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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Gerontology and Ageing Studies at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Gerontology and Ageing Studies at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

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.

Key Features of Gerontology and Ageing Studies

Performance:

- 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.

Why choose Gerontology and Ageing Studies?

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

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

Gerontology and Ageing Studies Course Structure

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.

Career Prospects

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.

Work Placements

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.

Staff Expertise

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



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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study International Gerontology and Ageing Studies at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study International Gerontology and Ageing Studies at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

This degree in International Gerontology and Ageing Studies aims to provide students with a unique insight into the policy differences between the devolved countries of the UK and across the globe.

Key Features of International Gerontology and Ageing Studies

Performance:

- 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

- connections to policy-makers which are unparalleled in other parts of the UK

Teaching and Employability:

- delivered by subject leaders and experts from around the world

- programme is designed to meet employer needs

- 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 International Gerontology and Ageing Studies programme acknowledges that ageing is accompanied by biological changes, but takes a holistic approach to ageing. 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 MSc in International 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 in 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.

Why choose International Gerontology and Ageing Studies?

The MSc in International Gerontology and Ageing Students is a unique course in the UK and provides students with an extended Master’s degree from a recognised global centre of excellence for gerontological education and research.

Students are immersed in global theories of gerontology and have the opportunity to experience first-hand the practical application of their studies.

Students are supported and mentored by the team at Swansea both whilst at the home and host institutions so there is continuity in the support provided, ensuring that the student gets the most from the experience.

Being hosted in an internationally renowned research centre, the MSc in International Gerontology and Ageing Studies benefits from lectures delivered by subject leaders both domestically and from around the globe.

The course is designed to meet employer needs and prepare 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

Modules on the International Gerontology and Ageing Studies course typically include:

Population Ageing and Policy: An Introduction

Perspectives on Ageing

Foundations in Research

Health and Ageing

Dissertation

Policies and Practice for an Ageing Population

Critical Practice with Older People

Environment and Ageing

Older People, Citizenship and Participation

Psychology and Ageing

Semester Abroad, University of Alberta

International Gerontology and Ageing Studies Course Structure

This course is delivered over 18 months, with students studying at Swansea University for one academic year, and then at the University of Alberta, Canada for approximately four months in the second year undertaking three modules of study and assessment to broaden their study and employment possibilities.

Each module provides the opportunity to explore cutting-edge debates and issues on ageing in a global context.

Career Prospects

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.

Work Placements

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.

Staff Expertise

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

MSc research dissertations and subsequent PhD programmes of research are encouraged and supported within each of these themes.

Staff teaching on the MSc Gerontology and Ageing Studies has expertise in at least one of the research themes of the centre. Through the duration of the course staff are rotated to ensure lectures are given by the person with the most knowledge and experienced in that field.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience.

In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.



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The MSc in Gerontology and MSc in Gerontology with Dementia Care cater for a range of professionals with relevant experience and interest in working with older people. Read more

The MSc in Gerontology and MSc in Gerontology with Dementia Care cater for a range of professionals with relevant experience and interest in working with older people. They will have particular appeal if you are a health and social care professional and also if you are working in the third sector (e.g. charities, voluntary organisations, social enterprises, etc.).

The MSc in Gerontology aims to develop knowledge, skills and confidence by introducing debate around our understanding of ageing, the impact of shifting demographics and the integration and globalisation of health and social care.

The MSc in Gerontology with Dementia Care focuses on the care of people living with dementia particularly changing care priorities as it advances.

Both courses are designed to equip students with an in-depth knowledge in order to allow them to utilise leadership and planning skills to promote evidence informed approaches to meeting the needs of our ageing population.

The Future of Dementia Care

Here at UWS our nursing students and staff are playing a key role in developing the future of dementia care.

There are currently 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia and this figure is expected to rise to over 1 million by 2025.

By focusing on experimental learning, we make sure that you will be rights focused, confident and compassionate when dealing with this condition.

Course Details

Our ongoing national and international collaborations and cross-sector partnerships ensure that we are at the forefront of issues affecting individuals and populations as they age. This makes these courses attractive options for both employers and students. They combine wider learning about the issues affecting those in later life in a range of national and international settings with specialist study of key issues like frailty, pain control, and many others. The emphasis is on developing critical evaluation skills and evidence-based knowledge that encompasses holistic care. This will widen understanding of global issues of concern in gerontology and dementia care, whilst developing a greater appreciation of the need to challenge assumptions and stereotypes.

