Ageing and Gerontology, King’s College London
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MA/MSc Public Policy & Ageing
MA Ageing & Society
iBSc Gerontology (Full time course only)
Deadline for Applications: September 2013 (for some of the Masters' programmes, deadline is 31 July - please see the King's College website for details).
Duration of Course: One year full-time/Two years part-time (excludes the IBSc Gerontology which is only offered full time).
Our flagship MSc in Gerontology has been described by an external examiner as 'the gold standard to which others aspire'. We offer education at the cutting edge of current research into ageing and later life, through taught modules and original research.
This programme is aimed at health professionals including geriatricians, old age psychiatrists, GPs, professionals from the medical and health sciences and others with an interest in ageing and later life.
Holders of the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine are exempt from one third of the course.
The MSc Gerontology can all be taken full-time (over one year) or part-time (over two years). Part-time students typically attend on one day a week in each of the first two semesters (late September to early December; mid January to late March). In the third semester students generally work on their dissertations.
Our alumni have gone on to pursue a range of careers including Consultant positions in geriatric medicine and psychiatry, specialist health care practitioners focusing on older people, analytical and policy positions in government and the public sector, and academic posts around the world in Universities. Many of our past graduates now work in strategic positions influencing the lives of older people in medicine, social care and policy.
For the MSc Gerontology, students take compulsory modules in:
Population Ageing and Policy, Ageing Health and Society, Research Methods
And choose from options such as:
Ageing in a Global Context, Biology of Ageing, Researching Vulnerable Populations, Data Manipulation and Management
The Dissertation, on a topic of your choosing relating to ageing, later life, or ageing populations, accounts for one third of the programme, and allows you to undertake original research under the supervision of experts in your field. Topics might include clinical research, medicine, health, social care, sociology, social policy, demography or biology of ageing.
The Institute of Gerontology also offers Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates in Gerontology, as well as related MA and MSc programmes in Ageing & Society and Public Policy & Ageing, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods for Health and Social Science.
For further information or an informal discussion, please contact: