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A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. Read more
A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award. You would undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. Your supervisory team provides guidance both in the selection of a research topic and in the conduct of the research. You are also supported by attendance at postgraduate seminar series to develop subject specific knowledge and research skills relevant to your field of research. The degree is assessed solely on the basis of the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis which must be "defended" in a viva. During the course of the degree, you would be given opportunities to present your work at major conferences and in refereed research publications.

Why choose this course?

-An internationally recognised research qualification
-Developing advanced subject expertise at postgraduate level
-Develop research skills through practice and extensive research experience
-Employers are looking for high calibre graduates with advanced skills who can demonstrate independence through research

Careers

Graduates with this degree will be able to demonstrate to employers a highly-valued ability to work independently on a substantial and challenging original project and to maintain that focus over an extended period, and will have developed much sought after, highly refined research skills.

Teaching methods

Research degrees are not taught programmes, however, programmes of supporting studies are a key element.

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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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Overview. Our population is ageing. This is well recognised, as is the fact that older people, in particular those living with frailty, are best supported through a holistic, person centred and community based approach to care. Read more

Overview

Our population is ageing: This is well recognised, as is the fact that older people, in particular those living with frailty, are best supported through a holistic, person centred and community based approach to care. There is therefore a pressing need to enable primary and community care clinicians to develop the enhanced clinical, managerial and leadership skills required to support the delivery of safe, effective, compassionate and integrated care for older people, unhindered by traditional professional and organisational boundaries.

This course allows students to study the latest concepts in frailty and integrated care, in a multi-professional, multi-agency and community focused context. The course covers the definition, epidemiology, concepts and models of frailty in primary care and at transitions of care. It goes on to consider the clinical management of frailty, including specialist clinical interventions, medicines management, and legal and ethical aspects. The course also identifies and addresses key leadership and management themes important in the development, commissioning and management of integrated services for older people with frailty, allowing students to study these crucial concepts in a practically based and interactive manner. 

Acknowledgement

This programme has been developed in collaboration with Shropshire Doctors Co-operative Ltd., GP First and the British Geriatrics Society.

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to help primary and community care clinicians to develop skills that will motivate, empower and enable them to enhance their contribution to the delivery of high quality and effective integrated care for older people living with frailty in our communities.

 

Career Development

This course recognises that clinicians require a unique combination of knowledge, skills and experience to support the delivery of enhanced primary and community care services for older people with frailty, particularly in seeking to provide person centred and integrated care that overcomes traditional professional and organisational boundaries.

This course is designed to develop these skills and to empower clinicians to be confident in their holistic approach to the complex issues associated with delivering care to older people with frailty.

Clinicians who complete these course will be ideally placed not only to take on currently available enhanced clinical roles in this area, but also to take up new opportunities emerging through the transformational change in service delivery being driven by the New Care Models and the NHS Five Year Forward View.

It will therefore benefit GPs at any stage of their careers, Nurse Practitioners and Community Matrons in general or specialist roles in Primary Care or Community Trusts and Allied Health Professionals working in this area; in other words, a range of primary and community care clinicians enthusiastic to develop their skills and capabilities in this area.

Course Content

The course is divided into modules, each attracting 15 M-level credits. The modules then build up to a 120 credits diploma after two years if all the modules are completed. Students can go on to undertakie the final year research dissertation (60 credits) required to achieve the MMedSci should they so wish.

Some of the modules are face to face whilst others are partly online or portfolio based. The portfolio based modules include tutored supervision to guide the student's work.

Year One includes:

Year Two includes options and students can choose a number of appropriate optional modules such as:

Teaching & Assessment

Students will be taught in an interactive manner, with an opportunity to undertake a work based portfolio to concentrate learning on a specific area of the students' interest. Each of the modules finishes with an assignment which helps to continue the themed learning with the student undertaking an assignment.

Student Support

All students will be allocated a personal tutor who will provide academic guidance and study skills support.

Additional Costs

Apart from additional costs for text books, inter-library loans and potential overdue library fines we do not anticipate any additional costs for this postgraduate programme.