These part-time postgraduate courses are aimed at health, social care and social work professionals and others involved in the care and support of the older person either professionally or personally.

Our course comprises of three stages:

  • Stage One - Postgraduate Certificate, requires 3 modules over three trimesters (total 60 credits)
  • Stage Two – Postgraduate Diploma, requires a further 3 modules over three trimesters (total 120 credits)
  • Stage Three - MSc Dissertation which takes the form of a rigorous research proposal in a topic of your choice (total 180 credits)

Our MSc course will usually take three years to complete on a part-time basis. However, each stage is recognised as a respected qualification and you may choose, if necessary, to take a break between stages. In such cases you are required to complete the course within five years.

Teaching & Assessment

The University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Moodle will be used for additional learning, teaching and assessment.

Online learning approaches include:

  • group discussion
  • seminars
  • lectures from experts in the field
  • videos
  • podcasts
  • enquiry based learning using studies of the older person’s experiences

Career Prospects

Jobs

The courses aim to develop experienced professionals and others to take on the challenges of autonomous practice, decision-making, leadership and research roles now required in this important sector of health and social care. It is recognised that advanced and specialised knowledge is needed to support the increasingly blended and integrated roles that professionals now adopt in supporting older people and people living with dementia across a range of settings.

Current students include occupational therapists, integrated discharge facilitators, care home and assistant care home managers and charge nurses.

Further Study

Following successful completion of our MSc Gerontology / MSc Gerontology with Dementia Care you may wish to start a PhD. These opportunities are offered by the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice and the School's Institute of Healthcare Policy and Practice.



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The MSc Gerontology (Distance Learning), which is recognised by the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, offers the MSc Gerontology qualification from a distance and is designed for people who wish to study without travelling to Southampton. Read more

The MSc Gerontology (Distance Learning), which is recognised by the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, offers the MSc Gerontology qualification from a distance and is designed for people who wish to study without travelling to Southampton.

The programme is delivered through Blackboard, the University's virtual learning environment (VLE), where all learning resources are available and accessible at all times by students. As for the face-to-face programme, students on the MSc Gerontology (DL) take six modules plus the dissertation. The modules include research methods training.

Introducing your degree

The MSc Gerontology (Distance Learning) programme offers you the opportunity to study gerontology from a distance, allowing you to access learning resources online in a flexible manner. Understanding the process of population ageing brings critical advantages to employees in a range of professional sectors, such as the health and social care, research, and the local and national policy sectors.

The programme will equip you with academic knowledge in Gerontology, focusing on evidence related to the wellbeing of older people, and with policy knowledge relating to social policies aimed at preparing societies for ageing populations. In addition, the programme will offer you a range of training opportunities in research methods, both quantitative and qualitative.

Overview

The aims of the programme are to provide you with:

  • critical appreciation of key theoretical perspectives in gerontology and their application to the analysis of issues concerning ageing and the life course
  • understanding of contemporary debates in gerontology surrounding the lives of older people, their families and societies in developed and developing countries
  • the ability to evaluate policies and initiatives concerning population ageing, welfare provision and quality of life of older people, their families and carers
  • competence in qualitative and quantitative research methods and their application to key research questions
  • the ability to design and conduct independent research in gerontology using appropriate research methods
  • preparation for a career in the field of gerontology and applied health and social sciences

View the programme specification document for this course



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Gerontology is the study of ageing at the individual and societal levels. It examines the changes humans undergo as they age, as well as the impact of growing proportions of older people on social institutions, labour markets, welfare systems and families. Read more

Gerontology is the study of ageing at the individual and societal levels. It examines the changes humans undergo as they age, as well as the impact of growing proportions of older people on social institutions, labour markets, welfare systems and families. It investigates the relationships between generations and the interconnections between our older and younger selves. Insights are taken from social policy, demography, sociology, biology, healthcare sciences, psychology and economics. Gerontology is thus a fundamentally interdisciplinary subject which leads to a fascinating variety of careers.

Introducing your degree

Understanding the process of population ageing brings critical advantages to employees in a range of professional sectors, such as the health and social care, research, and the local and national policy sectors.

The MSc Gerontology programme will equip you with academic knowledge in Gerontology, focusing on evidence related to the wellbeing of older people, and with policy knowledge relating to social policies aimed at preparing societies for ageing populations. In addition, the programme will offer you a range of training opportunities in research methods, both quantitative and qualitative.

