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Postgraduate research

Our research degrees are focused on student-led, frontier translational research spanning a diverse range of basic science and clinical disciplines.

We offer the following PhD programme:


PhD in Vision Sciences

PhD, MPhil

Our research covers four themes:

  • structural biophysics
  • visual neuroscience
  • retinal degeneration and ageing
  • human vision and clinical translation

Our researchers work in multidisciplinary teams. This allows them to work collaboratively and share knowledge/skills with people from different scientific backgrounds.

Research support and training

Our PhD students have regular contact with their academic supervisors. All research students have dedicated computer and desk space in an office shared with other students in our state-of-the-art Optometry building.

Researchers are encouraged to take part in transferable skills and personal/career development training at the School as well as at the Doctoral Academy.

Your future

Potential jobs are post-doctoral fellowships leading to lectureships within universities, senior appointments within NHS Trusts, and professional service appointments within major optometric companies, government-funded research facilities (eg synchrotrons), pharmaceutical companies, and other industry.

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Available PhD studentships

Our available PhD studentships page will list postgraduate research opportunities when funding becomes available. Funding normally covers an annual stipend, as well as postgraduate tuition fees at the home/EU rate.


For initial enquiries about admissions, please contact the Postgraduate Research Team. You may also like to read our applications information for research degrees at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences.

We welcome students from a wide variety of scientific backgrounds, including biochemistry, biology, biosciences, genetics, medicine, molecular biology, neuroscience, optometry, physics, psychology, zoology.


Securing funding is likely to be an important consideration for you as a postgraduate. There are a few options available, including those offered by us and by external bodies.

Find out more about funding your research degree.