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
How can societies harness the potential created by an ageing population for the benefit of families and individuals alike? The MSc Gerontology (Research) introduces you to the study of ageing combined with a strong emphasis on qualitative and quantitative research methods.
This programme, which is eligible for funding through the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, will equip you with critical skills in evidence production and analysis, which can contribute to a career in local or national government, or to further postgraduate studies.
In addition to the standard PG Cert/PG Dip/MSc Gerontology, a specialised research pathway is offered, leading to the award MSc Gerontology (Research). This incorporates a more substantial compulsory research methods training element (amounting to 60 CATS or 30 ECTS). The MSc Gerontology (Research) specialist research pathway has received research training (RT) recognition by the ESRC, which fits well for students wishing to progress to MPhil/PhD postgraduate training.