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:
- 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
- health sciences
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.
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.
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.”
This course is based at Distance learning.
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 to study this course.
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.
You’ll need to study 6 modules during this MSc Global Ageing Policy with distance learning, 4 of which you'll choose from a list of optional modules. One your choice should be in quantitative or qualitative method.
Taught sessions take place over 2 semesters each year, with 3 modules taken in each semester.
With your tutor’s help you’ll prepare for your dissertation which you'll write over the summer vacation.
If you choose to study this course part-time your taught sessions will take place over both semesters in the 2 years. You’ll study 3 modules each year and you’ll complete your dissertation in the final 6 months of the course to submit in December.
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 2019-20
You must study the following modules 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 develop your skills in written and oral presentation through a variety of interactive online resources and software programmes.
All programme modules have their own page through online software called Blackboard. From here, you'll be able to access materials including:
- lecture slides and recordings
- coursework details
- module updates
- comprehensive support and guidance on how to use online resources
You’ll have other online resources, too, including:
- library resources
- a range of software packages and computing support
- a university email account
We’ll assess you through:
- coursework, reports and essays
- a dissertation
- group essays
- individual and group projects
- written exams
Past students’ dissertation topics include:
- The impact of the challenges caused by parenting orphans and vulnerable children to the health and economy of the older people in sub-Saharan Africa
- Quality of care provided to people living with dementia by health care workers: A case study of a psychiatric hospital
- A comparison of older persons social pensions schemes in sub-Saharan Africa: Impact and challenges.
- Challenges faced while caring for older person with dementia in residential care in Nairobi, Kenya: A caregivers’ perspective
You’ll get a personal tutor who can advise on academic and other University issues, and a dissertation tutor who provides advice and support during independent research. We’ll give you an induction to the programme, module briefings and information about the dissertation through audio-recorded and written materials.
Our graduates are working in a wide range of sectors related to ageing and older people, for example:
- health and social care for public and private sectors
- medical sector
- local and national government research analysis
In addition, many alumni from the MSc Global Ageing and Policy distance learning programme have continued their postgraduate studies by following the PhD Gerontology pathway.
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 £9,250.
- 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