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GERO6030 Gerontology Transitional Project

Module Overview

This module supports the requirement for students to transition from the taught to the research element of the Integrated PhD in Gerontology.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Identify key research questions within the field of Gerontology upon which you will carry out independent research.
  • Carrying out a literature review of the relevant field.
  • Understand and apply theoretical frameworks to the chosen area of study.
  • Apply the research training acquired in the taught element of the programme by designing an appropriate research strategy and research methodology to carry out your research.
  • Develop your skills in reporting results with reference to existing literature.
  • Develop your skills in drawing out the implications of your research for further research and policy/practice.
  • Develop your skills in managing your time effectively whilst working on your independent research.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify the necessary elements for carrying out independent research, such as preparing an ethics application.
  • Identify and summarise relevant literature
  • Conduct the preliminary collection, analysis and interpretation of qualitative, quantitative or documentary data to investigate your chosen key research questions; or carry out a literature-based study on a selected research issue data.
  • Develop your skills in academic writing.
  • Reference sources correctly and accurately, and develop other aspects of academic writing, such as the clarity of written language, and the clarity of the structure.


The module will include: Meetings with your main Supervisor over the transition to research phase period in order to discuss different aspects of the PhD process, such as guidelines for formatting written work, choice of topic, period of study, supervision, length, layout, language, referencing, figures/tables, risk assessment form, ethics, disclaimer, binding; Independent study.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

As part of this module, you will be offered an opportunity to discuss and further develop the topic of your PhD research with your PhD supervisors. You will be given guidance on the preparation of your PhD thesis via general support and direction by your supervisors while you are carrying out your preliminary independent study to inform your research. Your PhD Supervisors will meet with you during the summer/autumn period in order to discuss progress of your transition into the research element of the IPhD Gerontology, and support you during such transition.

Independent Study592
Project supervision8
Total study time600

Resources & Reading list

Aveyard, H. (2014). Doing a Literature Review in Health and Social Care: A Practical Guide. 

Petticrew, M. and H. Roberts (2006). Systematic Reviews in the Social Sciences: A Practical Guide. 

Bryman, A. (2012). Social Research Methods. 

Denscombe, M. (2010). The Good Research Guide: For Small-Scale Social Research Projects. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Project  (15000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Anything else not covered elsewhere

Students are responsible for the costs associated with any preliminary research and fieldwork, for example printing of questionnaires, postage of invitation letters, and travel expenses.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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