What will I learn?

About the course

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline.

MPhil degree option
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.

Research profile
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.

Employability
Careers and your future

Paid work available to research students
Undertaking teaching and learning support duties represents an important professional and career development opportunity for postgraduate research students. Brunel offers two levels of paid work available to Postgraduate Research students.

Which department am I in?

Public Health and Health Promotion

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£19,280.00 (US$ 24,067) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

July 2020, August 2020, September 2020, October 2020, November 2020, December 2020

Venue

Brunel University London

Kingston Lane,

Uxbridge,

Hillingdon,

UB8 3PH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have Bachelors Degree. Grades may vary depending upon the course you chosen. In general, our courses ask for an English level of between IELTS 6.0 and 7.0 or equivalent. Some courses will have higher requirements (and will require you to also reach minimum sub-scores).

For international students

The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis. Research statement - As part of our application process for entry on our research degree (MPhil and PhD) programmes, we ask you to provide a 500-1,000 word research statement, excluding any references/bibliography you may include, setting out your research motivation, ideas and aspirations. English language requirements - IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas); Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores); BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas).

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About this uni

Brunel University is home to over 2,500 international students and has been named as a world top 25 university for international students (THE 2017).

  • Among the UK’s top 25 for graduate starting salaries
  • Single campus with a vibrant international community
  • Ranked among the UK's top 50 universities (CUG 2018)
  • Received a silver award for teaching quality (TEF 2017)