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Gerontology (PGCert)

Postgraduate Certificate
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2022

About this course

Gerontology is the study of ageing and its effects on individuals and societies. On this full-time PGCert in gerontology at the University of Southampton you'll study the changes people experience as they age. You'll look into the effect of aging populations globally and locally, 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 postgraduate certificate 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

Flexible study

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

  • a part-time postgraduate certificate (PGCert) - 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.

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2021 to 2022. We're working hard to plan for a number of possible scenarios. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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