Advanced Care Research Centre

Application Questions

Here is a list of the questions you will need to answer on the ACRC PhD application form.

Section 1:

ACRC Academy PhD Project


1. Which PhD do you wish to apply for? (select only 1)


Identifying and resolving the ethical challenges of emergent new technologies (e.g. AI/robotics) for supporting elderly people in the community
Frailty and its impact on older people’s views about ‘quality of life’ and ‘quantity of life’
How can the ACRC and VOICE meaningfully involve people from diverse communities and address inequalities?
Allostatic load in later life: How does neighbourhood ‘get under the skin’
Neighbourhood and health in later life: a mixed methods study
Socially Assistive Robot Support to Aid Recovery After Critical Illness
Improving prediction of ageing outcomes by integrating social, environmental, and genetic information
Understanding Care Transitions in Remote Communities
What happens next? An exploration of trajectories and decision making after hospital discharge
Digital connections: Exploring the role of community-led digital connection in combatting isolation among rural elderly populations
Portable urinary incontinence management device
Activity-Based Enhancement of Quality of Life at Work for Formal Carers
Inclusive ‘Usual Care’ Pathways for BAME Older People: Co-producing a conceptualising framework
Automatic Affective Behaviour Monitoring through speech while preserving user’s privacy
The right to decide? Supported decision-making in care transitions with older adults who lack capacity.
Visualising Complex Care Pathways in Later Life
Comprehending and changing perceptions of elderly care using AI and citizen science
What can data tell us about our frailty?
Co-creating “Narratives of Usefulness”: advancing self-care through empathy-oriented digital device interventions with an ageing population
Implementation of a digital information resource for homeless people in Scotland
Evaluation of social prescribing for people in later life

Light bulb moments in the mind’s eye: take a closer look

Music and the ageing brain: can personalised music provision support communication skills and quality of life?
An investigation into socially acceptable long term anonymous video monitoring for assessment of behaviour changes in ageing adults
Independence in the “Elder Experience”


2. Are you applying for Home or International student status?

Note that International Students can apply for the highly competitive ACRC Global Scholarship (



ACRC Global Scholarship (international students only)


3. What attracted you to the ACRC Academy PhD programme? (maximum 200 words)


4. Please explain why you are applying to this particular PhD proposal. (maximum 200 words)


5. What skills and attributes will you bring to The ACRC Academy cohort? (maximum 200 words)


Section 2:

Educational Background

First degree


6. Title and subject of first degree

e.g BSc Hons in Infectious Diseases


7. Class of first degree

e.g. first, 2.1 etc , GPA score or equivalent. If you have not been awarded your degree yet, please give the class/grade you are predicted to obtain followed by "pred"


8. Graduation date of first degree

Please give a graduation date of degree study


9. Subjects studied at university

Broad subject headings, not a detailed list


10. Institution of first degree

Please give the name of the University or College, and country, in which you studied for your first degree


Section 3:

Educational background

Second degree


11. Subject of second degree (if applicable)

If you have, or are studying for a Masters degree, please give the title of the degree programme, and the dates of study in dd/mm/yyyy format


12. Class of second degree

e.g. Distiction, Merit, Pass or equivalent. If you have not been awarded your degree yet, please give the class/grade you are predicted to obtain followed by "pred"


13. Graduation date of second degree

Please give a graduation date of degree study


14. Institution of second degreePlease give the name of the University or College, and country, in which you studied (or are studying) for your second degree (if applicable)


Section 4:

Research and other experience


15. Research projects

Please give the title and a short description of any research project(s) you have carried out during your studies. Include the approximate duration of the project; whether it was part of your course or vacation work; and information about methods and techniques you have used. (Not more than 200 words per project)


16. List up to 5 of your publications (with DOI)


17. Please use this section to tell us about your interests and experiences in care for those in later life, including what motivates your interest this subject. (maximum 200 words)


18. How have your educational, research and life experiences informed your interest in a career focused on improving care provisions for those in later life? (maximum 200 words)


19.Other relevant information

Please use this section to tell us anything relevant to your application that is not covered elsewhere. This could include special circumstances related to your studies/employment, whether you attended a school that doesn’t have a track record of students going on to university, or if you have caring responsibilities.


Section 5:

Language Requirements


20. English language

Please tell us if you currently meet our English language requirements. More details can be found at Please note that you do not need to meet the requirements in order to apply, but that it is required before an unconditional offer of a place on the Programme can be made. Applicants for whom English is not first language need to submit their ILETS evidence/certificate with their application, an IELTS score of at least 7 is required.


Section 6:

Declarations & Referees


21. Referees

Please confirm here (yes/no) that you have contacted two referees who will send in recommendations in support of your application.


22. Name

Referee 1


23. Address

Referee 1


24. Email address

Referee 1


25. Name

Referee 2


26. Address

Referee 2


27. Email address

Referee 2


Section 7:

Personal Details


28. First name

Please give your first (or given) name


29. Last name

Please give your last (or family) name


30. Date of birth

Please give your date of birth


31. Place of birth

Please give the country in which you were born


32. Nationality

Please give your nationality as recorded on your passport


Section 8:

Contact details


33. Phone number

Please enter the number without spaces; a mobile number is acceptable


34. Email address


35. Address

Please give your permanent address, with each part of the address separated by commas


Section 9:

Finding the Programme


36. How did you find out about the PhD programme?



Poster in my institution

Programme website

University of Edinburgh website


Email from colleague/lecturer

Google search