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Ageing & GerontologyPart of Economic, Social & Political SciencePostgraduate study

Taught degrees

We offer a range of postgraduate programmes in gerontology, tailored to needs of graduates, mid-career professionals and mature returners to education. These include full-time, part-time and short-courses, and can be taken face-to-face or by distance learning.

Our programmes in the area of ageing have been designed with a global workforce in mind, and with social policy guidelines. This means that throughout our research-led teaching, we ask the question: what does this mean for policymakers who are designing social policies for ageing societies? We work on critical and policy-relevant issues affecting older persons and persons ageing over the lifecourse. For example, we study how patterns of care provision change over time, how support is provided between different generations, and what the differences are in caring patterns between people with different characteristics, like gender, ethnic background and living arrangements.

Our research is unique in bringing together perspectives from a range of disciplines, such as economics, statistics, social policy, psychology and demography. We use a wide range of research methodologies, both qualitative and quantitative; and this attracts high-calibre researchers and MSc/PhD students from around the world.


MSc Gerontology

PG Cert Gerontology

PG Dip Gerontology (Distance Learning)

PG Cert Gerontology (Distance Learning)

MSc Gerontology (Distance Learning)

MSc Gerontology (Research)

PG Dip Global Ageing and Policy (Distance Learning)

PG Cert Global Ageing and Policy (Distance Learning)

MSc Global Ageing and Policy (Distance Learning)

Short courses in gerontology

Short courses in gerontology (distance learning)

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. They 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 a particular subject area. The short courses can also be taken as part of continuing professional development (CPD).

If you are interested in taking a Short Course in a different Semester than the one shown, please email us to discuss at

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