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The Gerontology & Ageing MA/MSc, with pathways in Gerontology, Ageing & Society, and Public Policy & Ageing will build 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.
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UK honours degree of 2:1 standard. If an applicant possesses an undergraduate degree below 2:1 standard, subsequent postgraduate qualifications may be taken into account.
In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.
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King's College London is home to over 11,700 postgraduate students and attracts some of the best academic minds in the world. King’s is ranked a top 10 university in the world by the 2020 QS World University Rankings and we are recognised for the global influence of our research and innovation.Read more
Exhausted, working long hours, feeling I knew nothing of life out of the hospital, forgetting my reason for doing what I was doing... I am a geriatric medicine trainee and have always loved working with older adults, but this was me last year. I decided to apply for the MSc in Gerontology as a full-time student (one year) to gain a wider perspective on ageing, which I felt was so intrinsic to my work, yet had no time to explore. I was also keen to gain experience of first-hand research (which the course at King’s offered). I hoped the course would remind me why I was doing all these seemingly endless, gruelling shifts!
I chose King’s because the MSc was recommended highly to me by colleagues who had done the course. In addition, gerontology research from the department was amongst the best in the field. The course has only exceeded my expectations: the tutors are all enthusiastic, inspiring and highly-respected academically; the course modules are highly relevant to anyone with an interest in ageing, and topics cover a broad range of disciplines from philosophy to health to economics to politics; meeting students from many backgrounds and disciplines allows for active discussions and a chance to reflect from a different perspective; we are very well supported (it was a long time since I’d written an essay!) and a dissertation provides the opportunity to do research (putting newly-learnt skills of quantitative and qualitative research into practice).
I have greatly enjoyed taking the course full-time, and there are bursaries available to help with this. The course is also offered part-time, although time commitments here may be more of a struggle to really be able to make the most of all the course has to offer.
Like with anything, I think that you get out what you put in. This course provides an opportunity to learn a huge amount about ageing, and research, as well as encouraging an approach of critical analysis – by challenging how policies, services, and even attitudes that seem so straightforward came to exist, I have found that life (and work) is much richer. I believe that this is the best way to really be able to improve the lives of older individuals.
"The staff at King’s are incredibly supportive and understanding; they really get to know you and are eager to support your learning. There was a great selection of compulsory and optional modules, all of which I found fascinating which in turn made learning more enjoyable. The standard of teaching is excellent; the assessment processes include exams and assignments – some of which are more practically focused, which was a great way to learn. I made some good friendships on the course, which supported an exchange of ideas."
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