Ageing PhD - 2020 Entry

Entry Year

Part time 4 Year(s)

Course Overview

This part-time and flexible PhD is led by the research-active academics based in our Division of Health Research. Our academics produce high-quality research with national and international impact on health and well-being policy. The PhD in Ageing is your chance to work with our academics on the production of a 35,000-word thesis in your area of interest and professional practice that makes an original contribution to knowledge development within the discipline.

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 two thesis supervisors will provide you with support for each step of your PhD, from your first taught module to your own research project.

Combining innovative distance learning and an annual academy held at the University, this part-time, flexible doctorate runs over a minimum of four to seven years. The programme begins with a compulsory five-day induction academy at the University. Each of the subsequent academic years start with a compulsory three-day academy, while the rest of the course is delivered via e-learning. Attendance at the annual academies is compulsory until you are confirmed as being on the PhD.

Though you will specialise in your own area of professional practice, the PhD in Ageing is designed to broaden and diversify your employment options. Our selection of taught courses will enhance your skills in up-to-date research techniques and provide you with knowledge that extends beyond a single discipline, ensuring that you graduate with a wide range of skills that enhance your employability.






Full Time (per year)Part Time (per year)
UK/EU N/A £3,490
Overseas N/A £9,070

The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

What are tuition fees for?

Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

What support is available towards tuition fees?

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.

Related courses

Studying by blended learning

The PhD in Ageing is delivered by blended learning, which includes on-site academies at Lancaster University and taught modules delivered via e-learning at your own location. Run over four to seven years (minimum four years), your Doctorate begins with a five-day induction academy at the University. Each of the subsequent academic years start with an optional three-day academy. You will participate in lectures, workshops, group discussions and individual activities during each academy, while our distance learning approach combines live and interactive lectures, elements to be worked through autonomously, webinars and online collaboration, and group work.

Throughout your studies, we will support you as you enhance your leadership skills and effectiveness, and develop advanced skills in research design, practice and dissemination. You’ll foster critical approaches to the review of evidence and improve your written and oral presentation skills. And you’ll develop the confidence to become autonomous in your professional practice and in your management of new knowledge.

You'll benefit from being part of a UK and internationally-based peer group. Fellow students currently working in relevant fields may include: academics in other institutions, health and social care professionals, public health practitioners, and those with roles in non-governmental agencies.

All students have access to an online and sociable hub space that facilitates interaction with cohort and with other programmes, and are affiliated to the Lancaster Centre for Ageing Research with the opportunity to engage with the activities of the Centre. You will be encouraged to attend external workshops and conferences (using University funds, where available, to support this).

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Course structure

Years 1 and 2 provide you with training in theories of ageing and research methodologies. You will study a specialist module in Ageing and then modules on the Philosophy of Research, and, Research Design in Year 1. In Year 2, you will undertake the following modules: Systematic Reviews; Data Analysis; and Advanced Research Planning.

The core module in ageing will develop your understanding of how ageing and later life are related to demographic, social, economic, political, and environmental factors. Delivered by weekly teaching, this module covers the concepts, theories, practice, research methods and policy implications of contemporary issues in ageing, in combination with a range of independent and collaborative learning activities.

Years 3 to 4/5 see you undertake a research project in Ageing, which will conclude with the submission of your 35,000 word thesis. The project will be supervised from the University but undertaken in your own location or workplace. Supervisions can be via telephone, e-mail or Skype, depending on preference. Face-to-face meetings with your supervisors will take place during the annual academy.

The Division of Health Research

The Division of Health Research have been offering blended learning postgraduate programmes since 2010. We have many successful graduates and currently around 200 continuing students on a range of programmes who have benefited in progressing their careers from the high quality postgraduate education we provide.