Overview

The programme aims to provide you with:

  • critical appreciation of key theoretical perspectives in gerontology and their application to the analysis of issues concerning ageing and the life course
  • understanding of contemporary debates in gerontology surrounding the lives of older people, their families and societies in developed and developing countries
  • the ability to evaluate policies and initiatives concerning population ageing, welfare provision and quality of life of older people, their families and carers
  • competence in qualitative and quantitative research methods and their application to key research questions
  • the ability to design and conduct independent research in gerontology using appropriate research methods
  • preparation for a career in the field of gerontology and applied health and social sciences

View the programme specification document for this course



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The PG Certificate Gerontology is designed to provide multidisciplinary advanced education in gerontology to busy mid-career professionals, new entrants to the University and the social sciences, or returners to education who wish to pursue the subject area. Read more

The PG Certificate Gerontology is designed to provide multidisciplinary advanced education in gerontology to busy mid-career professionals, new entrants to the University and the social sciences, or returners to education who wish to pursue the subject area.

Introducing your degree

Population ageing is a global phenomenon presenting global challenges, however policy solutions are often context-specific. The PG Certificate in Gerontology offers you the opportunity to examine such issues by completing three modules in the area of ageing, starting with an introduction to the discipline of Gerontology and specialising in topics such as health and wellbeing, poverty and social protection, and mental health.

Having successfully completed this programme, you are welcome to progress your studies to the MSc Gerontology programme. Enrol now and enhance your skillset and career trajectory.

Overview

The aims of the programme are to provide you with:

  • critical appreciation of key theoretical perspectives in gerontology and their application to the analysis of issues concerning ageing and the life course
  • understanding of contemporary debates in gerontology surrounding the lives of older people, their families and societies in developed and developing countries
  • the ability to evaluate policies and initiatives concerning population ageing, welfare provision and quality of life of older people, their families and carers 
  • preparation for a career in the field of gerontology and applied health and social sciences

View the programme specification document for this course



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The PG Diploma Gerontology (Distance Learning) offers the PG Diploma Gerontology qualification from a distance, and is designed for people who wish to study without travelling to Southampton. Read more

The PG Diploma Gerontology (Distance Learning) offers the PG Diploma Gerontology qualification from a distance, and is designed for people who wish to study without travelling to Southampton. The programme is delivered through Blackboard, the University's virtual learning environment (VLE), where all learning resources are available and accessible at all times by students. As for the face-to-face programme, students on the PG Diploma Gerontology (DL) take six modules, which include research methods training.

Introducing your degree

An ageing population poses critical challenges for policy makers, families and individuals alike, however it also brings several opportunities. The PGDip Gerontology (Distance Learning) programme allows you to complete 6 modules in the area of ageing, which can start from an introduction to the study of Gerontology and specialise in topics relating to your own research interests, such as mental health, health and wellbeing, and diversity and rights in later life. Following the completion of the programme, you will be welcome to progress onto the MSc Gerontology (DL) programme by completing the MSc Dissertation, and further enhancing your qualifications and career trajectory.

Overview

The aims of the programme are to provide you with:

  • critical appreciation of key theoretical perspectives in gerontology and their application to the analysis of issues concerning ageing and the life course
  • understanding of contemporary debates in gerontology surrounding the lives of older people, their families and societies in developed and developing countries
  • the ability to evaluate policies and initiatives concerning population ageing, welfare provision and quality of life of older people, their families and carers
  • competence in qualitative and quantitative research methods and their application to key research questions

View the programme specification document for this course



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The PG Certificate Gerontology (Distance Learning) is designed to provide multidisciplinary advanced education in gerontology through distance learning to busy mid-career professionals, new entrants to university and the social sciences, or returners to education who wish to pursue the subject area. Read more

The PG Certificate Gerontology (Distance Learning) is designed to provide multidisciplinary advanced education in gerontology through distance learning to busy mid-career professionals, new entrants to university and the social sciences, or returners to education who wish to pursue the subject area.

Introducing your degree

The PG Certificate in Gerontology (Distance Learning) is a programme delivered completely online, offering you the opportunity to complete three modules in the area of ageing. The programme includes an introduction to the discipline of Gerontology and offers you options to specialise in topics such as health and wellbeing, poverty and social protection, and mental health. It allows you to consider a range of careers in the areas of health and social care, policy-making and research. Having successfully completed this programme, you are welcome to progress your studies to the MSc Gerontology (DL) programme.

