Plymouth University PhD Studentship Opportunity in Clinical Vision Research, UK

Publish Date: Jan 25, 2016

Deadline: Feb 15, 2016

Plymouth University PhD Studentship Opportunity in Clinical Vision Research

A fully funded three year PhD studentship in clinical vision research is available at Plymouth University.

The full-time PhD studentship includes a stipend of £14,057 per annum (tax free) for three years plus full UK/EU tuition fees. Non UK/EU students are welcome to apply but will have to secure independent funding for the difference to overseas tuition fees (approximately £10,800 per annum).

We are seeking a highly motivated student with an excellent grade in optometry, psychology or a neuroscience-related degree and with a strong interest in visual perception, psychophysics and ocular disease.

Patients with age-related eye disease need life-long monitoring to prevent vision loss. Standard vision tests are not very sensitive to changes in visual function or some more specialized tests are difficult to perform for many patients. In this project, the student will build on recent research to design and develop a new vision test and will investigate the behavioural/ergonomic aspects of eye tests in elderly patients. The student will have the opportunity to present the work at national and international conferences. By the end of the three years, the student will have developed extremely valuable skills (experiment designing and programming, data analysis, clinical research skills, publishing in peer-reviewed vision journals).

The successful applicant will join our vibrant optometry team and our rapidly expanding Eye and Vision Research Group. The student will also work within postgraduate students from other health professions and will have the opportunity to participate in some teaching (additional earning).

Plymouth University is an ambitious, world-class university within the top 40 global modern universities and top 50 UK research institutions. Plymouth is an ocean city located in Devon with a beautiful coastal line and plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, Dartmoor National Park and Cornwall being just steps away.

If any questions related to the PhD project please feel free to contact Dr Luis Garcia Suarez: telephone: 01752 587546 or email:

Application details

For an application form and full details on how to apply, please visit

In addition to the documents requested on the Graduate School website please include:

  • a covering letter detailing your suitability for the studentship explaining how your prior experience and qualifications relates to the area of inquiry (800 word limit).
  • Candidates who do not have English as a first language are required to provide an IELTS test report that must be dated within two years of the start of the programme. Overall IELTS score of 7.0 required, with not less than 6.5 in each of the four components.

Please note you are not required to submit a research proposal as part of your application.

For more information on the admissions process please contact Sarah Carne, Doctoral Training Centre Administrator on

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 15 February. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview in late February.

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