Social Sciences: Ageing/Gerontology

In Britain alone, more than 1,500 people reach their 65th birthday every day. But what are the opportunities and challenges for an older person today, and how do they differ between countries?

Academics in Ageing/Gerontology are interested in a wide range of issues related to ageing over the life course. What does it mean to be ageing in different parts of the world, and how is ageing manifested? How do family relations change across the life course? What are the implications for support in later life? And what can policymakers do to improve the wellbeing of older people?

Centre for Research on Ageing


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MSc Gerontology (Distance learning)
  • Commonwealth scholarships for MSc Gerontology (Distance learning)

    In collaboration with the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission, we are offering ten scholarships for students to study on the MSc Gerontology (DL) programme in 2015-16. More information is available here.

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Esther Clift

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“The MSc Gerontology part-time taught course offered that flexibility, and a breadth of study, to stimulate and challenge my 'medical model' background.”