Overview

The aims of the programme are to provide you with:

  • critical appreciation of key theoretical perspectives in gerontology and their application to the analysis of issues concerning ageing and the life course
  • understanding of contemporary debates in gerontology surrounding the lives of older people, their families and societies in developed and developing countries
  • the ability to evaluate policies and initiatives concerning population ageing, welfare provision and quality of life of older people, their families and carers
  • preparation for a career in the field of gerontology and applied health and social sciences

View the programme specification document for this course



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Gerontology is the study of ageing at the individual and societal levels. It examines the changes humans undergo as they age, as well as the impact of growing proportions of older people on social institutions, labour markets, welfare systems and families. Read more

Gerontology is the study of ageing at the individual and societal levels. It examines the changes humans undergo as they age, as well as the impact of growing proportions of older people on social institutions, labour markets, welfare systems and families. It investigates the relationships between generations and the interconnections between our older and younger selves. Insights are taken from social policy, demography, sociology, biology, healthcare sciences, psychology and economics. Gerontology is thus a fundamentally interdisciplinary subject which leads to a fascinating variety of careers.

Introducing your degree

How can societies harness the potential created by an ageing population for the benefit of families and individuals alike? The MSc Gerontology (Research) introduces you to the study of ageing combined with a strong emphasis on qualitative and quantitative research methods.

This programme, which is eligible for funding through the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, will equip you with critical skills in evidence production and analysis, which can contribute to a career in local or national government, or to further postgraduate studies.

Overview

In addition to the standard PG Cert/PG Dip/MSc Gerontology, a specialised research pathway is offered, leading to the award MSc Gerontology (Research). This incorporates a more substantial compulsory research methods training element (amounting to 60 CATS or 30 ECTS). The MSc Gerontology (Research) specialist research pathway has received research training (RT) recognition by the ESRC, which fits well for students wishing to progress to MPhil/PhD postgraduate training.

View the programme specification document for this course



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Introduction. How can over a billion people age well across the world? 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. Read more

Introduction

How can over a billion people age well across the world? 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. The core theme of this online postgraduate course is to bring together two perspectives on ageing: the positive view of healthy, successful and active ageing, and the negative view of illness, vulnerability, disability and frailty.

The MSc Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing considers experiences of both perspectives from around the world in a range of health, social care and policy contexts. Core modules have been developed for students who would like to specialise in this fast-growing sector. This enables critical awareness of strategies, supports and interventions that facilitate ageing with complex multi-morbidities, frailty and dementia.

This course cuts across two key scientific areas. Firstly, studying the process of ageing challenges you to consider how this happens across an individual’s lifespan, not just in later years. Secondly, gerontology takes a multidisciplinary approach that brings in cultural, psycho-social, cognitive, and biomedical aspects to consider the impact of getting older.

Our mission is to strive for excellence in teaching and research that will equip the current and future generation of professionals with expertise in supporting ageing populations. As a student, you will bring your experience of working with older people at a local or national level. You will be supported to reflect on positive change in your area of expertise based on current research and evidence. To achieve this, the course incorporates the experience of the older person and their families, clinical and social care/social work staff who provide support, and eminent researchers in the field of ageing and gerontology.

Key information

  • Qualification: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Study methods: Distance learning, Online, Part-time, Stand-alone modules
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Start date: September
  • Course Director: Dr Karen Watchman

Course objectives

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

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

REF2014

In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Career opportunities

This course facilitates the development of expert knowledge in care of the older person and helps prepare health and social care professionals to deliver the specialist knowledge and skills required to support their practice.

Employability

Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of critical and emerging health and social care needs of older people with strategies to enhance care and support. This course equips students with knowledge and skills that can be utilised within practice and provides the opportunity to gain a range of transferable skills in order to enhance professional development.

Scholarships and Funding

There are different funding options available depending on your location and route of entry into the course:

  • Self-funded or some competitive funding options are available, including postgraduate scholarship places which offer a flexible route of study.
  • The Scottish Funding Council is funding Home/EU tuition fees for a number of places on the MSc Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing. Funded places are open to applicants domiciled in Scotland and the EU.
  • Individual modules are available as part of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Funding support for these may be available in Scotland, for example, through National Health Service (NHS) Boards.

