Ageing at Lancaster University - UCAS

Course summary

PhD Ageing is a part-time and flexible PhD led by the research-active academics based in our Division of Health Research. The programme will help you to gain deeper and critical insights into population ageing and sparks thinking into how to provide better health and care systems to support older people and their families. A personal academic tutor and during the research phase (year 3+), two thesis supervisors will provide you with support for each step of your PhD, from your first taught module to your own research project. Programme overview Taught Modules Year 1 and Year 2 taught modules provide training in (please note these may be subject to change): Ageing:

  • Theoretical approaches to the social science of ageing
  • Empirical research in this area across a range of topics including healthy ageing, socioeconomic issues and ageing from a global perspective
  • Innovation in ageing research
Undertaking research:
  • Philosophy of research
  • Research questions, methods and choices
  • Qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Diverse evidence synthesis and systematic review
Principles of research design and ethical considerations:
  • The ethical consequences of different research designs and researching in different populations
  • Principles of research ethics
  • Writing a research proposal
  • Ethical approval and Governance procedures
There are 180 credits of taught modules across years 1 and 2. Please note that students must achieve a minimum 60% weighted average across these taught modules in order to proceed to the research element of the PhD programme (Yr. 3 onwards). Research Year 3 and onwards will be spent undertaking a research project and will conclude with the submission of a thesis (35,000 words) that makes an original contribution to knowledge within your area of professional practice and of direct relevance to it. This research project will be supervised from Lancaster University but undertaken in your own location or workplace. Supervisions will be hosted online via MS Teams, plus face-to-face meetings during the annual Autumn Academy. Key Facts PhD Ageing is delivered by Blending Learning. Blended learning refers to the methods of interaction between students and course tutors / supervisors on a programme. Teaching and research activities are carried out through a combination of face-to-face and online interaction. The Lancaster-based academies that occur each year give you the chance to meet your programme peers and the academic team. Online interactions use our virtual learning environment and include discussion forums, collaborative digital spaces and video conferencing. Programme outcomes The aim of the course is to allow people working in a range of settings – government, third sector, health care sites, academic institutions, social care settings, international organisations etc. - to undertake advanced study within this exciting and vibrant field. The course is aimed at individuals based in the UK or overseas. The course is offered on part-time via blended/distance e-learning. The PhD in Ageing aims to:
  • Promote advanced knowledge and a critical understanding of theories, concepts and debates in ageing
  • Foster critical approaches to evidence review and knowledge management
  • Develop advanced skills in research design, data analysis, practice and dissemination
  • Improve scholarship in presenting written and oral arguments
  • Enhance leadership skills and effectiveness

Assessment method

Assessment is by a combination of written assignments and the submission of a thesis for examination.

Entry requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a relevant subject. As part of your application you will also need to provide a 500 word research proposal. We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test.

Fees and funding

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Ageing at Lancaster University - UCAS