United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

The Gerontology & Ageing MSc/MA, with pathways in Gerontology, Ageing & Society, and Public Policy & Ageing will build awareness of global perspectives on ageing and the lives of older people by drawing on the views and experience of a wide range of experts including geriatricians, clinicians, demographers, policy analysts and sociologists.

Key Benefits:

  • Taught by faculty in the Institute of Gerontology, one of the leading centres for the study of ageing. The Institute is in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, a unique, research-led, interdisciplinary social science department directed by internationally recognised scholars.
  • A highly flexible study course, drawing on a broad range of professional and disciplinary expertise, including geriatrics, demography, epidemiology, sociology and social policy.
  • We offer close links with, and regular speakers from, social policy and various healthcare fields, providing insights and up-to-the-minute knowledge of these areas as they affect ageing and older people.
  • You will gain an awareness of national, crossnational and comparative perspectives of ageing populations, the ageing process and older people in society throughout the course.
  • We have strong links with King's Health Partners, one of only six Academic Health Sciences Centres in England bringing together three NHS Trusts (Guy's and St. Thomas', King's College Hospital, and South London and Maudsley).

Who should take this course

The course is also suited to graduates from the social and natural sciences, management, policy and politics, economics, law and the humanities.



Course content

The Gerontology & Ageing course offers three distinct pathways that allow students to develop expertise, critical analysis, independent judgement and communication skills in one of the following areas:

  • Gerontology
  • Ageing & Society
  • Public Policy & Ageing

There are four qualification options that can be studied from these three pathways MSc Gerontology & Ageing (Gerontology), MSc Gerontology & Ageing (Ageing & Society), MA Gerontology & Ageing (Ageing & Society) and MA Gerontology & Ageing (Public Policy & Ageing).

All course options are made up of required and optional teaching modules totalling up to a maximum of 200 credits (60 of which come from a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words).

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

Per 15 credit module you can typically expect 15-20 hours of lectures, seminars and feedback. This is usually 1.5-2 hours of lectures/seminars per week over a 10-week term. You can also expect around 135 hours of self-study.

For the dissertation module, you can typically expect 6 half-hour supervisory sessions and 3 two-hour workshops. In addition to this you can expect around 591 hours worth of self-study.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


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About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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