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Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing PG Cert, PG Dip, MSc

Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing PG Cert, PG Dip, MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Geriatric Medical Studies Age Studies Geriatric Nursing

Course type


Course Summary

Globally, the number of older persons is growing faster than the number of people in any other age group, putting pressure on all sectors of society.

This course cuts across two key scientific areas.

We challenge you to consider how the process of ageing happens across an individual’s life course, not just in later years.
We teach a multidisciplinary approach to gerontology that considers the social impact of ageing.

You'll explore a range of health, social care and policy contexts from around the world that you can apply to a local context.

Our Masters in Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing can be studied entirely online and on a part-time basis, giving you the opportunity to benefit from our expertise in the subject from anywhere in the world, at times that suit your schedule. You will also have opportunities to collaborate and study with other students from around the world.

Course objectives

We strive for excellence in online teaching equipping you with the expertise you need to support ageing populations. Our objectives for this course include helping you to:

  • develop an advanced understanding of theory and multidisciplinary perspectives in social gerontology and approaches to ageing
  • critically analyse research and policy on key social gerontological and ageing issues
  • demonstrate critical awareness of international best practice and interventions that facilitate positive ageing with complex co-morbidities, frailty or dementia
  • become a critical thinker who can reflect on the experiences of older persons globally and apply to your local context
  • develop knowledge and skills in digital learning and online collaboration

Students can exit at PG Cert and PG Dip awards.

Different course options

Study mode



3 years

Start date



This module will enable students to understand the experiences of the frail older person in a range of cultures and contexts and to reflect on assessment, prevention and enabling strategies. Frailty is the most common condition leading to death among the population of people aged over 80. Yet, we know that frailty is not an inevitable consequence of ageing and can be delayed or prevented.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2:1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.