Gerontology, M.Sc.

Gerontology, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #501 (WUR) , | Online
The MSc in Gerontology at University of the West of Scotland caters for a range of professionals with relevant experience and interest in working with older people. This will have particular appeal if you are a health and social care professional.


The MSc in Gerontology at University of the West of Scotland aims to develop knowledge, skills and confidence by introducing debate around our understanding of ageing, the impact of shifting demographics and the integration and globalisation of health and social care.

It is designed to equip students with an in-depth knowledge in order to allow them to utilise leadership and planning skills to promote evidence informed approaches to meeting the needs of our ageing population.

Our ongoing national and international collaborations and cross-sector partnerships ensure that we are at the forefront of issues affecting individuals and populations as they age. This makes these courses attractive options for both employers and students. This course combines wider learning about the issues affecting those in later life in a range of national and international settings with specialist study of key issues like frailty, pain control, and many others. 

The emphasis is on developing critical evaluation skills and evidence-based knowledge that encompasses holistic care. This will widen understanding of global issues of concern in gerontology, whilst developing a greater appreciation of the need to challenge assumptions and stereotypes.


The course aims to develop experienced professionals and others to take on the challenges of autonomous practice, decision-making, leadership and research roles now required in this important sector of health and social care. It is recognised that advanced and specialised knowledge is needed to support the increasingly blended and integrated roles that professionals now adopt in supporting older people and people living with dementia across a range of settings.

Current students include occupational therapists, integrated discharge facilitators, care home and assistant care home managers and charge nurses.

Further Study

Following successful completion of the MSc Gerontology you may wish to start a PhD. These opportunities are offered by the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice and the School's Institute of Healthcare Policy and Practice.

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • Contemporary Issues in Ageing
  • Dementia Care Principles
  • Contemporary advanced dementia care
  • Frailty in Later Life
  • Complexities of Pain
  • Delivering Compassionate Care
  • Dementia Care Principles
  • Achieving change in advanced dementia care

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    If you are applying from overseas for undergraduate or postgraduate taught courses, the latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Blended, Online

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • Applications are welcomed from graduates from all relevant disciplines with experience and/or interest in older peoples’ care provision.
  • Normally you will hold a first degree and should have a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience.
  • Prior learning and prior experiential learning (SCQF Level 11 or QCF/EQF Level 7) may also be considered for entry on an individual basis.
  • If you have completed the UWS Graduate Certificate in Working with Older People you may also be considered.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    10600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Part-time / Online Study :

EU/EEA : £790 per module

NON-EU: £790 per module

Living costs for Hamilton

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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