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Course content

The MSc Global Ageing and Policy (DL) programme introduces students to the study of ageing over the lifecourse, focusing particularly on the principles of policy evaluation in ageing societies, and on the opportunities and challenges associated with ageing in specific regions of the world, including China, South-east Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Following the successful completion of 6 taught modules, this programme also offers students the opportunity to conduct independent research through the MSc Dissertation, often with links to current research projects in the Centre for Research on Ageing.

Introducing your degree

Understanding the challenges associated with ageing, and assessing academic and policy evidence in this area, are critical skills for employees in a range of professional environments. The MSc in Global Ageing and Policy (Distance Learning) introduces you to the study of ageing at a global level, and equips you with critical skills in conducting the evaluation of policies relating to older people's wellbeing.

This programme will also allow you to specialise in ageing in particular contexts such as sub-Saharan Africa, China and South-east Asia. Enrolling on the MSc in Global Ageing and Policy can open doors to a range of careers in policy-related, medical or caring professions.

Overview

The programme aims to provide you with: 

  • critical appreciation of the key theoretical perspectives within Gerontology and their application in the analysis of specific issues concerning ageing and the lifecourse
  • understanding of contemporary debates within Gerontology concerning the lives of older people, their families and society, in both developed and developing countries 
  • specialised learning of ageing and its policy implications in less developed regions of the world 
  • competence in qualitative or quantitative research methods and their application to key research questions
  • critical skills in the evaluation of policies and programmes in ageing societies
  • ability to design and conduct independent research within Gerontology using appropriate research methods
  • preparation for a career in the field of Gerontology and applied health and social sciences

View the programme specification document for this course


Visit the Global Ageing and Policy (Distance Learning) - MSc page on the University of Southampton website for more details!

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