Gain interdisciplinary study skills in the field of population science and the analysis of demographic phenomena. Learn about population change, its relationship to policy and how to analyse population dynamics.
Compulsory modules: Demographic Methods I & II; Qualitative Methods; Population, Poverty and Policy; Research Skills; Quantitative Methods I & II or Generalised Linear Models; Survey Design; Understanding Population Change
Optional modules: Analysis of Hierarchical (Multilevel and Longitudinal) Data; Population and Reproductive Health; Methods for Researching in Ageing Societies; Family Demography; Critical Issues in Global Health: Concept and Case Studies; Methods and Analysis of Global Health Trends and Differentials; Philosophy of Social Science Research; Social Science Data: Sources and Measurement. Modules on other MSc programmes (eg MSc Gerontology, MSc Social Statistics) may be taken as options after discussion with your academic tutor and the MSc programme coordinator Plus dissertation
This programme trains you in the theory and methods of social statistics, exposing you to cutting-edge social statistical practice and preparing you for carrying out research in the social sciences. There is a particular focus on survey design and analysis, statistical modelling of complex data and demographic methods.
Compulsory modules: Quantitative Methods I & II or Generalised Linear Models; Survey Design; Demographic Methods I; Qualitative Methods I; Analysis of Hierarchical (Multilevel and Longitudinal) Data; Research Skills; Social Science Data: Sources and Measurement. Optional modules: Computer-intensive Statistical Methods; Critical Issues in Global Health: Concept and Case Studies; Methods and Analysis of Global Health Trends and Differentials; Philosophy of Social Science Research; Family Demography; Qualitative Methods II; Statistical Theory and Linear Models; Demographic Methods II; Design of Experiments; Epidemiological Methods; Migration and Development; Multivariate Analysis; Population, Poverty and Policy; Population and Reproductive Health; Methods for Researching in Ageing Societies; Statistical Computing; Statistical Genetics; Survey Methods I; Survival Analysis; Understanding Population Change Plus dissertation
The Gerontology course will build your awareness of global perspectives on ageing and the lives of older people by drawing on the views and experience of a wide range of experts including geriatricians, clinicians, demographers, policy analysts and sociologists.
The Gerontology course offers you flexibility with the choice to study either full or parttime. This interdisciplinary course is an ideal study pathway for health professionals including geriatricians, psychiatrists, GPs, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. The course is also suited to graduates from the social and natural sciences, management, policy and politics, economics, law and the humanities.
The course is made up of required and optional modules totalling 180 credits (60 of which come
from a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words).
Aimed at: health professionals including geriatricians, psychiatrists, GPs, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and others from the medical and health sciences, as well as students from other disciplines including social and natural sciences, management, policy and politics, economics, law and humanities.
We will teach you through a combination of lectures and seminars, and you will typically have 15 hours of this per module, over a 10 week term. We also expect you to undertake 135 hours of independent study for each module. For your 12,000 word dissertation, we will provide six half-hour supervisory sessions and three 2-hour workshops to complement your 591 hours of independent study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
The department assesses students using a combination of essays, written examinations, oral presentations and the dissertation. The nature of assessment varies by module. The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.
Our graduates go on to pursue of a range of careers including consultant positions in geriatric medicine and psychiatry, specialist healthcare roles with older people, and strategic positions influencing the lives of older people in government, policy and voluntary and non-governmental organisations.
The Public Policy & Ageing MA is a multi-disciplinary course that covers policy making and analysis, specifically how the state addresses the challenges that arise in economic, social, political and health arenas.
You will develop a broad understanding of demographic, policy, social and economic concerns within the management of ageing societies. This course will equip you with the analytical and critical skills relevant for understanding the challenges of public policies and their implementation.
The Public Policy & Ageing course offers you flexibility, with the choice to study either full or part-time. This multi-disciplinary course is an ideal study pathway for health professionals including geriatricians, psychiatrists, GPs, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. The course is also suited to graduates from the social and natural sciences, management, policy and politics, economics, law and the humanities.
Aimed at students interested in government, policy, politics, NGOs, voluntary sector, development work, comparative studies and ageing who wish to develop specialist understanding of policymaking for old age and ageing populations. It combines theoretical studies of public policy with multidisciplinary studies of ageing and later life.
We will teach you through a combination of lectures and seminars, and you will typically have 15 hours of this per module over a 10 week term. We also expect you to undertake 135 hours of independent study for each module. For your dissertation, we will provide three 2-hour workshops and six half-hour supervisory sessions and to complement your 591 hours of independent study.
The primary methods of assessment for this course are a combination of essays, written examinations and oral presentations. The course also requires a 10,000-12,000 word word supervised dissertation on the subject of Public Policy & Ageing.
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This Gerontology and Ageing Studies course is designed to meet employer needs and prepares students with the knowledge and experience needed to work with older people, design policies, manage and deliver services and manufacture products for an ageing population.
- International approach that is unique in the UK
- Hosted in the internationally renowned research centre, the Centre for Innovative Ageing
- The centre is the largest gerontology research centre in Wales and the second largest in the UK
- The Centre hosts the Older People and Ageing Research and Development Network and the Wales Stroke Research Interest Group
- Offers strong national and international links as well as links with the Wales Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network.
Teaching and Employability:
- programme is designed to meet employer needs
- encompasses a range of disciplines delivered by subject leaders and experts from around the world
- opportunities for work placements within local NGO’s (non-Governmental Organisations)
- opportunity to study abroad at one of the College’s partner institutions in Alberta, Canada
The field of ageing is becoming increasingly important: Over the last 25 years the percentage of the population aged 65 and over increased from 15% in 1983 to 16 per cent in 2008, an increase of 1.5 million people in this age group. This trend is projected to continue. By 2033, 23 per cent of the population will be aged 65 and over compared to 18% aged 16 or younger. The fastest population increase has been in the number of those aged 85 and over, the 'oldest old'.