See further information about tuition fees within the University here: http://www.stir.ac.uk/postgraduate/financial-information/tuition-fees/ and paying fees by instalments here: http://www.stir.ac.uk/finance-office/students/tuition-fees/instalments/



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The Graduate Certificate is an ideal program for professionals seeking training in the field of gerontology. The 12-credit interdisciplinary curriculum includes courses taught by expert faculty from social work, nursing, health, nutrition, kinesiology and other fields. Read more
The Graduate Certificate is an ideal program for professionals seeking training in the field of gerontology. The 12-credit interdisciplinary curriculum includes courses taught by expert faculty from social work, nursing, health, nutrition, kinesiology and other fields. Faculty research interests in gerontology include: end of life care, dementia care, caregiver burden, housing, health equity and disparity, resilience, elder abuse and depression in older adults.

West Chester University is a member of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). AGHE is the only national membership association with the primary purpose being the advancement of gerontology and geriatrics as a field of study in institutions of higher education.

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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. . Read more

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. 

Key benefits

  • Taught by faculty in the Institute of Gerontology, one of the leading centres for the study of aging. The Institute is located in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, a unique, research-led interdisciplinary social science department directed by internationally recognised scholars.
  • A highly flexible study course, drawing on a broad range of professional and disciplinary expertise, including geriatrics, demography, sociology and social policy.
  • We offer close links with, and regular speakers from, social policy and various healthcare fields, providing insights and up-to-the-minute knowledge of these areas as they affect ageing and older people.
  • You will gain an awareness of national, crossnational and comparative perspectives of ageing populations, the ageing process and older people in society throughout the course.
  • We have strong links with King’s Health Partners, one of only six Academic Health Sciences Centres in England bringing together three NHS Trusts (Guy’s and St. Thomas’, King’s College Hospital, and South London and Maudsley).

Description

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).

Course purpose

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.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

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.

Assessment

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.

Career prospects

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.

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The Nurse Practitioner Concentration at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing offers two specialty track options. Read more

The Nurse Practitioner Concentration at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing offers two specialty track options:

  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Adult Gerontology
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Lifespan

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Adult Gerontology

The Master's of Science in Nursing degree, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) Concentration is a six-semester program that allows students to continue working full or part time. The BSN to MSN program consists of 49 credit hours over a period of 24 months. Courses are delivered in a variety of formats including online, hybrid, and face to face. Clinical/practicum courses provide experiential learning in the acute care setting.

Didactic and clinical coursework with preceptorships in Advanced Acute Care, Advanced Critical Care and an Adult Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Residency prepares students for the national certification exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP). The student's education provides theoretical and evidence-based clinical knowledge and learning experiences emphasizing the development of clinical expertise needed to provide care for young adults (including late adolescents), adults, and older adults (including young-old, old, and old-old adults) in the acute care setting. Course work prepares students in theoretical foundations for advanced practice, health care policy, and clinical assessment and management.

Students have didactic and clinical courses concurrently, reinforcing course work in the clinical setting. Courses include advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment and advanced pharmacology. From there students complete the advanced practice core courses and the role specific courses in Advanced Acute Care and Advanced Critical Care. The final AGACNP practicum allows immersion in the role as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Once certified, students who earn their MSN as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from UTC may begin work as a AGACNP feeling confident that they have the skills needed to work in acute care.

Family Nurse Practitioner Lifespan

The Master's of Science in Nursing degree, Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration is a six-semester program that allows students to continue working full or part time. Coursework with preceptorships in Adult, Women and Pediatric Primary Care prepares students for the national certification exam offered by either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). The student's education provides theoretical and evidence-based clinical knowledge and learning experiences for role development as a family nurse practitioner, emphasizing the development of clinical expertise needed to deliver primary care for families. Course work prepares students in theoretical foundations for advanced practice, professional role, health care policy, and clinical assessment and management.

Students have didactic and clinical courses concurrently, reinforcing classroom work in the clinical setting. Courses include advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment and advanced pharmacology. From there students complete the advanced practice core courses and the three role specific courses in the primary care of adults, children and women. The final family nurse practitioner practicum allows immersion in the role as an FNP. Once certified, students who earn their MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner from UTC may begin work immediately as a graduate FNP feeling confident that they have the skills needed to work in primary care as well as a variety of settings.



