Skip to main content
Postgraduate
Courses / Postgraduate / Gerontology (MSc)

Gerontology (MSc)

Award
Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
Duration
1 year
Course Type
Full-time
Campus
Highfield
Next course starts
September 2021

About this course

Gerontology is the study of ageing and how it affects the individual and society. On our Gerontology MSc at the University of Southampton you'll study changes people experience as they age. You'll look into the effect of an aging population on social institutions, labour markets, welfare systems and families. Prepare for a career in gerontology or applied health and social sciences.

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

On this UK master’s course 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 master's - you'll usually study over 2 or more 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.

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

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.

In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.