BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Ageing Studies

MPhil  |  Placement Year:   No

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.

Programme description

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.

Key Modules
Module & Subject

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.
Entry Requirements
  • A minimum score of 60%- 70% or GPA 2.8/4 - 3.4/4. Offers within the grade range are determined by the higher education institution attended.
  • IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 1 years
Course Fee:  18000.00
Course Level:  POSTGRADUATE
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER