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Dementia Studies PhD

Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

The PhD in Dementia Studies is your chance to work with these world-leading academics on the production of a thesis that makes an original contribution to knowledge development within your area of professional practice. Research into dementia is increasingly being given funding priority, reflecting both national and worldwide emphases on the importance of improving care. The UK Government has stated that by 2020 the UK should be ‘the best place in the world to undertake research into dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases’. Our prestigious Division of Health Research is home to the Centre for Ageing Research and to a number of staff who are internationally recognised experts in dementia.

You will participate in lectures, workshops, group discussions and individual activities during each Academy, while our distance learning approach combines live and interactive lectures, elements to be worked through autonomously, webinars and online collaboration, and group work. You will benefit from being part of a UK and internationally-based peer group of health workers who wish to undertake formal study at the same time as they are working. All students have access to a Hub space that facilitates interaction with your cohort and with other programmes, creating a virtual information space that’s also sociable. An academic tutor and then two research supervisors will provide you with support for each step of your PhD. They will also encourage you to attend external workshops and conferences (using University funds, where available, to support this). Our selection of taught courses will enhance your skills in up-to-date research techniques and provide you with knowledge that extends beyond a single discipline, so you’ll graduate with a wide range of skills that aid employability.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


4 years

Start date



The aim of this module is to provide students with an advanced introduction to the methods commonly used in health research. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of: How to use Moodle for distance learning and engage with peers and staff online; Using the library as a distance learning student; How to search the literature; Using End Note; How to synthesise evidence; Standards of academic writing; The nature of plagiarism and how to reference source material correctly; Theoretical perspectives in health research; The practical process of conducting research; How to formulate appropriate questions and hypotheses; How to choose appropriate methodology; Quantitative and qualitative research method; Research ethics; Disseminating and implementing research into practice; Programme-specific research.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

£3246 per year for 2018/19 entry. There is slight increase in fees for 2019/20 entry. If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an upper second class honours degree, in a relevant subject. Qualifications and/or experience considered by the University to be of an equivalent standard will also be considered.