This course will be of interest to professionals working with older people in the public, independent and voluntary sectors, as well as those wishing to pursue studies or a career in ageing research or practice.
The course presents students with a unique opportunity to broaden their knowledge about ageing and older people, their needs and the services provided for them, and skills necessary for effective health, social and voluntary work. It aims to integrate advances in knowledge about social, psychological and biological aspects of ageing, with an update and review of developments in policy and service delivery. The course provides a critical perspective on growing older and develops students’ skills and awareness of the importance of research and evaluation.
Since 2006, the MA in Gerontology has been taught in conjunction with the MSc in Geriatric Medicine for four of the six course modules. This interdisciplinarity is a key strength of the programme, with students finding the interchange of ideas and perspectives stimulating and educationally rewarding.
The course comprises six one-week modules which can be taken either full-time in one year or part-time over two years. In addition to passing these modules, Masters degree students are required to write a dissertation. Students who pass all the taught modules (120 credits) but do not complete the dissertation may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma. Individual and small group tutorials are used to support students throughout the course.
The modules offered are::
Ageing Societies I Ageing Societies II
Policies for Ageing Societies I Policies for Ageing Societies II
Theory to Practice in an Ageing Society I Theory to Practice in an Ageing Society II
Research Methods Dissertation
The MA in Gerontology includes the requirement to undertake a 12,000-15,000 word Research Dissertation. The dissertation offers students the opportunity to conduct a substantial piece of research on a relevant topic and to deepen their knowledge of a particular aspect of gerontology. Individual and small group sessions are used to support and problem-solve around the process of undertaking a dissertation in gerontology.
There are no formal examinations. Assessment is continuous and based upon assignments (e.g. essays, project work, presentations) and the dissertation. The pass mark for all modules is 50%.