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Ageing & GerontologyPart of Economic, Social & Political Science


Published: 26 March 2018
Scholars visit campus

In March 2018, 20 MSc Gerontology students are being welcomed to the University, Highfield Campus, for a week-long Residential Course in the Department of Gerontology.

This is their first time on campus, as these MSc students usually study with us via Distance Learning. The students are funded through prestigious Commonwealth Scholarships and come from a diverse range of countries: e.g. India, Zambia, Kenya, Ghana, Lesotho. The Residential Course is aimed at enhancing the students’ critical skills in key substantive areas, such as development and equality over the life course, and in preparing students for the MSc Dissertation. 

Professor Maria Evandrou, Head of the Department of Gerontology, said:

“We are delighted to welcome the MSc Gerontology Commonwealth scholars to Southampton. The students have diverse academic and professional journeys, but are all highly motivated to do well and complete the MSc programme. They are very excited to be here on campus, use the university facilities, rather than their usual routine of sitting in their bedroom or at their kitchen table in their host country, listening to our recorded lectures and seminars on their laptop and engaging via Skype. They are also very pleased to meet their fellow students in person. They are next cohort of gerontologists and ageing policy specialists around the world.”


The University of Southampton partners with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission to offer fully funded scholarships for both the MSc Gerontology (DL) and MSc Global Ageing and Policy (DL). This year 21 scholars received this prestigious award, which enables those from least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries to participate in the programme, contributing to the development needs of their home country.


Applications are now open for 2018 entry, with a deadline of 20 June 2018. To read more about these scholarships, please visit the Gerontology Fees & Funding webpage.


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