Ph.D. On Campus

Ageing, Health and Welfare

University of Glasgow

36 months
23000 GBP/year
4407 GBP/year
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We address key questions in the fundamental biology of ageing, animal welfare and food security. How and why does ageing occur and what are its impacts on health and well-being? How do animals cope with pollutants? How do we achieve sustainable animal production whilst protecting animal health and welfare? Ageing, Health and Welfare is offered  at the University of Glasgow.


Ageing, Health and Welfare affects almost all species, but the rate at which it occurs varies considerably among and within species. People are now living much longer than previous generations, with ageing being the major risk factor for many diseases. This has given rise to the concept of not only our ‘life span’ but also our ‘health span’ which is the length of a disease free life. We know that the environment we live in can influence how we age, it is now increasingly recognised that the aging process and its associated disease risk can be ‘set up’ or programmed by events experienced before we are born ‘prenatal programming’ or during post natal development ie pre and peripubertal as well as in adult life. Consequently, understanding why we age, how we age, the factors responsible for variation in ageing and longevity and the impact ageing has on health and wellbeing is a major challenge in science today.

Learning outcomes

Health of managed and wild animals, as well as of humans, is also at risk from processes and products that arise during food production, for example endocrine disruptors and animal and human digestive end products. University of Glasgow investigate effects of such substances and of various other pollutants and stressors in projects at the intersection of animal biology and veterinary medicine.

To achieve these overall aims this research theme actively collaborates with others in this university (e.g. biomedics, clinicians, veterinarians, Glasgow Polyomics facility) and elsewhere, including Government agencies (e.g. DEFRA), external institutes (e.g. The James Hutton Institute, Moredun Research Institute) and commercial partners.

Programme Structure

Specific areas of interest include:

  • Interplay between physiology, behaviour and life history
  • Wild immunology
  • Avian reproduction
  • Mammalian reproductive physiology and neuroendocrinology
  • Poultry science
  • Environmental factors, chemical exposure and reproductive function
  • Maternal smoking and development
  • The effect of environmental stressors on ageing and longevity
  • Evaluating stress in companion animals
  • Organic production systems and animal welfare
  • Physiology, ecology and migration of birds
  • Annual and daily rhythms of wild organisms
  • Biological clocks and response to environmental change
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
First Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23000 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 23000 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4407 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4407 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Glasgow

620 - 1012 GBP /month
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