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Gerontology: Research (MSc)

Award
Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:2 degree View full entry requirements
Duration
1 year
Course Type
Full-time
Campus
Highfield
Next course starts
September 2020

About this course

Gerontology examines ageing and its impact. On this MSc Gerontology: Research you’ll learn about the effects of ageing populations on social institutions, labour markets, welfare systems, families and individuals. The course also places a strong emphasis on qualitative and quantitative research methods.

You’ll graduate in an ideal position to pursue doctoral level studies or for a career in local or national government.

Understanding the process of population ageing can benefit areas such as health and social care, research, local and national policy. On this course, you'll study a range of perspectives, including policy, demography, sociology, biology, healthcare sciences, psychology and economics.

This UK master’s in gerontology research is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Centre (DTP). The ESRC DTP can offer funding if you're interested in progressing to PhD training.

If you already have research methods skills you may be able to study more advanced modules in quantitative or qualitative research methods.

You’ll develop:

  • understanding of key theories in gerontology and how they apply to the analysis of ageing and life course issues
  • knowledge of global debates around the lives of older people, their families and societies
  • the ability to assess policies and initiatives about population ageing, welfare provision and quality of life of older people, their families and carers
  • competence in qualitative and quantitative research methods and how they apply to key research in gerontology questions
  • the ability to design and conduct independent research in gerontology using appropriate research methods
  • skills for a career in the field of gerontology and applied health and social sciences

Flexible study

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

  • a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years

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

Course lead

Athina Vlachantoni is Professor of Gerontology and Social Policy. Her research interests combine the areas of ageing, gender and social policy. Visit Professor Vlachantoni’s profile page to find out more about her research interests and publications.

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.