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MSc Global Ageing (Online)

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Full time | University of Stirling | 12 months | 07-JUN-21

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Age Studies Biology Geriatric Medical Studies

Course type


Course Summary


This course will provide you with an advanced understanding about the ageing of individuals and populations, the implications this has for policy, practice and the development of products and services, as well as the demands and challenges this raises. It covers content and skills development in social gerontology, ageing and population studies, dementia studies and health care and practice.

The key competencies you will gain and enhance will be in line with the highest international standards set by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education’s Gerontological Competencies for Undergraduate and Graduate Education, a leading framework for teaching gerontology.

The applied nature of the course and its focus on positive interventions into the experiences of older people will support skills acquisition, employability and career progression in fields related to supporting, researching and intervening in ageing populations and societies. Students can also exit with PGCert and PGDip awards.

Course objectives

At the end of this course, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of theory and practice in social gerontology and ageing studies.
  • Critically analyse empirical research and policy linked to ageing and the experiences of older people across the world.
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of international best practice in supporting older people and ageing societies.
  • Evidence critical thinking, problem-solving and multidisciplinarity.
  • Demonstrate skills in digital learning and collaboration.


The module looks at the experiences of people with dementia, their carers and families, through the lifespan of the condition from diagnosis to end of life care and death. The module focuses on the lived experiences of people with dementia and draws on the increasing amount of research literature that engages directly with people with dementia and their carers. The responses of individuals, families and communities to dementia are explored and how these responses impact on the experiences of the person with dementia are examined. The module follows the different steps in an individual’s journey from diagnosis to death focusing on key steps within this journey: diagnosis, living at home, going to hospital, living in a long term care setting and end of life care. Current policy and practice responses in the UK and beyond are discussed for each setting alongside case studies and practice examples highlighting diversity.
Research methods in the social sciences (20 Credits) - Core
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Ageing (20 Credits) - Core
Lessons from the Longitudinal Studies of Ageing (20 Credits) - Core
Project Work (40 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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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.