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.
- 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
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.
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.
This course is based at Highfield.
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.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in social science or a subject related to ageing.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
On the full-time version of this course your studies take place over 1 year.
For the first 8 months, semesters 1 and 2, you'll study the taught part of the course. This is made up of modules that everyone on the course takes, and modules we’ll ask you to choose from a list of options.
For the last 4 months, over the summer, you’ll work independently to research and write your dissertation. You’ll have 1 to 1 meetings with your supervisor during this time to discuss your progress.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following module in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
You’ll learn through a range of teaching and learning methods, including:
- library sessions
- supervised independent research
- independent study
We’ll assess you using:
- oral presentations
- group work
- research reports
You’ll complete a 15,000 word dissertation to demonstrate the knowledge and research skills you have gained during the course. You’ll research and write your dissertation over the summer and submit it by the end of September.
Past dissertation topics have included:
- the relationship between life course factors and volunteering in retirement
- how the Mental Capacity Act (2005) can be more effectively embedded into practice in the provision of health and social care for older people with dementia
- information and advice seeking among informal carers for older people
- the impact of internal migration on intergenerational relationships and the wellbeing of rural left-behind elders in China
Your supervisor will provide regular advice, guidance and feedback on your progress.
We'll assign you a personal academic tutor, and you'll have access to a senior tutor.
You’ll graduate with the knowledge and practical skills to work with older people in a wide range of settings.
You’ll also be in an ideal position to continue your researches at PhD level.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,406.
- International students pay £18,812.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000