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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.
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Understanding and addressing the complex issues around ageing has never been more important. In the UK over the last 25 years, the number of people aged 65 and over has increased by more than 1.5 million and globally the population aged 60 and over is growing faster than all younger age groups. Read more
Our online course enables you to tailor your educational needs to your professional interests. Designed for busy professionals, it offers a flexible, bespoke way for you to expand your knowledge of the mechanisms of ageing, age-related disease and research. Read more
Our aim is to increase the quality of upbringing, care and education by improving policies and interventions for young people and their social and learning contexts. Read more
You will develop knowledge about the causes of typical and atypical psychological development, the standard psychological therapies and treatments available, and research methods and statistics relevant to this field. Read more
Clinical health psychology (sometimes referred to as behavioural medicine, medical psychology or psychosomatic medicine) is an applied discipline that focuses on people with a health condition that could be prevented, treated or rehabilitated through the use of psychological techniques or procedures. Read more
The PG Cert in The Psychology of Dementia Care is a part-time distance learning course run by the School of Psychology and Neuroscience with start dates in January and September. Read more