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Social Sciences: Ageing/GerontologyPart of Social SciencesPostgraduate study

PG Dip Gerontology (Distance Learning)

The PG Diploma Gerontology (Distance Learning) offers the PG Diploma Gerontology qualification from a distance, and is designed for people who wish to study without travelling to Southampton. The programme is delivered through Blackboard, the University's virtual learning environment (VLE), where all learning resources are available and accessible at all times by students. As for the face-to-face programme, students on the PG Diploma Gerontology (DL) take six modules, which include research methods training.

Introducing your degree

An ageing population poses critical challenges for policy makers, families and individuals alike, however it also brings several opportunities. The PGDip Gerontology (Distance Learning) programme allows you to complete 6 modules in the area of ageing, which can start from an introduction to the study of Gerontology and specialise in topics relating to your own research interests, such as mental health, health and wellbeing, and diversity and rights in later life. Following the completion of the programme, you will be welcome to progress onto the MSc Gerontology (DL) programme by completing the MSc Dissertation, and further enhancing your qualifications and career trajectory.


The aims of the programme are to provide you with:

  • critical appreciation of key theoretical perspectives in gerontology and their application to the analysis of issues concerning ageing and the life course
  • understanding of contemporary debates in gerontology surrounding the lives of older people, their families and societies in developed and developing countries
  • the ability to evaluate policies and initiatives concerning population ageing, welfare provision and quality of life of older people, their families and carers
  • competence in qualitative and quantitative research methods and their application to key research questions
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Key Facts

Full-time: one year
Full-time students take three modules per semester, six in total by the end of the second semester.

Part-time: two years
Part-time students take three modules in year one, and three in year two.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

We welcome applications from students holding, or expecting to hold, a British bachelors (honours) upper second-class degree or higher, or equivalent..

Students without the usual entry qualifications may be admitted, with the requisite approval, on the basis of relevant work experience or professional qualifications. Mature applicants without formal qualifications but with relevant experience are also welcomed and will be considered.

For all applications, two academic references are required. Unfortunately, we cannot consider applications until we have received both references.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

Students on the part-time programme take three compulsory modules in year one, and two compulsory and one optional module in year two.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

Distance learning

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