Research course

Ageing and Later Life

Open University · Department of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) plus either a masters degree or research methods training at masters level (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Research in ageing and later life has a distinguished history within the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care’s Centre for Ageing and Biographical Studies (CABS), which involves current and emeritus staff, doctoral students and associated academics from other institutions.

Research in this area is wide ranging and interdisciplinary, with a strong emphasis on qualitative and participative research methods that address experiences of ageing. Projects have been supported by a variety of funders including Research Councils, the Department of Health, local authorities, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and many other charities and voluntary organisations. Recent projects include work on where and how older people live, including: the role of kitchens; the needs and aspirations of older people living with vision impairments and with dementia; health effects of housing renovation and thermal upgrading; social isolation and loneliness; care and caring. Current projects include: exploring how older people learn about and use technologies (ICTs, wearables, haptics, online learning, digital skills).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
      full time
      36 months
      • MPhil
        full time
        15 months
          part time
          24 months

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