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Ageing, MPhil

Newcastle University, the United Kingdom

Newcastle University

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
MPhilFull-time12 monthsfind outfind outfind out
MDFull-time24 monthsfind outfind outfind out
PhDFull-time36 monthsfind outfind outfind out
MPhilPart-time24 monthsfind outfind outfind out
MDPart-time48 monthsfind outfind outfind out
PhDPart-time72 monthsfind outfind outfind out

About Ageing, MPhil - at Newcastle University

The range of research topics for our Ageing MPhil, PhD and MD programmes is diverse. They include: biology of ageing; age-related diseases; ageing health and society; technology; nutrition and oral health; and ethics.

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.


Our new School of Pharmacy has scientists and clinicians working together on all aspects of pharmaceutical sciences and clinical pharmacy.

We will be offering the following PhD projects:

  • Drug Delivery Approaches for Improved Treatment of Disease
  • Targeting Biosynthetic and Regulatory Pathways of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis as Novel Drug Targets
  • Design, Synthesis and Target Identification of Novel Anti-Tubercular Agents
  • Activity-Based Chemical Probes for the Profiling of Cytochrome P450s
  • Development of Novel Silanediol HDAC Inhibitors for the Treatment of Cancer


Postgraduate research involves two supervisors providing a breadth of expertise in your subject area. As part of the Institute for Ageing, you can attend:

  • seminars
  • journal clubs
  • research group discussions

Our Medical Sciences Graduate School has a thriving postgraduate research culture. It also offers support for international students. We have an excellent record for:

  • timely PhD submissions
  • providing training in professional skills and research techniques
  • supporting personal development


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:

  • Ageing Research Laboratories
  • Newcastle Biomedical Research Building
  • Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre
  • Clinical Ageing Research Unit
  • Wolfson Research Centre

The Faculty of Medical Sciences also brings together ageing research from across the University.

    Training & Skills

    As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and support elements to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School.

    Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School

    Our Medical Sciences Graduate School is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. We can help and advise you on a variety of queries relating to your studies, funding or welfare.

    Our Research Student Development Programme supports and complements your research whilst developing your professional skills and confidence.

    You will make an on-going assessment of your own development and training needs through personal development planning (PDP) in the ePortfolio system. Our organised external events and development programme have been mapped against the Vitae Researcher Development Framework to help you identify how best to meet your training and development needs.

    How to Apply

    See our How to Apply page:

    Notes about fees for this course

     See our course-specific Fees and Funding page.

    Entry requirements


    A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a science or medicine related subject.


    A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent. Further research experience or a master's degree would be advantageous.


    A MBBS, or an equivalent medical degree.

    International Students

    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).

    Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

    The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

    You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate. You'll need to get this before you can get your visa or study on this programme. We'll let you know about the ATAS requirement in your offer letter.

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