Find information on Scholarships here - http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/



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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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Designed for health, social care and third sector professionals working with people in their later life years, this programme can also be studied online, offering flexibility for students in employment or a caring role. Read more
Designed for health, social care and third sector professionals working with people in their later life years, this programme can also be studied online, offering flexibility for students in employment or a caring role.

About the programme

UWS will provide graduates from various disciplines with a rigorous education in the many complex health and social care issues affecting older people. It will equip professionals with an in-depth knowledge and the critical perspective necessary to plan, practice in partnership, manage and lead high-quality services and interventions for older people and people with dementia. The programme’s integrated perspective helps to challenge the sector’s next generation of leaders to make connections between the biopsychosocial aspects of later life, caring sciences, implementation sciences, service management and economics.

Campus: Online or blended learning with some attendance required at Lanarkshire Campus

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Students who have already gained credit at Level 11 may transfer this in certain circumstances; this will be considered on an individual basis.
Prior learning and prior experiential learning may also be considered for entry on an individual basis.

Your learning

The course has three parts:

- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits):
Includes an overview and introduction to the key aspects of later life, including physical, psychological, social, political, and relationship issues. Core modules are Understanding Later Life, Research in Health and Social Care, and Frailty in Later Life. You will be introduced to research at this stage.

- Postgraduate Diploma (60 credits):
The core Independent Study module is the foundation for the Masters dissertation year. Option modules currently available are Dementia Care Principles, Delivering Compassionate Care and Complexities of Pain.

- MSc (180 credits):
You will complete a supervised dissertation (worth 60 credits) in a subject relevant to adults in later life

Our Careers Adviser says

This programme will prepare experienced professionals to embrace the challenges of autonomous practice, decision-making and leadership necessary for this important sector. It is recognised that advanced and specialised knowledge is needed to support the increasingly blended and integrated roles that professionals will adopt in supporting older people.

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

State-of-the-art facilities

Our campuses are equipped with artificial simulated environments with contemporary healthcare technology, where you’ll learn in a realistic context, to put your knowledge into practice. The unpredictability of patient symptoms are mimicked using sophisticated software in a clinical ward setting, ranging from low to high dependency beds.

Investment in the Domus Initiative – an older adult artificial home environment – provides you with experience in caring for older people and dementia care. In a first for the Scottish university sector, we have established A Community Orientated Resource for Nursing (ACORN) where students can practice within a simulated primary care environment.

Lanarkshire and Paisley campuses also provide midwifery students with excellent learning and teaching environments with facilities and equipment that includes a birthing room with maternal simulator and a birthing pool for simulated water births.

Life-changing research

We work jointly with a range of partners, both nationally and internationally, on our research interests, and this directly informs teaching at UWS – which means that you’ll learn from the experts.

Our programmes are informed by practice and all of our academic staff are members of the School’s Institute of Healthcare Policy and
Practice. Some of our most recent initiatives include –

• the launch of a new resource, ‘Jenny’s Diary’, which will provide an invaluable tool for families and practitioners to help people with a learning disability understand their diagnosis of dementia

• the development of a new ‘Philosophy of Care’ in partnership with Broomfield Court Care Home in Glasgow, which will look at ways of enhancing the culture and care within a care setting

• we have collaborated with Ayrshire Hospice to launch the first University Hospice in Scotland to help improve the lives of people with life-limiting illness, their families, partners and carers across Ayrshire & Arran; and Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock, with it becoming a University Teaching Hospice and launching a two-year research project with the University aimed at revolutionising the way palliative
care is delivered to improve the patient journey

• the launch of Dumfries & Galloway Recovery College – the first of its kind in Scotland – which offers short courses designed to enhance self-belief, identify ambitions and encourage learning

• in partnership with Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Edinburgh, the mental health team lead research into the relationship between emotional intelligence and clinical and academic performance in student nurses

• we are working with the Glasgow Improving Cancer Journey Programme to evaluate this groundbreaking intervention in cancer care in Scotland

• we have launched a new state-of-the-art microbiology lab which will form a research base in the fight against Healthcare Associated Infection

• a collaboration with a number of European partners to develop shared academic and practicebased programmes to prepare family health nurses in Europe

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The programme aims to develop nurse leaders who are recognised experts in the care of older people who have national influence and are able to drive change… Read more

The programme aims to develop nurse leaders who are recognised experts in the care of older people who have national influence and are able to drive change so that the care of older people is compassionate, safe, person centred and of the highest possible quality.It is suitable for healthcare professionals working in the area of older person care in senior clinical roles, leadership/management roles or with aspirations to move into roles of this nature. The programme offers you the opportunity to apply knowledge to your own area of older person clinical practice.

