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.
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.
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EU/EEA : £790 per module
NON-EU: £790 per module
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