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    Full time & Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

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  • Last Updated

    24 April 2018

Course content

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).


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


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.


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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