Research course

Geriatric Medicine

University of Edinburgh · School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

Months of entry

April, September, October

Course content

Our research activities and collaborations span preclinical science, experimental medicine and clinical trials, with the focus on the key geriatric syndromes of cognitive impairment, stroke and frailty, each leading causes of morbidity. Our work also encompasses the broader field of healthy ageing.

The research programmes in geriatric medicine have their main bases in three different hospitals:

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

A programme of studies of the effects of use, disuse, ageing, and disease on muscle structure and function. In addition, work continues on the development of case mix adjusted outcome assessment to facilitate increasingly sophisticated comparisons of hip fracture care in different centres.

The Royal Infirmary is also the base for studies investigating the role of fitness training after stroke, the effect of stroke on muscle function and fatigue after stroke, in close collaboration with the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences; and for new studies investigating the role of glucocorticoids in the aetiology of delirium following surgery.

Western General Hospital

A series of collaborations with the IDG in brain ageing and its disorders, the SFC Brain Imaging Research Centre and the MRC Human Genetics Unit, examining factors influencing age-associated changes in cognitive function, including early life influences. There are also studies of the health of older adults with a learning disability.

Borders General Hospital

The base for Scotland’s first comprehensive stroke ascertainment study, which is creating a wide range of research opportunities, in addition to providing information crucial for service planning and development.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Geriatric Medicine
+44 (0) 131 242 6481