Research course

Death, Dying and Bereavement

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

Death, dying and bereavement has been a major research and teaching theme in the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care for over 20 years. Our work in this area spans death, dying and bereavement in all age groups, from before birth and at the end of a long life. It covers theoretical and practice-related dimensions including reproductive and neonatal loss, bereavement and memorialisation. Our work is theoretically driven and aims to inform both theory and practice spanning the social sciences, professional practice, caring, and education. We have strong links with local and national organisations including clinical and third sector partners. We have an innovative Death, Dying and Bereavement module, which was the first flexible learning of its kind to address the challenging area of death, dying and bereavement, as well as end of life care.

Our research is recognised for its academic excellence and ability to inform health and social care policy and practice. Members of the research group are regularly consulted on a wide range of policy and practice-related issues. In preparation for REF2021, we are currently preparing a number of impact case studies related to our research and public engagement.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Mrs Wendy Whiteley
+44 (0)1908 655364