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Dementia Studies MPhil/PhD

The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Dementia Studies.

Research at Worcester has grown significantly in the last 10 years as the University itself has expanded. As a research student you will join a vibrant student community in our Research School and become part of our dynamic research environment.

You will have the opportunity to be supervised by leading researchers in your field and take advantage of our rich Researcher Development programme which will help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to complete your research degree but also enhance the skills you will need in any future career.


The Association for Dementia Studies

The Association for Dementia Studies is a multi-professional university research centre with many years of experience in the field of person-centred dementia care and support. We make a cutting edge contribution to developing evidence-based practical ways of working with people living with dementia, their families, friends and carers that enable them to live well. We draw on and contribute to the international evidence base for person-centred dementia care. Using this evidence, we deliver education programmes that empower people to provide skilled, competent and compassionate care. Our work influences policy change at a local, national and international level and changes practice on the front line.

Our research informs practice and policy for people living with dementia, their families, and the professionals who support them. We work in partnership with organisations across the public, private and third sectors.

Our MPhil/PhD research degree programme offers you:

Wide variety of research interests

The Institute of Health and Society has a strong mix of academics with a high degree of professional and personal experience, enabling you to get the most out of your programme. Areas of expertise and interest include; Living Well with Dementia, Supporting Choice and Control at Home and in Supported Housing, Excellence in Person-Centred Care in Care Homes, Dementia-Friendly Hospital Care, Environments to Enhance Wellbeing for People Living with Dementia.

Excellent supervision

Benefit from a professional and challenging relationship with your supervisory team, drawn from experienced academics working at the forefront of their disciplines.


Access to the University of Worcester’s virtual resources and its state of the art library facilities.

In early 2015 the Alzheimer’s Society funded eight Doctoral Training Centres (DTC) in various aspects of dementia to help to increase research knowledge and capacity in this vital area. One of the successful centres is TAnDem, a partnership between the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester and the Centre for Dementia, University of Nottingham. TAnDem has been funded to focus on studying The Arts and Dementia. Four students began their PhDs in 2015 researching the following:

  • Evaluating Arts Interventions in Residential Homes (Imagine)
  • An International Taxonomy of Arts Interventions for People Living with Dementia
  • Evaluating the Impact of Arts-based Interventions and Activities in Dementia: methodological challenges and solutions
  • Tailoring Arts Interventions to Individual Needs in Dementia: delivery of arts activities and individual difference (what works for whom)

Some of the other research projects currently taking place in Dementia Studies include: the cognitive predictors of progression from mild cognitive impairment to dementia and incorporating a live-in care-worker into the home of a couple where one spouse has dementia.

How to apply

How to apply

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Research School on 01905 542182 or

Before you submit a full application, please contact Dr Yvonne Thomas ( to discuss your research project and the availability of appropriate supervision.



Professor Eleanor Bradley
Expertise: adult mental health; medicines conversations (information-exchange, concordance); family input and support (shared decision making, coproduction); non-medical prescribing; qualitative research.

Professor Dawn Brooker
Expertise: dementia studies; clinical psychology; ageing.

Dr Shirley Evans 
Expertise: dementia research; post-diagnostic support; technology and inclusion; lifelong learning.

Dr Simon Evans
Expertise: dementia research; research ethics; retirement housing; user involvement in research.

Dr Clare Garabedian
Expertise: dementia studies, ageing, end of life, creative arts, music, communication.

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