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Complex Care for Older People

The University of Southampton now offers an MSc Complex Care for Older People, for professionals working with older people with complex needs.

As a university with an excellent reputation for continuing professional development opportunities in health and social care, we are aware that opportunities for professionals to access university-based education to develop their specialist skills and knowledge in older people’s care and leadership are limited. Care for older people, and people with dementia is a vital part of this Faculty’s research and education, and so we are well placed to offer a programme that draws on our world-leading research and ideas. Our MSc Complex Care in Older People is designed to equip health and social care staff working in a range of settings to meet the complex needs of older people from culturally diverse backgrounds. We run a programme that individuals can tailor to their own needs and those of their organisation. This flexible programme runs for between 12 and 18 months of full time study, or between two and five years part time. Individuals can access the modules as stand-alone modules, and/or depending on the number and type of modules they successfully complete, can exit with a postgraduate certificate, a postgraduate diploma or MSc in complex care for older people.

Modules on offer include:

Social policy for health and wellbeing
Fundamentals of complex care for older people
Advanced complex care for older people
Supporting people with dementia and their families
Major trauma in the older person
Leading service development for quality improvement
Designing and conducting clinical research
Independent and supplementary prescribing

For more details and to apply follow this link

To be admitted onto the programme you would normally be expected to:

  • Have a good honours degree (normally 2.2. or above) in a relevant subject OR relevant work experience and evidence of being able to study at masters level, for example completion of a level 7 (masters) module.
  • Be in contact with older people with complex care needs; this might be in a statutory or voluntary role.
  • Provide at least one satisfactory reference (on some occasions a second reference will be required). If English isn’t your first language, you will also need evidence that you will be able to participate in all the required academic activities.


Professor Jackie Bridges PhD MSN BNurs(Hons) RN PGCert
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton
Twitter: @JackieLearning

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