Ageing PhD - 2022 Entry

Entry Year
2022

Duration
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. 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.

Fees

Fees

 

 

 Part Time (per year)
UK   £3,840
International    £10,000

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.

Scholarships and Bursaries

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We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.

Additional course costs and information

There may be extra costs related to your course for items such as books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following your studies, you may need to pay a subscription to a professional body for some chosen careers.

Specific additional costs for studying at Lancaster are listed below.

College Fees

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For students starting in 2022, the fee is £40 for undergraduates and research students and £15 for students on one-year courses.

Computer Equipment and Internet access

To support your studies, you will also require access to a computer, along with reliable internet access. You will be able to access a range of software and services from a Windows, Mac, Chromebook or Linux device. For certain degree programmes, you may need a specific device, or we may provide you with a laptop and appropriate software - details of which will be available on relevant programme pages. A dedicated IT support helpdesk is available in the event of any problems.

The University provides limited financial support to assist students who do not have the required IT equipment or Broadband support in place.

Related courses

Studying by blended learning

The PhD in Ageing is offered part-time via blended learning. Teaching and research activities are carried out through a combination of face-to-face and online interaction, allowing you to undertake the majority of study from your own location whilst fulfilling your existing responsibilities. You will benefit from being part of a UK and internationally-based peer group working across a range of sectors.

Face-to-face interactions take place at an annual residential autumn Academy while taught modules are delivered via distance learning using our virtual learning environment and include discussion forums, collaborative digital spaces and video conferencing. All students have access to a hub space that facilitates interaction with their cohort and with students on related programmes, creating a virtual information space that’s also sociable. An academic tutor will support you during the taught phase and two supervisors provide you with support in the research phase.

Blended Learning
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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.

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