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Understanding and addressing the complex issues around ageing has never been more important. In the UK over the last 25 years, the number of people aged 65 and over has increased by more than 1.5 million and globally the population aged 60 and over is growing faster than all younger age groups.

Our Master’s degree in Gerontology and Ageing Studies will equip you with the specialist knowledge and experience to work with and for, older people, design policies, manage and deliver services, and create products for an ageing population.

You will gain a unique insight into the policy differences between the devolved countries of the UK and across the globe, as well as refining research and analytical skills valued by employers in this rapidly evolving field.

Why Gerontology and Ageing Studies at Swansea?

We take a holistic approach in our Master’s and postgraduate programmes in Gerontology and Ageing Studies. We look beyond the traditional medical model of ageing.

Founded on a social model of care, instead we explore health and well-being among older people through a range of disciplines including psychology, sociology, and demography.  

You will be based in the internationally renowned Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA), the largest gerontology research centre in Wales and one of the largest in the UK, with unparalleled links with policy makers both in the UK and abroad.

The CIA is also home to the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR), a multi-disciplinary research centre addressing internationally important questions in ageing and dementia.

As part of our College of Human and Health Sciences, you will benefit from a dynamic teaching and research environment, with many opportunities to make connections across disciplines.

Your Gerontology and Ageing Studies experience

Our academic staff are active in a wide range of research fields, offering an unrivalled mix of academic excellence with real-life impact and current policy and practice expertise.

Through our links with local employers as well as the Swansea University Employability Academy, you will have opportunities for practical experience to enhance your career prospects, ranging from taster days to formal work placements.

Our courses are offered either full time or on a flexible part-time basis to fit around your other time commitments such as work or study.

You will be joining a university that is ranked first in the UK for postgraduate student satisfaction (What Uni 2017).

Gerontology and Ageing Studies careers

Our postgraduate students have pursued careers in a wide range of sectors, including:

  • Local/national government
  • Social work/social services
  • Health service
  • Academic and policy research
  • Insurance and financial services
  • Architecture
  • Town planning
  • Product design and innovation

How you're taught on the Gerontology and Ageing Studies course

The Gerontology and Ageing Studies course is offered on a full-time or part-time basis. 

If you are a full-time student, you will 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.

There is also the option for part-time students to complete the programme in two years.

The MSc in Gerontology and Ageing Studies includes six 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.

These critically examine policy and practice initiatives that deal with issues in relation to health and consider the types of research methods that can be adopted in conducting ageing research.

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

Post-Graduate Certificate and Diploma Options

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 MSc in Gerontology catalogue.

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 if you are looking to study specific areas of interest whilst still obtaining a solid foundation in the principles of gerontology.


There are no exams. All courses are assessed via a variety of written assessments, many of which are supported by a presentation.

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Visit the Gerontology and Ageing Studies MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the Swansea University website for more details!





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