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Social Gerontology PhD

Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Age Studies Geriatric Medical Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Gerontology research at Keele is based within the Centre for Social Gerontology (CSG) which has an international reputation in the scientific study of old age. The Centre’s research focuses on the social analysis of ageing, drawing on a variety of disciplinary and multi-disciplinary perspectives to examine individual and social ageing. Relevant courses are available on qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods which are part of the ESRC-recognised MRes Social Science Research Methods. Students are involved in research and training activities within CSG and the Institute for Life Course Studies, and within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. This includes participating in internal and external seminars, and presenting emerging research findings to a range of different audiences. There are monthly meetings of the PhD student group and students are expected to participate in activities organised by the British Society of Gerontology’s ‘Emerging Scholars in Ageing’ group. Students have access to a group of internationally recognised researchers in the field of ageing. Our staff has a wide range of supervisory experience drawing on quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods traditions. Such expertise includes grounded theory, narrative approaches, participatory-action research, surveys and biographical and life-course methods.

Different course options

Full time | Keele University | 3 years | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

The fee for 2018/19 entry is £4,260. There is slight increase for 2019/20 entry. Continuation fee: 1-12 months: £300; 12 months+: £600.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have a a first or 2.1 classification, or the equivalent if you have been educated outside the UK.