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Social Science, Health & Medicine / Gerontology Research

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Profile Description


Health and illness are more than medical matters.

The Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine is a unique interdisciplinary social science department working in collaboration with biomedical researchers and clinicians. We seek to understand the social determinants of health, illness and ageing, and the way in which advances in biomedicine and biotechnology are changing the nature of medical practice and conceptions of health and illness. Research in the Department  (established January 2012) focuses on the social, political, economic, legal and ethical factors shaping developments in biomedicine, disease and healthcare and their implications. Our Department also incorporates the Institute of Gerontology, one of the leading gerontological research and teaching centres worldwide. Founded in 1986, the Institute is at the vanguard of multi-disciplinary research and teaching, acting as a bridge between the social and clinical sciences. We welcome applications for prospective students which relate to our current research priorities;


Global health inequalities;
• Ageing policy, health & healthcare
• Bioeconomies and commercial and economic factors in medical developments and health care;

• Biomedicine, bioscience and society;
• Communities, work & family life;
• Developments in health and medical technologies, social science and aging;
• Global ageing
• Health policy and health economics;
• Mental health, psychiatry and neuroscience;
• The problems of translational research;
• The definition and measurement of health and social outcomes by governments, insurers, professionals and patients.

Full details of the Social Science, Health & Medicine and Gerontology Research programmes are available on our online prospectus;

Social Science, Health & Medicine: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus/research/gerontology
Gerontology Research: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus/research/gerontology

UK and EU students can seek funding from ESRC and AHRC. Other funding sources include Wellcome Trust Medical History and Humanities Programme. Overseas students should seek funding from their national funding agencies.


Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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