MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert Gerontology and Ageing Studies

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc 1Yr FT
    MSc 3Yr PT
    PGDip 1Yr FT
    PGDip 2Yr PT
    PGCert 1Yr FT
    PGCert 1Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.2
  3. Taught at
    Swansea University's main campus

Course Overview

This Gerontology and Ageing course 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.

Key Features

Performance:

  • International approach that is unique in the UK
  • Hosted in the internationally renowned research centre, the Centre for Innovative Ageing
  • The centre is the largest gerontology research centre in Wales and the second largest in the UK
  • The Centre hosts the Older People and Ageing Research and Development Network and the Wales Stroke Research Interest Group.
  • Offers strong national and international links as well as links with the Wales Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network.

Teaching and Employability:

  • programme is designed to meet employer needs 
  • encompasses a range of disciplines delivered by subject leaders and experts from around the world
  • opportunities for work placements within local NGO’s (non-Governmental Organisations)
  • opportunity to study abroad at one of the College’s partner institutions in Alberta, Canada

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MSc 3 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
MSc Gerontology pt comp 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Choose up to two of the following compulsory modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ASPM01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Population Ageing and Policy: an Introduction
ASPM02Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Perspectives on Ageing
SHGM62Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Foundations in Research
SHGM63Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Health and Ageing
AND
MSc Gerontology pt optionals 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Choose up to two of the following optional modules (N.B.a maximum of two optional modules can be selected during the programme):

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ASPM03Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Policies and Practices for an Ageing Population
ASPM04Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Critical Practice with Older People
ASPM05Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Environment and Ageing
ASPM06Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Older People, Citizenship and Participation
ASPM10Academic Year20Psychology of Ageing
OR
MSc Gerontology pt comp 2 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select three of the following compulsory modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ASPM01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Population Ageing and Policy: an Introduction
ASPM02Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Perspectives on Ageing
SHGM62Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Foundations in Research
SHGM63Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Health and Ageing

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
MSc Gerontology pt comp 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Choose up to two of the following compulsory modules (which have not previously been undertaken in year 1):

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ASPM01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Population Ageing and Policy: an Introduction
ASPM02Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Perspectives on Ageing
SHGM62Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Foundations in Research
SHGM63Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Health and Ageing
AND
MSc Gerontology pt optionals 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Choose up to two of the following optional modules (N.B. you can select a maximum of two optional modules during the programme):

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ASPM03Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Policies and Practices for an Ageing Population
ASPM04Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Critical Practice with Older People
ASPM05Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Environment and Ageing
ASPM06Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Older People, Citizenship and Participation
ASPM10Academic Year20Psychology of Ageing
OR
MSc Gerontology pt comp 2 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select three modules from the following (which have not previously been undertaken in year 1):

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ASPM01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Population Ageing and Policy: an Introduction
ASPM02Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Perspectives on Ageing
SHGM62Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Foundations in Research
SHGM63Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Health and Ageing

Year 3 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Masters / PGDip / PGCert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ASPM07Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)60Dissertation

PGCert 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ASPM01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Population Ageing and Policy: an Introduction
ASPM02Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Perspectives on Ageing
Optional Modules

PGCert 1 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ASPM01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Population Ageing and Policy: an Introduction
ASPM02Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Perspectives on Ageing
Optional Modules

PGDip 2 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
PGDip Gerontology pt comp 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select three modules from the list of compulsory and optional modules. Choose up to two of the following compulsory modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ASPM01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Population Ageing and Policy: an Introduction
ASPM02Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Perspectives on Ageing
SHGM62Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Foundations in Research
SHGM63Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Health and Ageing
AND
PGDip Gerontology pt optionals 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Choose up to two of the following optional modules (a maximum of two optional modules can be selected during the programme):

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ASPM03Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Policies and Practices for an Ageing Population
ASPM04Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Critical Practice with Older People
ASPM05Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Environment and Ageing
ASPM06Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Older People, Citizenship and Participation
ASPM10Academic Year20Psychology of Ageing
OR
PGDip Gerontology pt comp 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select three of the following compulsory modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ASPM01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Population Ageing and Policy: an Introduction
ASPM02Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Perspectives on Ageing
SHGM62Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Foundations in Research
SHGM63Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Health and Ageing

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

HE Level 7 Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
PGDip Gerontology pt comp 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select three modules from the list of compulsory and optional modules. Choose up to two of the following compulsory modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ASPM01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Population Ageing and Policy: an Introduction
ASPM02Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Perspectives on Ageing
SHGM62Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Foundations in Research
SHGM63Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Health and Ageing
AND
PGDip Gerontology pt optionals 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Choose up to two of the following optional modules (N.B. you can select a maximum of two optional modules during the programme):

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ASPM03Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Policies and Practices for an Ageing Population
ASPM04Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Critical Practice with Older People
ASPM05Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Environment and Ageing
ASPM06Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Older People, Citizenship and Participation
ASPM10Academic Year20Psychology of Ageing
OR
PGDip Gerontology pt comp 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select three of the following compulsory modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ASPM01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Population Ageing and Policy: an Introduction
ASPM02Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Perspectives on Ageing
SHGM62Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Foundations in Research
SHGM63Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Health and Ageing

Description

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. Gerontology and Ageing Studies at Swansea looks at policy, practice and application to put you at the forefront of current developments.

