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.

An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic and is typically studied over a shorter period of 1 year for a full-time student and 2 years for a part-time student. MPhil students are required to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights informed by the forefront of their discipline, field of study or professional practice. 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.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £18,720 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil £18,720 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil European Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Overseas 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.
  • International entry requirements: Applicants need to have an IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas); Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores); BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas).
  • IELTS score: 7