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Gerontology and Ageing Studies, MSc

Gerontology and Ageing Studies, MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Age Studies Biology Geriatric Medical Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This course will equip you with the specialist knowledge and experience to work with and for, older people, design policies, manage and deliver services, and create products for an ageing population. You will gain a unique insight into the policy differences between the devolved countries of the UK and across the globe, as well as refining research and analytical skills valued by employers in this rapidly evolving field.

As part of our College of Human and Health Sciences, you will benefit from a dynamic teaching and research environment, with many opportunities to make connections across disciplines. Our postgraduate students have pursued careers in a wide range of sectors, including: Local/national government; Social work/social services; Health service; Academic and policy research; Insurance and financial services; Architecture; Town planning; and Product design and innovation.

Different course options

Full time | Singleton Park Campus | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The module considers different perspectives on ageing. It provides students with an understanding of theoretical approaches, current debates and issues in gerontology. By the end of the module students should be able to: critically evaluate the key theoretical approaches to ageing; critically discuss those conceptual frameworks that help understand the lives of older people; critically analyse the implications of theories and frameworks for practice and the study of ageing; critically consider that way that changes in the life course impact upon the ageing experience; and challenge policy assumptions using a critical theoretical approach, with a heightened awareness of how societal changes are reflected in policy and how these change over time.

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 will need: a UK 2.2 degree or its equivalent; evidence of recent academic study. We will consider students if they have relevant work experience or professional qualifications. This includes for example at least two years’ experience in local authorities, health, private and voluntary organisations and industry.

University information

Located on the stunning Swansea Bay coastline, this Welsh university provides easy access to the city centre, as well as to the beaches of the spectacular Gower Peninsula. Swansea has recently been named University of the Year by students at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, where it was also runner-up in the Postgraduate category. It’s also recognised as a UK top 30 research institution (Research Excellence Framework 2014). The...more