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Gerontology and Ageing Studies, PhD

Swansea University

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Singleton Park Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    01-JAN-21, 01-APR-21

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

COURSE OVERVIEW

Understanding and addressing the complex issues around ageing has never been more important. In the UK over the last 25 years, the number of people aged 65 and over has increased by more than 1.5 million and globally the population aged 60 and over is growing faster than all younger age groups.

Our internationally renowned Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA) is the largest gerontology research centre in Wales and one of the largest in the UK, providing the ideal base for your postgraduate research. The CIA is also home to the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR), a multi-disciplinary research centre addressing internationally important questions in ageing and dementia.

The most recent Research Excellence Framework in 2014–2021 ranked us 3rd in the UK for our research outputs. Our PhD programme also forms part of the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre for Wales, a pan-Wales collaboration to train top-level social scientists.

We have extensive research expertise covering the influence of the natural and built environment on an ageing population, and care provision for the older person across such areas as social care, health care, residential care, palliative care, chronic conditions, and falls and their prevention.

Students are currently exploring topics such as the impact of lifestyle on cognitive function in later life, dementia care environments, age-friendly communities for people with mobility difficulties and the driving cessation process amongst older drivers.

As part of our College of Human and Health Sciences, you will benefit from a dynamic and supportive research environment with many opportunities to make connections across disciplines and develop links with organisations and policymakers both in the UK and abroad.

You will be joining a university that was named ‘University of the Year’ and ‘Postgraduate’ runner up in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2019.

Welsh Provision

If you are a Welsh speaker our dedicated academy, Academi Hywel Teifi, is here to support you throughout your time at Swansea University. We offer you:

  • An interview through the medium of Welsh when applying for a place.
  • The option to receive your personal correspondence in Welsh - we will then communicate with you in your language of choice.
  • The option to write and submit your coursework or exams through the medium of Welsh (even if you have chosen to study in English), and every effort will be made to mark your work in its original language.
  • A Welsh-speaking personal tutor.
  • One-to-one support to improve your academic Welsh language skills.

Since 2011, there has been a 40% increase in the number of students studying through the medium of Welsh at Swansea University and our TEF* data over the last two years shows that Welsh-medium students are high achievers in regards to employability (*Swansea University TEF return 2017 and 2018).

Tuition fees

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£ 17,700per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Swansea University

  • University League Table

    32nd

  • Campus address

    Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, Swansea, SA2 8PP, Wales

Swansea University has an international reach with staff, students, partnerships and research links stretching across the globe.
Swansea University campuses are vibrant and diverse with staff and students from over 130 different countries making up the friendly community.
By studying at Swansea University, students become part of a world-class research institution with grand ambitions.

Subject rankings

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    35th out of 103 7

    10th out of 35 6

    41st out of 102 9

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    127 56%

    50th

    17
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%

    38th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.25 85%

    15th

    19
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  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    100 100%

    1st

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.71 74%

    34th

    21
  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    132 67%

    32nd

    7
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74 74%

    10th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.19 84%

    17th

    17

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