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Healthy ageing in England: PhD project on health care, physical activity and social engagement in people over 50 in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (STEELU20FMH)

Project Description

This PhD project in the Health Services and Primary Care Group at the University of East Anglia offers an exciting opportunity to work on the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), which collects data from people aged over 50 to understand all aspects of ageing in England. More than 18,000 people have taken part in the study since it started in 2002, with the same people re-interviewed every two years. The lead supervisor is a long standing member of the ELSA scientific team, is familiar with the study and the longitudinal dataset, and has a track record of successful PhD supervision. The focus of the PhD project will be on analysis of ELSA data on health care, physical activity and social engagement, leading to an improved understanding of the health behaviours and experiences of the over 50’s and informing future healthcare policy and practice.

More information on the supervisor for this project:
Type of programme: PhD
Start date: October 2020
Mode of study: Full-time
Studentship length: 3 years

Entry requirements; Acceptable first degree in Biological Sciences, Mathematics, Computing, Health Sciences including clinical medicine and nursing, psychology, economics, statistics, other relevant subject. The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1

Funding Notes

This PhD project is in a Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences competition for funded studentships. These studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise of Home/EU fees, a stipend of £15,009 and £1000 per annum to support research training. Overseas applicants may apply but are required to fund the difference between home/EU and overseas tuition fees (in 2020-21 the international fee is £19,100 for lab based projects and £15,700 for non-lab based projects but fees are subject to an annual increase).


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v) Enwo O, Player E, Steel N, Ford J. The Impact of Life Events on Later Life: A Latent Class Analysis of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Journal of Public Health In Press 2020

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