Students undertaking the Advanced Care of the Older Person programme will develop the skills in complex reasoning, critical thinking and analysis required to undertake these roles in relation to the care of the older person. Students have the opportunity to develop skills in the critical application of research, and undertake their own research in the care of the older person.

Learning and teaching is designed to equip you with skills in using a range of information, data, tools and techniques to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes as well as demonstrate impact and value. You will also have the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of the physical and mental health needs of your client group, to gain a critical awareness of your role in the treatment and management of common physical health conditions related to the ageing process and to advance good practice in the physical and mental health care of the older person within your field of practice. There is a focus on service improvement, patient safety, risk assessment and risk management within a clinical governance context.

Those working in clinical areas in the UK can choose to develop clinical competencies in caring for the older person, working with a mentor in practice, supervised by experienced academics. Those working in non-clinical roles or those not employed in Uk healthcare will have the opportunity to reflect on the skills needed to develop their specific role in caring for an older person.

The curriculum offers the choice of optional modules. Your Personal Academic Tutor will discuss your optional module choice with you and advise regarding suitability in respect of your learning and practice in care of the older person.

What you will study

PG Certificate award

Core Modules

PG Diploma award

Option Modules

Choice of module from the SSPRD framework to meet professional needs

MSc award

Option Modules

Learning and assessment

For all students undertaking this programme the core modules provide specialist knowledge in relation to the care of older person, leadership and quality improvement.

You will enhance your knowledge and skills related to many aspects of caring for the older person including advanced communication skills, assessment skills for health and social care needs, mental health, ageing with long term conditions, medicines optimisation, end of life care and pain management.

You will also consider complex case management across health and social care to include person centred care, safe-guarding, Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and working with families.

SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning

At the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, you can choose to study for individual modules, a named award or build module credits through the SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning to achieve an award relevant to your professional needs.

The Framework for Flexible Learning in Health and Social Care is a Faculty-wide academic structure for Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development.

It offers students increased flexibility and choice in the modules and courses that can be undertaken and it is also responsive to employer needs.

The flexibility also allows you to move from one award to another if your career changes or you take time out from regular studying.

Shared teaching and research expertise from across the Faculty is offered through interdisciplinary teaching across our core research modules.

The Faculty of Health Studies is regionally, nationally and internationally recognised for its teaching and research, and works with a number of healthcare partners to ensure clinical excellence.

Career prospects

This is a priority area for development identified by HEYH, reflecting a growing elderly population in the UK and overseas.

It offers opportunity for practitioners to develop as leaders in the care of older people, becoming experts in the field, influencing policy and driving change.

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.



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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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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 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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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. Read more

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.

Key benefits

  • Taught by faculty in the Institute of Gerontology, one of the leading centres for the study of ageing. 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.
  • Offers a highly flexible study programme, drawing on a broad range of professional and disciplinary expertise and experience from geriatrics, demography, sociology and policy analysis.
  • Provides close links with, and regular speakers from, social policy and healthcare fields, providing insights and up-to-the-minute knowledge of these areas as they affect ageing and older people.
  • Provides an awareness of national, crossnational and comparative perspectives of ageing populations, the ageing process and older people in society.
  • Located in the heart of London.
  • Provides education at the cutting edge of current research into ageing and later life, through taught modules and original research.

Description

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.

Course purpose

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.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

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.

Assessment

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.

Career prospects

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.

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The PG Diploma in Global Ageing and Policy is made up of 6 taught modules, and is designed to provide students with an introduction both to the opportunities and challenges posed by ageing, and to the principles of policy evaluation in ageing societies. Read more

The PG Diploma in Global Ageing and Policy is made up of 6 taught modules, and is designed to provide students with an introduction both to the opportunities and challenges posed by ageing, and to the principles of policy evaluation in ageing societies. It is aimed at mid-career professionals working in government departments around the world or non-governmental organisations tasked with promoting older people’s wellbeing, who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge without conducting independent research as part of the MSc Dissertation.

