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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Medicine

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time, 3 years part time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    05 July 2018

Course content

This course offers professionals, from a range of health and social care settings, the opportunity to explore the complex health and social needs of older people living in today’s society. It aims to achieve this by providing high quality multidisciplinary education in the field of ageing, health and disease.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

A wide range of teaching methods will be employed, including but not limited to: lectures, structured tutorials, technology enhanced learning, case-studies, small group discussions, student led seminars and presentations, learning visits, discussions, debates and self-directed learning activities.

As well as formal structured teaching and tutor-guided activities, each module incorporates a period of self-directed study. Within this you will be expected to prepare a presentation based on the taught modular content and/or structured formative assessment exercises.

In addition (depending on the module) you will be expected to undertake: assignment preparation, background reading, literature reviews, development of ideas, critical reflection on the subjects being studied, the completion of personal portfolios demonstrating how you are applying the new knowledge, skills and attitudes in your own practice and your professional setting.

Students completing the MSc stage will conduct an extended project under supervision. The choice of projects available embraces activities that are either research-based or non-research-based and clinical or non-clinical in type. They are undertaken in settings that are appropriate to the nature of the project. You will be allocated an appropriate supervisor for the entire duration of the dissertation phase.

How will I be supported?

Each student will be assigned to a personal tutor for the whole period of the course to provide help and support.

Members of the programme team are available to help on any academic issue. Contact should initially be made with the course administrator.

Support for thesis/main project – information concerning supervision of theses will be provided in the Dissertation Handbook.

Please refer to student handbook for further detail.

Career prospects

This programme is suitable for those who wish to increase their knowledge of health in the ageing patient in order to help improve patient care.

This Masters programme enables you to demonstrate you are taking the opportunity to develop your abilities in critical analysis, problem-solving, decision-making, finding and using evidence and in dealing with complex issues. The programme is not a substitute for a formal specialty training programme but studying at this level should help successful students demonstrate numerous academic skills that should be highly regarded in relation to their career development and progression. In particular, the programme offers opportunities to demonstrate the development of knowledge and skills in relation to the application of evidence-based medicine and the potential enhancement of services and governance frameworks. As such, it should provide evidence of commitment and potential that may assist you in relation to taking on greater responsibilities or perhaps seeking management, research, scholarship, or leadership roles.


Visit the Ageing, Health and Disease - MSc page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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