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Global Ageing Policy (MSc)

Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Distance learning
Next course starts
September 2020

About this course

Discover the challenges associated with ageing, and assessing academic and policy evidence on our MSc Global Ageing Policy course. This distance learning master's degree will teach you how to carry out policy evaluation to improve older people's wellbeing, with a focus on ageing societies.

This course is centred around gerontology - the study of ageing at the individual and societal levels. 
On this UK master’s degree you’ll study of ageing over a lifetime, focusing on the challenges associated with ageing in specific regions of the world, including:

  • China
  • South-east Asia
  • sub-Saharan Africa

You’ll examine the changes humans undergo as they age, as well as the impact of growing proportions of older people on social institutions, labour markets, welfare systems and families. The study of ageing also investigates the relationships between generations and the connections between individuals’ experiences over their lifetimes.

This postgraduate programme draws on a range of disciplines including:

  • social policy
  • demography
  • sociology
  • biology
  • health sciences
  • psychology
  • economics

You’ll get to attend a residential course at our Highfield Campus in Southampton and meet your academic teachers, as well as exchange best practice with fellow distance learners.

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
  • a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) - you'll usually study for around 15 weeks and will not need to write a dissertation
  • a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) - you'll usually study for around 30 weeks and will not need to write a dissertation
  • distance learning: you can study this course online

You can also take a single module as part of continuing professional development (CPD). Explore modules that are available as CPD.

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

Course lead

The course lead, Athina Vlachantoni, is Professor of Gerontology and Social Policy. Professor Vlachantoni joined the University of Southampton in 2007, following a PhD in social policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Professor Vlachantoni’s staff profile page.

“I find studying long distance really exciting. I can stay home, I can be in my bedroom, or I can be at the beach when I do my reading. I can look up in the middle of the night and study then, it’s up to me.”
Diana Nabbumba, 2020 Second year student

Course location

This course is based at Distance learning.

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.