The International 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. Students will be immersed in global theories of gerontology and have the opportunity to experience first-hand the practical application of their studies. The MSc in International Gerontology and Ageing Studies is a unique programme in the UK and provides students with a masters degree from a recognised global centre of excellence for gerontological education and research. International Gerontology and Ageing Studies students are supported and mentored by the team at Swansea both whilst at the home and host institutions so there is continuity in the support provided, ensuring that the student gets the most from the experience.
The International Gerontology and Ageing Studies programme is delivered over 18 months, with students studying at Swansea University
for one academic year, and then at the University of Alberta, Canada for approximately three months in the second year.
The MSc in International 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 International Gerontology and Ageing 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 International Gerontology and Ageing Studies course typically include:
Population Ageing and Policy: An Introduction
Perspectives on Ageing
Foundations in Research
Health and Ageing
Semester Abroad, University of Alberta
Policies and Practice for an Ageing Population
Critical Practice with Older People
Environment and Ageing
Older People, Citizenship and Participation
Psychology and Ageing
Who should take this programme?
The International 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 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 & 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:
Social Worker/Social Services
Academic and Policy Research
Insurance and Financial Services
Architecture and Town Planning
The Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA) is in the forefront of interdisciplinary work on ageing and provides the infrastructure focus and leadership for ageing research and scholarship across the University’s Colleges. It houses a unique cluster of researchers and lecturers who contribute to the MSc in International Gerontology and Ageing Studies. The team’s connections to policy-makers are unparalleled in other parts of the UK, and the course is exceptional in its acknowledgment of differences in policy between the devolved countries of the UK, and in the global context.
The Centre hosts the Older People and Ageing Research and Development Network and the Wales Stroke Research Interest Group. Its strong national and international links as well as its links with the Wales Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network, set the Centre apart from others in the UK, and places it at the cutting edge of research into ageing.
The CIA aims to ensure that its research activity is translated into economic growth in commerce and industry, as well as providing practical solutions for an ageing population in both the private and public sector. It provides an exceptional training ground for researchers and postgraduates, attracting some of the finest students from around the world.
Research undertaken by members of the CIA falls into seven broad themes:
Rights, Equality and Inclusion
Environments of ageing
Environmental hazards – Falls, shared space
Community, intergenerational and family relationships
Technology and its facilitation
Future of ageing
Social care – Health and wellbeing
Normally a 2.2 degree or its equivalent and evidence of recent academic study. Candidates with non-standard entry requirements are welcomed and may be admitted on the basis of relevant work experience or professional qualification. Two years relevant employment experience in local authorities, health, private and voluntary organisations and industry will be considered relevant. Applications from international students for the International Gerontology and Ageing Studies programme are encouraged. Students are required to have a minimum of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all domains, in English Language or a University approved equivalent, prior to starting the programme.