Introducing your degree

Older people around the world are increasingly contributing to policy solutions improving the wellbeing of all individuals in society. This programme offers you a critical introduction in the area of ageing and a specialisation in the evaluation of policies relating to ageing societies. Following the successful completion of this programme, you are welcome to continue your studies on the MSc Global Ageing and Policy (DL) programme, opening doors to an exciting range of career trajectories in policy-making, research or health and social care.

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 
  • critical skills in the evaluation of policies and programmes in ageing societies
  • competence in qualitative or quantitative research methods and their application to key research questions
  • preparation for a career in the field of gerontology and applied health and social sciences

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The PG Certificate in Global Ageing and Policy (DL) is made up of 3 taught modules and designed to provide a multidisciplinary introduction to gerontology and policy evaluation 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 in Global Ageing and Policy (DL) is made up of 3 taught modules and designed to provide a multidisciplinary introduction to gerontology and policy evaluation 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. Students who successfully complete this qualification are welcome to continue their studies with us.

Introducing your degree

Understanding how social policies for older people are assessed around the world is a critical step to improving wellbeing for older people globally. This programme allows you to study three modules: an introduction to ageing, a specialised module on the evaluation of policies in ageing societies, and a third module of your choice (eg. mental health).

Following the successful completion of this programme, you will be invited to continue onto the MSc Global Ageing and Policy (DL) programme, which includes 3 more modules and the MSc Dissertation. Enrol now and add a distinctive edge to your career trajectory.

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 
  • critical skills in the evaluation of policies and programmes in ageing societies
  • 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 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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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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Our programme will produce managers and practitioners able to improve the patient experience through innovation, integrated care, technological improvements and their position at the forefront of advances in healthcare. Read more

Our programme will produce managers and practitioners able to improve the patient experience through innovation, integrated care, technological improvements and their position at the forefront of advances in healthcare.

The curriculum of this programme reinforces the need for professionals to demonstrate improvement in their care delivery through high-level, expert knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the context of healthcare management and delivery.

Staff in the School of Health Sciences are motivated to support students to meet the challenges they face in their practice with a solution-focussed approach, utilising the existing evidence base whilst demonstrating creativity in their own research approaches.

Programme structure

The full-time non-endorsed programme is studied over one academic year. The endorsed part time programmes are studied over five academic years (60 months). 

Pathways

There are a range of pathways available for MSc programmes. These variants are made clear to students in all marketing material and student handbooks.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Core modules

Delivering Quality Healthcare (full-time) core modules

Pathway modules

Acutely ill patient

Cancer and Older People

Cancer

  • Cancer in Society
  • Challenges in Pain Management

ehealth

Long Term Conditions

  • Leading and Managing Long Term Conditions
  • Managing Multi-morbidity in Long-Term Conditions

Maternal, Child and Family Health

Or

  • Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

And

Or

Older People

Paramedic Practitioner

Patient Safety

  • Fundamentals in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  • Innovations in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Optional modules

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Evaluate and critically explore complex problems in order to apply relevant knowledge and skills to develop solution focussed approaches
  • Critically analyse and demonstrate an ability to interpret research evidence and data in order to communicate health care information into the practice setting effectively
  • Demonstrate and apply deep knowledge and understanding relevant to their area of practice

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • Critically evaluate, challenge and apply relevant health policy to their own area of practice
  • Demonstrate consideration of relevant ethical principles
  • Apply contemporary thinking and analytical skills when analysing the existing evidence base
  • Critically evaluate research and methodological approaches taken within the existing evidence available
  • Defend originality in their own research work to complement the existing evidence base

Professional practical skills

  • Demonstrate the utilisation of innovative approaches to health care within their own area of practice to engender a progressive culture
  • Utilise a range of analytical and influencing skills including emotional intelligence, to demonstrate effective leadership
  • Effectively address complex and challenging issues to make sound, informed and appropriate judgements in their practice

Key / transferable skills

  • Synthesise information effectively to inform health care practices
  • Demonstrate and utilise critical awareness to improve health care
  • Initiate change and development in their current practice, engaging in the inter-professional arena to facilitate reflective learning in the wider health care team

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.



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