Gerontology and Ageing Studies takes a holistic approach. 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. 

Why this course?

The course 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 at 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. 

The course 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.

Entry Requirements

  • a UK 2.2 degree or its equivalent
  • evidence of recent academic study
  • applicants with relevant work experience or professional qualifications may be considered. This includes for example at least two years’ experience in local authorities, health, private and voluntary organisations and industry.
  • applications from international students 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 course. The University provides English Language tuition to prepare international students for study.

How To Apply

Applicants are encouraged to click apply online as this will make it easier to track their progress.

International students should click www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/apply for more information.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Full-time £5,300 £13,300
MSc Part-time £1,750 £4,450
PGDip Full-time £3,550 £8,850
PGDip Part-time £1,750 £4,450
PGCert Full-time £1,750 £4,450
PGCert Part-time £1,750 £4,450

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Students are likely to encounter additional costs at university. These can include, amongst others:

  • buying stationery and equipment, such as USB sticks, etc.
  • printing and photocopying
  • binding of research projects/ dissertations (approximately £5)

Please note there are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course. 

Course Structure

The course is offered on a full-time or part-time basis.

Full-time students normally complete six modules and submit their dissertation by the end of the first year. Part-time students will normally take two years to complete six modules, and one further year to complete the dissertation.

The MSc in Gerontology and Ageing Studies comprises 6 modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). Four compulsory modules (20 credits each) cover the context of population ageing and explore theoretical perspectives on ageing.

These critically examine policy and practice initiatives that deal with issues in relation to health and consider the types of research methods that can be adopted in conducting ageing research.

Each module provides the opportunity to explore cutting-edge debates and issues on ageing in a global context.

 

Post-Graduate Certificate and Diploma Options

These courses, similar to the MSc, can also be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

Certificate students will take three modules totalling 60 credits, comprising two compulsory modules and one optional module selected from the College MSc catalogue.

The diploma students will complete the same 120 credits as the MSc but will not be required to complete the 60 credit dissertation. 

Both options are flexible for students looking to study specific areas of interest whilst still obtaining a solid foundation in the principles of gerontology. These options provide the perfect alternative for individuals or employers who want the world-leading education provided by the Centre for Innovative Ageing, but for whom the research project is not integral to their learning experience.

 

Assessment

All courses are assessed via a written assessment which is supported by a presentation.

Career Prospects

Other recent graduates work across a diverse range of sectors including:

  • local government
  • social worker/social services
  • academic and policy research
  • insurance and financial services
  • architecture and town planning

To read about recent graduate Robert Workman’s experience, see Robert Workman, MSc Ageing Studies.

The College of Human and Health Sciences offers full training in research methodology in addition to the core gerontology education which demonstrate a set of research and analytical skills that are fully transferable and highly desirable to employers.

Work Placements

Although not an assessed component off the course, students are provided with the opportunity to undertake volunteer placements within a local NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation). This enhances the student’s employment options and widens their exposure to the practical field of gerontology. Students who undertake a placement will receive a certificate from the NGO detailing the number of hours of their placement to act as a record for employment and development purposes.

Staff Expertise

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 

MSc research dissertations and subsequent PhD programmes of research are encouraged and supported within each of these themes.

View the Centre for Innovative Ageing Gerontology and Ageing Research Portfolio

Staff teaching on the MSc Gerontology and Ageing Studies has expertise in at least one of the research themes of the centre. Through the duration of the course staff are rotated to ensure lectures are given by the person with the most knowledge and experienced in that field.

Key teaching staff includes:

  • Prof Vanessa Burholt (Centre Director) – Support network typologies, international ageing, migration, rurality
  • Dr Paul Nash (Programme Manager & Module Leader) – Attitudes and prejudice, international ageing, housing and care provision, cognitive functioning
  • Andrew Dunning (Module Leader) – Elder abuse, advocacy, intergenerational relationships, citizenship
  • Dr Michelle Edwards (Module Leader) – Health literacy, health education, health care utilisation
  • Dr John Gammon (Module Leader) – Research methodologies
  • Dr Sarah Hillcoat-Nalletamby (Module Leader) – Housing, intergenerational relations, population ageing
  • Ruth Hopkins (Module Leader) – Environmental health, health and ageing, public policy
  • Dr Charles Musselwhite (Module Leader) – Traffic and transport, technology, public policy

A selection of publications from members of the centre are listed here relevant publications for MSc Ageing Studies

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. 

Facilities 

In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences find out more here  or take a virtual tour  of the college.