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Gerontology (Distance Learning) (MSc)

Gerontology (Distance Learning) (MSc)

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Distance without attendance | Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom | 1 year | 02-OCT-23

Study mode

Distance without attendance


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Age Studies

Course type


Course Summary

About this course

Gerontology looks at ageing and its impact on individuals and society. On our MSc Gerontology (Distance Learning) course at the University of Southampton you'll learn about the changes people experience as they age and the effects of ageing populations on society. This course is ideal if you need the flexibility to combine work and postgraduate study.

Understanding the process of population ageing can benefit areas such as health and social care, research, and local and national policy.

On this UK online master’s degree in gerontology, you’ll look at the subject from a range of perspectives, including policy, demography, sociology, biology, healthcare sciences, psychology and economics.

You’ll develop:

  • understanding of key theories in gerontology and their application
  • knowledge of modern global debates around the lives of older people, their families and societies
  • the ability to evaluate policies and initiatives concerning issues like population ageing, welfare provision and quality of life
  • qualitative and quantitative research skills
  • the ability to design and conduct independent research in gerontology using appropriate research methods
  • skills for a career in gerontology, applied health or social sciences


You’ll graduate with the knowledge and practical skills for a career in gerontology or applied health and social sciences.

You’ll also be in an ideal position to continue your researches at PhD level.


To provide you with a foundation of knowledge in the area of social policy, health and well-being in later life. You will be introduced to key issues and literature concerning the current structure and workings of the welfare state, focusing on the health and social care for older people. You will become familiar with the debates and literature on inequalities in health and the use of health care services in later life; the mixed economy of social care and the role of different providers (state, family, voluntary, private); different models of successful coping with stressful life events; needs assessment; and partnership working. The module will examine the relative importance of different factors in the quality of life of older people and how policy can influence these.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Students will need a 2:1 degree in social science or a subject related to ageing.

University information

The University of Southampton is an institution with a strong heritage, with more than 100 years of history and tradition supporting a modern educational model that focuses on student success. Southampton is one of the founding members of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group, a network of research-focused and prestigious universities. Today, the 2023 Complete University Guide league table places Southampton among the top 13 institutions...more

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