Brunel University London

Course Introduction

The overall aim of the Ageing Studies theme is to advance our knowledge and understanding of how to improve the health and quality of life of older people. We bring a range of disciplinary perspectives to addressing our key research challenges: maximising the ability of people to age well, mapping the diverse and dynamic ways that people age, and contributing to the development and evaluation of health and social care interventions that optimise the potential for ageing well. Our theme, which has 40 members, embraces the four key disciplinary perspectives that underpin the understanding of ageing well: social and behavioural sciences, biology, clinical and health sciences, and arts, humanities, policy and politics. In the main, however, our research focuses on three key areas of activity.

Course Modules

The three main clusters of research cut across areas of Biological, Social and Psychological Ageing and include experts in:

•rehabilitation after cancer and stroke,


•biomechanics and falls,

•cellular and molecular biology of ageing,

•sociology and psychology of loneliness,

•financial and elder abuse,

•ageing with alcohol,

•ethnic ageing and driving cessation,


•mid life risk factors for cognitive decline in old age, and

•posterior cortical atrophy.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £4,195 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £17,500 Overseas Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,097 Home Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £8,750 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study: IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in any section). This applies even if English is the native language of your home country. An appropriate level of English language competence is also expected. Applicants may also be required to attend compulsory in-sessional English language support. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis.