Ageing Studies PhD

Course Introduction

About the course

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline. Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.

Research profile

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.

While we welcome all multidisciplinary topics in the area of Ageing Studies, here is a list of potential research areas we would like to supervise:

Successful ageing: learning from the very active

Reactivating senescent cells through epigenetic mechanisms

Ageing in minority communities

Loneliness

Ageing with a disability

Ageing without children

Financial gerontology and elder abuse

Literary, cultural and social narratives of old age

Fear of falling and mobility

Design interventions and assistive technologies

The association between muscle strength, muscle quality, sedentary behaviour and disability in adults with cerebral palsy

Activity and participation in adults with multiple sclerosis

Identifying genes that affect ageing in a Drosophila model of Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome.

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

rehabilitation after cancer and stroke,

incontinence,

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,

dementia,

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

posterior cortical atrophy.

Employability

Careers and your future

Paid work available to research students

Undertaking teaching and learning support duties represents an important professional and career development opportunity for postgraduate research students. Brunel offers two levels of paid work available to Postgraduate Research students.

Start Date

Postgraduate research students are recruited throughout an academic year.. Postgraduate research students are recruited throughout an academic year..

Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £4,407 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £19,280 Overseas Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £4,407 European Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,203 Home Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £9,640 Overseas Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,203 European Fees

Qualifications Required

  • Domestic entry requirements: 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. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis. Research statement - As part of our application process for entry on our research degree (MPhil and PhD) programmes, we ask you to provide a 500-1,000 word research statement, excluding any references/bibliography you may include, setting out your research motivation, ideas and aspirations.
  • International entry requirements: 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. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis. Research statement - As part of our application process for entry on our research degree (MPhil and PhD) programmes, we ask you to provide a 500-1,000 word research statement, excluding any references/bibliography you may include, setting out your research motivation, ideas and aspirations. English language requirements - IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas); Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores); BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas).
  • IELTS score: 7