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Social Sciences: Ageing/GerontologyPart of Social SciencesPostgraduate study

Short courses in gerontology

In addition to the standard mode of teaching over a semester, we offer stand-alone short courses which are taken over a period of 12 weeks. These are designed to meet the needs of busy mid-career professionals, new entrants to the University and the social sciences, or returners to education who wish to pursue the particular subject area. The short courses can also be taken as part of continuing professional development (CPD). If three of the four modules are completed successfully, a PG Cert Gerontology will be awarded; however, in this case, the tuition fees for the PG Cert apply.

Introducing your course

Population ageing can pose both challenges and opportunities for individuals and their families, as well as for policymakers. Short courses in Gerontology last for 12 weeks and are an effective way of introducing yourself to the study of ageing, or more specialised topics such as mental health, demographic change around the world or poverty and social protection. Such courses can benefit your work as a professional in a range of sectors such as the health and social care, or policy sector. We also offer a Short Course in the use of quantitative or qualitative research methods, using specialised software.

Programme Overview

The aims of the short courses 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
  • preparation for, and professional development in, a career in the field of gerontology and applied health and social sciences
View the programme specification document for this course

Accreditation

Office for National Statistics

Key Facts

Each course runs for 12 weeks on either Thursdays or Fridays.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

We welcome applications from students holding, or expecting to hold, an upper second-class honours 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 will also be welcomed and considered.

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

If you require further English language tuition before commencing your programme with us, you may apply for one of our pre-sessional English language courses which are run by the Centre for Language Study

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

Modules

Typical course content

Each course runs for 12 weeks on either Thursdays or Fridays.

Year 1

Each course runs for 12 weeks on either Thursdays or Fridays.

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).

Study locations

Highfield campus

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