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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Age Studies Neuroscience / Neurobiology Geriatric Medical Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This part-time, flexible Masters degree is led by the research-active academics based in our prestigious Division of Health Research. Combining innovative distance learning and face-to-face approaches, they will help you gain critical insight into ageing and develop your understanding of research design, practice and dissemination. And all while you continue to fulfil your existing responsibilities. The Division specialises in high-quality research with national and international impact on health and well-being policy. The MSc in Ageing is your chance to work with our academics on the production of a piece of analysis that makes an original contribution to knowledge development within your field and is designed for publication. Throughout your studies, we will advance your knowledge and critical understanding of theory, research, policy and practice in ageing. You’ll foster critical approaches to the review of evidence, enhance your research skills, and improve your written and oral presentation skills.

You will benefit from being part of a UK and internationally-based peer group. Fellow students, who are currently working in health and wish to develop their careers by having a higher level academic qualification, may include: academics in other institutions, health and social care professionals, public health practitioners, and those with roles in non-governmental agencies.

Teaching is delivered by blended learning, which includes two on-site Academies at Lancaster University (an Autumn Induction Academy and a second Academy, which is optional) and taught modules delivered via distance learning (we use an online platform called Moodle for this). You will participate in lectures, workshops, group discussions and individual activities during each Academy, while our distance learning approach combines live and interactive lectures, elements to be worked through autonomously, webinars and online collaboration, and group work. You will have access to a Hub space that facilitates interaction with your cohort and with other programmes in order to create a virtual information space that’s also sociable. An academic tutor and a dissertation supervisor will provide you with support for each step of your MSc. Your MSc can lead to an application for practitioner courses. It can also lead to broader employment options. Our selection of taught courses will enhance your skills in up-to-date research techniques and provide you with knowledge that extends beyond a single discipline – ensuring that you graduate with a wide range of skills that aid employability.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date



This module is an introduction to the theory and practice of qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an upper second class honours degree in relevant subject. Qualifications and/or experience considered by the University to be of an equivalent standard will also be considered.