Entry requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

Additional Requirements
As part of your application you will also need to provide a 500 word research proposal. Guidance for writing a research proposal can be found here.

Months of entry


Course content

The PhD in Dementia Studies gives the opportunity for individuals with an interest in dementia (either academically or professionally) to undertake advanced study within their chosen field. The course promotes applied and critical thinking around theoretical and practice-based issues related to all aspects of dementia care. This programme is offered on a part-time basis via blended learning and attracts a wide range of UK-based students and international students.

Programme overview

Taught Modules

The current taught modules (subject to change) are:


  • Theoretical approaches to the study of Dementia
  • Empirical research in this area across a range of topics including risk factors and cognitive impairment
  • Living with dementia
  • Research methods to evaluate interventions

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).

Information for international students

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

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. We also consider other English language qualifications.

Applications deadline: in order to allow sufficient time to obtain a short-term visa the deadline for applications from international students is 30 June 2020.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Learn more at our fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1524 592032