Gerontology (Distance Learning) (MSc)

Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Online only
Next course starts
September 2024

About this course

Gerontology looks at ageing and its impact on individuals and society. We are proud to be the only department dedicated to Gerontology in the UK. We offer distinctive face-to-face and distance learning programmes in gerontology, global ageing and social policy. 

On our MSc Gerontology (Distance Learning) course at the University of Southampton you'll learn about the changes people experience as they age and the effects of ageing populations on society. This course is ideal if you need the flexibility to combine work and postgraduate study.

Understanding the process of population ageing can benefit areas such as health and social care, research, and local and national policy. 

On this UK online master’s degree in gerontology, you’ll look at the subject from a range of perspectives, including policy, demography, sociology, biology, healthcare sciences, psychology and economics. 

You’ll develop: 

  • understanding of key theories in gerontology and their application 
  • knowledge of modern global debates around the lives of older people, their families and societies 
  • the ability to evaluate policies and initiatives concerning issues like population ageing, welfare provision and quality of life 
  • qualitative and quantitative research skills 
  • the ability to design and conduct independent research in gerontology using appropriate research methods 
  • skills for a career in gerontology, applied health or social sciences

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:

  • a part-time distance learning master's - study the same course content over 2 years and 6 months, or 3 years and 6 months

If you’re not ready to take on a full course, as part of continuing professional development (CPD) you can choose to study a module on its own. It’s a great way to introduce yourself to the subject and you can build up to higher level study. Choose campus based study or distance learning.

Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).

Course lead

Your course leader is Rosalind Willis, Associate Professor in Gerontology at the University of Southampton. Her research interests are on ethnic diversity and ageing, dementia, and care. Read Dr Willis’s profile to find out more about her research interests and publications.

“I've enjoyed the content of the course. The teaching and support is the best I’ve experienced. I'm currently working in an academic field and want to help with the ageing population in Nigeria, to play an active role in affecting change in my country.”
Chiagozie Prince Ekoh, 2019 graduate

Why choose gerontology at Southampton?

Learn from experts who are researching the impacts of ageing on populations and individuals.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.