Applied Dementia Studies (PhD, Faculty of Health Studies)

  School of Health Studies

About the Programme

Study a PhD at the University of Bradford and contribute new and significant knowledge to the field of Applied Dementia Studies.

Doctoral studies at Bradford focus on improving care, health and wellbeing of people with, or affected by, dementia. Many of our students are involved in researching two main areas:

  • Living well with dementia
  • Improving the quality of care for people affected by dementia

Submit your research proposal

Submit a research proposal and help us achieve our ambition of improving the lives of those affected by dementia.

Read our guide on submitting a research proposal.

Our supervisors welcome proposals relating to their specialist areas of interest: 

Dr Danielle Jones

Qualitative methods, interactional linguistics, conversation analysis, applied dementia research, communication in family care, communication in healthcare, teaching and learning approaches for dementia education, paramedicine and dementia, brain health and MCRI. 

Dr Ana Barbosa 

Care homes, dementia education, care workforce wellbeing, dementia and co-morbidities, person-centred dementia care, technology and dementia. 

Dr Catherine Quinn 

Caring for people with dementia, relationship dynamics in dementia care, positive/asset-based approaches to dementia, living well with dementia, advanced dementia, perceptions/understandings of dementia, frailty. 

Dr Sahdia Parveen

Health psychology, behaviour change, patient safety, diversity and dementia (particularly the experience of minority ethnic communities), family carers, implementation science, development and psychometric testing of questionnaires. 

Dr Lindsey Collins

Speech and language therapy, dysphagia, person-centred dementia care, communication in dementia care, care homes, dementia education for health and social care staff, observational tools.

The Centre for Applied Dementia Studies

Our research students are based in the University’s Centre for Applied Dementia Studies, in the Faculty of Health Studies. The Centre is making a substantial, on-going contribution to dementia research:

  • Our research impact is ranked as outstanding in REF2014
  • We’ve trained over 8,500 people to use our practice development methodology, Dementia Care Mapping
  • We were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for our world-leading work to improve the lives of people living with dementia through education

We are developing the next generation of applied dementia research leaders through our Doctoral Training Centre.

Doctoral Training Centre

The Dementia Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Bradford was established in 2015 with funding from the UK Alzheimer’s Society. The Centre was one of eight funded across the UK with the aim of creating future leaders in dementia research. 

The DTC now embraces all PhD students associated with the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies, and is helping to build research capacity in dementia, creating the future leaders that dementia research and dementia care need.  

Funding opportunities

We can help you source funding for your project. There are multiple sources of financial support available, including:

Distance learning research opportunities

If your project is suitable, you may be able to study by distance learning – meaning you can shape the future of dementia care from anywhere in the world.

Our distance learning students enjoy access to all the same online resources and support as our campus-based students.

Why Bradford?

  • Our reputation for research: 96% of our research was rated world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • PGR Connect: our peer support initiative for research students
  • PGR Lounge: the on-campus hub of our research community
  • Postgraduate Research Framework: extensive support resources for our research students

Find out more about life as a research student at Bradford

Entry requirements

Find out about our entry requirements on our Faculty of Health Studies PhD page.

Application deadlines

Applications can be submitted at any time, with start dates available in February, June and October every year.

Full details on applying for an advertised project or submitting a research proposal can be found on our postgraduate research website.

Contact our dementia team

If you would like more information about studying a research degree at our Centre for Applied Dementia Studies, please visit the Applied Dementia Studies website.

Funding Notes

The PhD opportunities on this programme do not have funding attached. You will need to have your own means of paying fees and living costs and / or seek separate funding from student finance, charities or trusts.

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