Postgraduate Diploma Online


University of Southampton

12 months
14000 GBP/year
7000 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Gerontology looks at ageing and its impact on individuals and society. At the Gerontology (Distance Learning) Postgrad. Dip. course offered at the University of Southampton you'll learn about the changes people experience as they age and the effects of ageing populations on society. This course is ideal if you need the flexibility to combine work and postgraduate study.


Course Details

Understanding the process of population ageing can benefit areas such as health and social care, research, and local and national policy. 

At the Gerontology (Distance Learning) Postgrad. Dip. course offered at the University of Southampton, you’ll look at the subject from a range of perspectives, including policy, demography, sociology, biology, healthcare sciences, psychology and economics. 

You’ll develop: 

  • understanding of key theories in gerontology and their application 
  • knowledge of modern global debates around the lives of older people, their families and societies 
  • the ability to evaluate policies and initiatives concerning issues like population ageing, welfare provision and quality of life 
  • qualitative and quantitative research skills
  • skills for a career in gerontology, applied health or social sciences

Career Opportunities

You’ll graduate with the knowledge and practical skills to work with older people in a wide range of settings. You will also be able to progress onto the MSc Gerontology (DL) if you complete the MSc dissertation.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Perspectives in Gerontology 
  • Quantitative Research Methods 
  • Researching Ageing Societies 
  • Poverty and Social Protection Around The World 
  • Researching Ageing Societies 
  • Mental Health and Ageing 
  • Ageing, Health & Well-Being 
  • Demographic Change, Ageing & Globalisation 
  • Qualitative Research Methods 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You’ll need a 2:1 degree in social science or a subject related to ageing. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    7000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

EU and international students pay £14,000.


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