bench fees

In some cases extra costs known as bench fees will be charged for a postgraduate research degree. These are to cover additional/exceptional costs directly related to a specific research project.

Some examples of these costs are (the list is not exhaustive): equipment hire, access costs to specialist equipment/workshops, volunteer expenses, specialist tissue/cell culture, specialist reagents or materials, specialist software, access to specialist databases, data collection costs, specialist media, recording or digital storage needs.

We charge bench fees in bands. They may apply for every year of your course. These bands are the same for full- and part-time students.

If you have to pay bench fees this will be made clear at your interview, and stated in your offer letter.

For 2021/22 the bench fee bands are:

  1. £500
  2. £1,000
  3. £2,000
  4. £4,000
  5. £8,000

PhD by Published Work

Initial registration: £1,300
Full registration: £4,000

Writing up fees 2021/22

Part time: £1,000

Full time: £1,800

Funding

For advice on the doctoral loan and other sources of funding, including ARU scholarships, visit our finance guide for postgraduate researchers.

You might also find The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding helpful.

ARU research

ARU's academic excellence was recognised in 2021, as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Sixteen areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on the societies we live in.

Careers

Research and professional training will be part of your programme, with workshops including scientific writing and publishing, research methods, subject updates and conference presentation.

Contact details

If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities, please email our Program Director [email protected], or one of our Research Administrators [email protected] or [email protected].

Entry requirements

MPhil or PhD with progression from MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelor degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.

PhD: You’ll need a Master degree or equivalent in a related subject area.

Please note we consider candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil in the first instance. If you want to be considered for direct entry to the PhD route then this can be discussed at interview if you are shortlisted. Please note you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this request. 

If English is not your first language, you'll require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent test). If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the programme as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Contact our postgraduate research degree team for more information about studying a PhD, MPhil or Professional Doctorate at ARU.

You'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your research programme.

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