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Public Policy & Ageing MA / PGDip / PGCert

Course Description

The programme provides a multi-disciplinary advanced education in public policy and ageing studies; specifically how the challenges that arise in economic, social, political and health arenas are perpetuated or remediated by the state, the market, the voluntary sector and the family.

Key benefits

• Led by the Institute of Gerontology, one of the leading centres for the study of ageing and later life worldwide, and run in conjunction with the Department of Political Economy.
• Provides a truly interdisciplinary programme drawing on a wide range of professional and disciplinary expertise and experience including policy analysts, sociologists, demographers, geriatricians, and clinicians.
• Offers close links with, and regular speakers from, social policy and healthcare arenas to give students insights and up-to-the-minute knowledge of these areas as they affect ageing and older people.
• Offers an awareness of national, cross-national and comparative perspectives of ageing populations, the ageing process and older people in society throughout the programme.
• Provides 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).
• Provides internship opportunities with policy and voluntary organisations to enhance students’ employability and career opportunities.
• Programmes are available at PG Certificate, PG Diploma and Masters degree level.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/public-policy-and-ageing-ma-pg-dip-pg-cert.aspx

Course detail

- Course purpose -

Aimed at students interested in government, policy, politics, NGOs, voluntary sector, development work, comparative studies and ageing who wish to develop specialist understanding of policymaking for old age and ageing populations. It combines theoretical studies of public policy with multidisciplinary studies of ageing and later life.

- Course format and assessment -

Lecture and tutorial-based teaching using problem-based tasks and projects, assessed through coursework essays and written examinations. Dissertation based on an independent project.

Career prospects

Students have gone onto pursue a range of careers including analytical positions in government and the public sector, policy positions in public and voluntary organisations and think tanks, consultant positions in geriatric medicine and psychiatry, specialist health care practice focusing on older people, and research and academic posts in universities internationally. Many of our students now work in strategic positions promoting the well being of older people around the world.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Public Policy & Ageing MA / PGDip / PGCert page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

David Steele

1900.jpg I have worked in policy and economics related areas for about 25 years, my immediate prior job being Head of Research and Statistics at the UK Film Council. With my attention turning to income planning for old age, I thought it would be interesting to explore, and perhaps work on, public pension policy. I used to live in New Zealand, which has a higher, residency-based state pension than the UK, providing a good foundation for retirement income, and I wanted to explore the application of this approach in the UK. What King’s offered was a cross-over degree between the Institute of Gerontology and the Department of Political Economy, the MA in Public Policy and Ageing, which is the course I took.

Both sides of the course have been extremely useful. Despite being a practitioner of some years, I found plenty to read on the public policy side that I had either not come across before or was peripherally aware of but had not gone into in detail. I would recommend the modules on evaluation, policy process and comparative public policy. The latter had a particular emphasis on Europe, which I found useful having experienced the European institutions in relation to film policy.

On the gerontology side, the modules provided an excellent foundation in the issues relating to ageing, from biochemistry, to demography, to elder care, to pensions. As well as the compulsory module ‘Population Ageing and Policy’ I took the ‘Ageing in a Global Context’ module, which paid particular attention to ageing issues in less developed countries, with fascinating contributions from experts on Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Brazil, China and the international NGO sector.

The Institute staff lectured with knowledge and enthusiasm and never lost an opportunity to impart the lessons of contemporary demography and banish the myths of ageing from our minds!


Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine Bursaries - 6 Awards

One award for one student on each of the following three Masters programmes;MA in Bioethics & Society
MSc in Global Health & Social Justice
MSc Medicine, Science and Society
Two awards for students on the following Institute of Gerontology programmes, MA/MSc Ageing and Society
MSc Gerontology
MA Public Policy and Ageing

Value of Scholarship(s)



All students applying for any of our Full Time programmes to begin in September 2012 are eligible for these bursaries, including UK, EU and Overseas students.

Application Procedure

There is no separate application procedure. All fully completed applications received by midnight on the 31st July will be considered for the bursaries. A fully completed application means a complete online application form together with all supporting documents including personal statements, transcripts, references and IELTS certificates (where appropriate). These must have been uploaded to or received by the Postgraduate Admissions Portal by the due time and date. The successful candidate will be notified no later than 14th August.
You may also wish to consult our Graduate Funding Database for further funding opportunities.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree (or the equivalent from overseas). We may consider candidates with a 2:2 or with professional qualifications from a recognised institution if they can show relevant work experience and/or relevant professional qualifications, can demonstrate that they are highly motivated and have referees from their university or employment. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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