Research course

Ageing and Later Life

Institution
Open University · Department of Health and Social Care
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry

October

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).

Potential research projects

  • Older people’s understanding and use of technologies
  • End of life
  • Policies and practices in ageing societies
  • Cultural aspects of ageing
  • Long term conditions and disability
  • Active ageing
  • Living environments, life course and ageing
  • Understanding the age-friendly community
  • Care and caring in later life
  • Intergenerational relations
  • Sexuality and later life
  • Late middle age
  • Learning in later life

Current/recent research projects

  • Digital Health Platforms for Older People
  • ​Creative Representations of Chronic Pain
  • Transitions in kitchen living: the lives of older lesbian women
  • The stretched generation - caring for children and older relatives in the same time frame
  • A case study of the statutory review system for older people in care homes in one local authority

Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

- Older people’s understanding and use of technologies - End of life - Policies and practices in ageing societies - Cultural aspects of ageing - Long term conditions and disability - Active ageing - Living environments, life course and ageing - Understanding the age-friendly community - Care and caring in later life - Intergenerational relations - Sexuality and later life - Late middle age - Learning in later life

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding for more information.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

distance learning
variable months
part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MPhil

full time
15 months
distance learning
variable months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Lindsay O'Dell
Email
hwsc-research-degrees@open.ac.uk