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 one of the School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Carers major research and teaching themes for over twenty years. The work in this area ranges from dying through to death and bereavement in all age groups - before birth and at the end of a long life. End-of-life care is a key strand of research and teaching, and includes the underpinning philosophy, care planning and delivery; cultural diversity in death, dying and bereavement; and reproductive loss (abortion, miscarriage and stillbirth). Ethics at the end of life and the development of professional competencies are key aspects of this challenging area. Other research has focused on people whose job it is to deal with deceased people, such as hospital staff and undertakers.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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