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Full time | Highfield Campus | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Age Studies

Course type


Course Summary

About this course

Gerontology is the study of ageing and its effects on individuals and societies. On this full-time PGCert in gerontology at the University of Southampton you'll study the changes people experience as they age. You'll look into the effect of aging populations globally and locally, on social institutions, labour markets, welfare systems and families. Prepare for a career in gerontology or applied health and social sciences.

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

On this UK postgraduate certificate 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


You’ll graduate with the knowledge and practical skills to work with older people in a wide range of settings.


The module involves lectures and guest lectures from different disciplines. Learning activities include lectures, informal group discussions and independent study. Students are expected to carry out some reading in advance of each session, in order to be able to participate in discussions.

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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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