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Gerontology (Distance Learning) (PGDip)

Award
Postgraduate Diploma
Duration
1 year
Course Type
Full-time
Campus
Online only
Next course starts
September 2021

About this course

Gerontology looks at ageing and its impact on individuals and society. On our full-time PGDip 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 distance learning postgraduate diploma 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
  • 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 postgraduate diploma (PGDip) - you'll usually study over 2 years

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.

Course lead

Your course leader is Athina Vlachantoni, Professor of Gerontology and Social Policy at the University of Southampton. Her research interests combine the areas of ageing, gender and social policy. Read Professor Vlachantoni’s profile to find out more about her research interests and publication.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.

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