Increased life expectancy is one of the most notable human achievements of the last century. We are living longer, and our quality of life depends on healthy ageing. Older people are at increased risk of disease and disability. This can seriously affect their quality of life and impact on their families. This is why Newcastle's research and treatment of our ageing population is important for us all.
MPhil, PhD and MD supervision is normally available in the following areas:Biological mechanisms of ageing
Intrinsic cellular and molecular mechanisms and biomarkers of the ageing process.Clinical studies of age-related diseases
Experimental medicine and translation of basic science for patient benefits.Ageing health and society
The social dimensions of population ageing, and health care policy and provision.Technology for an ageing population
Research and development of innovative assistive technologies to support independence and quality of life.Nutrition and oral health
The role of nutritional factors in healthy ageing and the impacts of oral health.Ethics, philosophy and engagement
Ethics and principles underlying attempts to improve the quality of later life. This includes working with older people and their representative organisations.
For more information about staff specialisms please read about our ageing research.Delivery
Postgraduate research involves two supervisors providing a breadth of expertise in your subject area. As part of the Institute for Ageing, you can attend:
Our Medical Sciences Graduate School has a thriving postgraduate research culture. It also offers support for international students. We have an excellent record for:
You have access to a wide range of facilities dedicated to ageing research. The majority of these are based at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality.
They include laboratories and equipment such as:
Find out our more about our ageing research facilities.
The Faculty of Medical Sciences also brings together ageing research from across the University.
You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
See Training and Skills tab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus.
You need the following IELTS score:
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Schedule IELTS
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You need the following GPA score:
Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).
Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).
English Language Requirements
To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements:
IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills).
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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