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The MSN program will offer two options. Nursing Education and Adult-Gerontology CNS. Students can complete the MSN curriculum on a full-time or a part-time basis; however, all requirements for the degree must be completed in six years or less. Read more
The MSN program will offer two options: Nursing Education and Adult-Gerontology CNS. Students can complete the MSN curriculum on a full-time or a part-time basis; however, all requirements for the degree must be completed in six years or less. The course format for both MSN programs offers a mixture of hybrid and online learning. On-campus courses are held in the late afternoon or evening hours. The online courses offer synchronous and asynchronous formats to enable working professionals the flexibility to pursue a graduate degree while still maintaining their full-time employment.

Graduates of this program may seek employment in educational settings, acute or long-term care settings, or community health care agencies. The MSN curriculum of West Chester University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through 2019.

The M.S. in Nursing (M.S.N.) will offer a choice of instructional focus after completing the eight core component courses in the graduate program: adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist (CNS) or nursing education. Graduates of the adult-gerontology CNS track will be eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification exam in adult gerontology. Graduates of the nursing-education track will be eligible to take the National League for Nursing (NLN) certified nurse educator exam. The program will be offered in a combination of face-to-face, hybrid, and distance-education formats.

At the end of the M.S.N. program, the graduate will be able to:

1. Synthesize philosophy, theory, content, and methods of nursing science as a basis for advanced nursing practice
2. Demonstrate advanced clinical skills in society including culturally diverse and/or medically under-served individuals and aggregates
3. Assume beginning roles in education or administration
4. Design healthcare strategies in which nurses contribute to the health promotion and disease prevention of individuals and aggregates
5. Evaluate healthcare issues, trends, and policies
6. Pursue and evaluate professional development as a continuing professional learner
7. Collaborate with interdisciplinary groups in the community for the purpose of healthcare planning to achieve the objectives of Healthy People 2020
8. Acquire a foundation for doctoral study in nursing
9. Assume the role of advocate in healthcare settings to promote accessibility of health-care services and to enhance quality of care
10. Demonstrate a philosophy of nursing that reflects commitment to social justice and the advancement of nursing science
11. Participate in scientific inquiry directed to the healthcare needs of populations as well as individuals and families

Curriculum

For the Nursing - Education Track:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/health-sciences/nursing/nursing-msn-nursing-education-track/

For the Adult - Gerontology CNS Track:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/health-sciences/nursing/nursing-msn-adult-gerontology-cns-track/

Detailed information of the modules can also be found on the website:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/health-sciences/nursing/#coursestext

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The MSc Global Ageing and Policy (DL) programme introduces students to the study of ageing over the lifecourse, focusing particularly on the principles of policy evaluation in ageing societies, and on the opportunities and challenges associated with ageing in specific regions of the world, including China, South-east Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Read more

The MSc Global Ageing and Policy (DL) programme introduces students to the study of ageing over the lifecourse, focusing particularly on the principles of policy evaluation in ageing societies, and on the opportunities and challenges associated with ageing in specific regions of the world, including China, South-east Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Following the successful completion of 6 taught modules, this programme also offers students the opportunity to conduct independent research through the MSc Dissertation, often with links to current research projects in the Centre for Research on Ageing.

Introducing your degree

Understanding the challenges associated with ageing, and assessing academic and policy evidence in this area, are critical skills for employees in a range of professional environments. The MSc in Global Ageing and Policy (Distance Learning) introduces you to the study of ageing at a global level, and equips you with critical skills in conducting the evaluation of policies relating to older people's wellbeing.

This programme will also allow you to specialise in ageing in particular contexts such as sub-Saharan Africa, China and South-east Asia. Enrolling on the MSc in Global Ageing and Policy can open doors to a range of careers in policy-related, medical or caring professions.

Overview

The programme aims to provide you with: 

  • critical appreciation of the key theoretical perspectives within Gerontology and their application in the analysis of specific issues concerning ageing and the lifecourse
  • understanding of contemporary debates within Gerontology concerning the lives of older people, their families and society, in both developed and developing countries 
  • specialised learning of ageing and its policy implications in less developed regions of the world 
  • competence in qualitative or quantitative research methods and their application to key research questions
  • critical skills in the evaluation of policies and programmes in ageing societies
  • ability to design and conduct independent research within Gerontology using appropriate research methods
  • preparation for a career in the field of Gerontology and applied health and social sciences

View the programme specification document for this course



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