Masters degrees in Psychology of Ageing examine how biological ageing processes affect psychological functions in adults.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Dementia Care, Gerontology and Geropsychology. Entry requirements typically include an undergraduate degree such as Medicine, Clinical Practice or Psychology.
Geropsychology deals with the social, emotional and cognitive development of older people. These courses aim to build your understanding of how to promote healthy development in neurotypical individuals, and support individuals with developmental disorders.
You’ll explore the mechanisms of ageing and age-related disease, and examine how changes in biological dysfunction influence emotional responses, cognitive abilities and psychological behaviours. For example, you might explore how Alzheimer’s disease affects mood and memory.
Depending on your interests, you might also explore the effect that age has on disabilities such as autism, and in turn the implications that psychological functions may have on an individual’s day-to-day life.
Expertise in this field can be applied to a range of clinical and healthcare settings, including inpatient contexts, delivering care in the community or offering services within nursing homes.