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Gerontology and Ageing Studies MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Gerontology and Ageing Studies at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

Course Overview

The MSc in Gerontology and Ageing Studies...

- Hosted in our internationally renowned research centre, the Centre for Innovative Ageing

- Delivered by subject leaders and experts from around the world

- International approach that is unique in the UK and encompasses a range of disciplines

- Opportunities for work placements within local NGO’s (non-Governmental Organisations)

- Opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions in Alberta, Canada

- Programme is designed to meet employer needs

Key Features

Whether full time or part time, this course in Gerontology and Ageing Studies is delivered on one day a week to provide a comprehensive learning experience whilst retaining flexibility for students to work alongside their studies
Being hosted in an internationally renowned research centre, the MSc in Gerontology and Ageing Studies benefits from lectures delivered by subject leaders both domestically and from around the globe. Previous international lecturers include:-

Dr Hannah Marston – Germany
Dr Natalie Leland – California, USA
Dr Caroline Gallogly – New York, USA
Professor Norah Keating – Alberta, Canada

Our unique approach and holistic perspective to gerontology and ageing prepares students for a wide range of employment opportunities
Swansea University hosts the largest gerontology research centre in Wales and the second largest in the UK
Students are invited to our monthly seminars which explore recent research in gerontology and ageing
Our researchers and lecturers have connections to policy-makers which are unparalleled in other parts of the UK
The course has a unique emphasis in acknowledging policy differences between the devolved countries of the UK and across the globe

The Gerontology and Ageing Studies programme acknowledges that ageing is accompanied by biological changes, but takes a holistic approach to ageing. It shifts the central focus from the medical model of ageing, to one that encompasses a range of disciplines including psychology, sociology and demography, viewing ageing more positively.

The MSc in Gerontology and Ageing draws on the research and expertise of The Centre of Innovative Ageing (CIA) within the College of Human and Health Sciences. The CIA is in the forefront of interdisciplinary work on ageing and provides the infrastructure, focus and leadership for ageing research across the University. The Centre houses a unique cluster of researchers and lecturers who contribute to each of the postgraduate courses in Gerontology and Ageing studies.

Our Gerontology and Ageing Studies programme is designed to meet employer needs and prepares students with the knowledge and experience needed to work with older people, design policies, manage and deliver services and manufacture products for an ageing population

Modules on the Gerontology and Ageing Studies programme typically include:

• Population Ageing and Policy: An Introduction
• Perspectives on Ageing
• Foundations in Research
• Health and Ageing
• Policies and Practices for an Ageing Population
• Older People, Citizenship and Participation
• Critical Social Work with Older People
• Environment and Ageing
• Psychology of Ageing

Who should take this programme?

The Gerontology and Ageing Studies MSc prepares students for:

Working with older people
Designing policies for older people
Managing and delivering services for older people
Designing or manufacturing products for an ageing population
Joining the research community.

The Gerontology and Ageing Studies course meets employer needs, in particular;

Workforce awareness of the changing demands of an ageing population is essential
How demographic change will impact on employment practice and provide the potential for economic growth and new companies.
Graduates with skills and knowledge relating to this customer and client demographic will be in high demand.

Employability and Career Prospects

The field of ageing is becoming increasingly important: Over the last 25 years the percentage of the population aged 65 and over increased from 15% in 1983 to 16 per cent in 2008, an increase of 1.5 million people in this age group. This trend is projected to continue. By 2033, 23 per cent of the population will be aged 65 and over compared to 18% aged 16 or younger. The fastest population increase has been in the number of those aged 85 and over, the 'oldest old'.

In 2012, the Welsh Government launched the third phase of the Strategy for Older People. The MSc Gerontology and Ageing Studies at Swansea looks at policy, practice and application to put you at the forefront of current developments.

Our recent graduates work in diverse careers from social work to multi-national business and from the prison service to the NHS illustrating the fact that ageing is integral to each sector.

We offer full training in research methodology in addition to the core gerontology education which shows employers a set of research and analytical skills that are fully transferable and highly desirable.

Some of our recent graduates have secured employment in the following areas:

Local Government
Social Worker/Social Services
Academic and Policy Research
Insurance and Financial Services
Architecture and Town Planning

Visit the Gerontology and Ageing Studies MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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100 Swansea University Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Swansea University is offering 100 Master’s Scholarships, each worth £3000 towards tuition fees for UK/EU students starting eligible master’s courses in September 2017.Eligible courses include:All LLM programmes (including LLM by Research)All MA programmes (including MA by Research)All MRes programmesAll MSc programmes (including MSc by Research)Please note that MPhil, GDL/CPE and LPC programmes are not eligible for the Swansea University Master’s Scholarship scheme.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must have, or expect to achieve, a minimum 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent).You must hold an offer to study on an eligible master’s course at Swansea University from September 2017. Programmes commencing in January, April and July 2017 are not eligible.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more details on how to apply.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the Gerontology and Ageing Studies programme is normally a 2.2 Honours degree or its equivalent and evidence of recent academic study. Candidates with non-standard entry requirements are warmly welcomed and may be admitted on the basis of relevant work experience or professional qualification with requisite approval. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

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