In 2012, the Welsh Government launched the third phase of the Strategy for Older People. Gerontology and Ageing Studies at Swansea looks at policy, practice and application to put you at the forefront of current developments.
Gerontology and Ageing Studies takes a holistic approach. It shifts the central focus from the medical model of ageing, to one that encompasses a range of disciplines including psychology, sociology and demography, viewing ageing more positively.
The course in Gerontology and Ageing draws on the research and expertise of The Centre of Innovative Ageing (CIA) within the College of Human and Health Sciences.
The CIA is at the forefront of interdisciplinary work on ageing and provides the infrastructure, focus and leadership for ageing research across the University. The Centre houses a unique cluster of researchers and lecturers who contribute to each of the postgraduate courses in Gerontology and Ageing studies.
The Gerontology and Ageing Studies course is designed to meet employer needs and prepares students with the knowledge and experience needed to work with older people, design policies, manage and deliver services and manufacture products for an ageing population.
Modules on the Gerontology and Ageing Studies programme typically include:
• Population Ageing and Policy: An Introduction
• Perspectives on Ageing
• Foundations in Research
• Health and Ageing
• Policies and Practices for an Ageing Population
• Older People, Citizenship and Participation
• Critical Practice with Older People
• Environment and Ageing
• Psychology of Ageing
The Gerontology and Ageing Studies course is offered on a full-time or part-time basis.
Full-time students normally complete six modules and submit their dissertation by the end of the first year. Part-time students will normally take two years to complete six modules, and one further year to complete the dissertation.
The MSc in Gerontology and Ageing Studies comprises 6 modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). Four compulsory modules (20 credits each) cover the context of population ageing and explore theoretical perspectives on ageing.
Post-Graduate Certificate and Diploma Options in Gerontology and Ageing Studies:
These courses, similar to the MSc, can also be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.
Certificate students will take three modules totalling 60 credits, comprising two compulsory modules and one optional module selected from the College MSc catalogue.
The diploma students will complete the same 120 credits as the MSc but will not be required to complete the 60 credit dissertation.
Both options are flexible for students looking to study specific areas of interest whilst still obtaining a solid foundation in the principles of gerontology. These options provide the perfect alternative for individuals or employers who want the world-leading education provided by the Centre for Innovative Ageing, but for whom the research project is not integral to their learning experience.
Other recent graduates work across a diverse range of sectors including:
- local government
- social worker/social services
- academic and policy research
- insurance and financial services
- architecture and town planning
The College of Human and Health Sciences offers full training in research methodology in addition to the core gerontology education which demonstrate a set of research and analytical skills that are fully transferable and highly desirable to employers.
Although not an assessed component off the course, students are provided with the opportunity to undertake volunteer placements within a local NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation). This enhances the student’s employment options and widens their exposure to the practical field of gerontology. Students who undertake a placement will receive a certificate from the NGO detailing the number of hours of their placement to act as a record for employment and development purposes.
Research undertaken by members of the CIA falls into seven broad themes:
Rights, Equality and Inclusion
Environments of ageing
Environmental hazards – Falls, shared space
Community, intergenerational and family relationships
Technology and its facilitation
Future of ageing
Social care – Health and wellbeing
Develop your knowledge and understanding of the experience of ageing societies and policies for an ageing world in our course. Ideal for social scientists, our course offers outstanding flexibility, with two pathways of study available: the MSc pathway focuses on quantitative research methods and data analysis while the MA concentrates on qualitative research methods and analysis. Join one of the leading centres for the study of ageing and later life worldwide.
The Ageing & Society course offers you great flexibility, with the choice to study either full or part-time and two pathways of study available; one channel focuses on quantitative research methods and data analysis while the other concentrates on qualitative research and data analysis. You will study the module Population, Ageing & Policy, plus a range of required and optional modules depending on your choice of pathway.
The MA, MSc pathway requires modules with a minimum total of 180 credits and a maximum of 185 credits to complete the course, with 60 credits coming from a dissertation of around 10,000-12,000 words.
If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying for the MA, MSc qualification part-time, your course will take two years to complete; you will be expected to take Population Ageing & Policy, Designing Quantitative Research and a 15-20 credit optional module in year one, with the remaining modules taken in year two.
While it is broadly aimed at social scientists, students include those in the social and natural sciences, management, policy and politics, law, and humanities as well as those from other disciplines such as allied health and social care professionals including nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians and others fro health backgrounds.
We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
Per 15-credit module:
Lectures, seminars and feedback: The total contact time for each 15-credit taught module is 10-15 hours. These sessions will include lectures, teacher-led and student-led group discussions based on the main areas of study.
Self-study: Each 15-credit taught module has approximately 135 hours of self-guided learning time.
Dissertation module: You will receive three dissertation workshops that are each two hours long plus six additional 30 minute one-toone dissertation supervision and group consultations.
Self-study: Approximately 591 hours.
The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of essays, written examinations and oral presentations. The MA, MSc study programme also requires a 10-12,000 word supervised dissertation on the subject of ageing and society.
Our graduates go on to pursue of a range of careers including strategic positions in government, policy, voluntary and non-governmental organisations, as well as consultant positions in geriatric medicine and psychiatry and specialist healthcare roles with older people.