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Ageing & Society MA / MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert

Course Description

This master's in Ageing & Society is aimed at social scientists who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of the experience of ageing, ageing societies and policies for an ageing world. The MSc pathway focuses on quantitative research methods and data analysis and the MA pathway on qualitative research methods and data analysis.

Key benefits

- Taught by faculty in the Institute of Gerontology, one of the leading centres for the study of ageing and later life worldwide. The Institute is located in the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine a unique, research-led interdisciplinary social science department directed by internationally recognised scholars.

- Provides a truly interdisciplinary programme drawing on a wide range of professional and disciplinary expertise and experience including geriatric, demographers, policy analysis and sociology.

- Offers close links with, and regular speakers from social, policy and healthcare arenas give students insights and up-to-the-minute knowledge of these areas as they affect ageing and older people.

- Students gain 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, and policy think tanks.

- Located in the heart of London.

- Provides education at the cutting edge of current research into ageing and later life, through taught modules and original research.

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

Course detail

- Description -

- Be part of one of the leading centres for the study of ageing and later life worldwide.

- Optional Public Policy Internship module.

- Close links and regular speakers from health, social and policy arenas give students insights and up-to-the-minute knowledge of the subject area.

- Course purpose -

While it is broadly aimed at social scientists, students include those in the social and natural sciences, management, policy and politics, law, and humanities as well as those from other disciplines such as allied health and social care professionals including nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians and others from health backgrounds.

- Course format and assessment -

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

Career prospects

Students have gone on to pursue a range of careers including consultant positions in geriatric medicine and psychiatry, work as specialist health care practitioners focusing on older people, positions in Government and the public sector, policy positions in public and voluntary organisations, analytical posts, and research and academic posts in universities around the world. Many of our past graduates now work in strategic positions influencing the lives of older people in medicine, social care and policy or within local government, voluntary organisations, or non-governmental organisations.

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

Visit the Ageing & Society MA / MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Tania Elias

1899.jpg Exhausted, working long hours, feeling I knew nothing of life out of the hospital, forgetting my reason for doing what I was doing... I am a geriatric medicine trainee and have always loved working with older adults, but this was me last year. I decided to apply for the MSc in Gerontology as a full-time student (one year) to gain a wider perspective on ageing, which I felt was so intrinsic to my work, yet had no time to explore. I was also keen to gain experience of first-hand research (which the course at King’s offered). I hoped the course would remind me why I was doing all these seemingly endless, gruelling shifts!

I chose King’s because the MSc was recommended highly to me by colleagues who had done the course. In addition, gerontology research from the department was amongst the best in the field. The course has only exceeded my expectations: the tutors are all enthusiastic, inspiring and highly-respected academically; the course modules are highly relevant to anyone with an interest in ageing, and topics cover a broad range of disciplines from philosophy to health to economics to politics; meeting students from many backgrounds and disciplines allows for active discussions and a chance to reflect from a different perspective; we are very well supported (it was a long time since I’d written an essay!) and a dissertation provides the opportunity to do research (putting newly-learnt skills of quantitative and qualitative research into practice).

I have greatly enjoyed taking the course full-time, and there are bursaries available to help with this. The course is also offered part-time, although time commitments here may be more of a struggle to really be able to make the most of all the course has to offer.
Like with anything, I think that you get out what you put in. This course provides an opportunity to learn a huge amount about ageing, and research, as well as encouraging an approach of critical analysis – by challenging how policies, services, and even attitudes that seem so straightforward came to exist, I have found that life (and work) is much richer. I believe that this is the best way to really be able to improve the lives of older individuals.


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

1st or 2:1 honours degree (or the equivalent from overseas) usually required. Candidates with a 2:2 or with professional qualifications from a recognised institution may be considered if they can: (i) show relevant work experience and/or relevant professional qualifications (ii) demonstrate they are highly motivated (iii) provide referees from their university/employment strongly supporting their admission onto a masters level programme. Relevant professional qualifications will be taken into account. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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