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Global Ageing and Policy (Distance Learning)

University of Southampton

12 months
19850 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
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Discover the challenges associated with ageing, and assessing academic and policy evidence at the Global Ageing and Policy (Distance Learning) MSc course offered by the University of Southampton. This distance learning master's degree will teach you how to carry out policy evaluation to improve older people's wellbeing, with a focus on ageing societies.


Course Details

This Global Ageing and Policy (Distance Learning) MSc course offered by the University of Southampton is centred around gerontology - the study of ageing at the individual and societal levels. 

On this UK master’s degree you’ll study ageing over a lifetime, focusing on the challenges associated with ageing in specific regions of the world, including:

  • China
  • South-east Asia
  • sub-Saharan Africa

You’ll examine the changes humans undergo as they age, as well as the impact of growing proportions of older people on social institutions, labour markets, welfare systems and families. The study of ageing also investigates the relationships between generations and the connections between individuals’ experiences over their lifetimes.

This postgraduate programme draws on a range of disciplines including:

  • social policy
  • demography
  • sociology
  • biology
  • health sciences
  • psychology
  • economics

You’ll get to attend a residential course at our Highfield Campus in Southampton and meet your academic teachers, as well as exchange best practice with fellow distance learners.

Career Opportunities

  • critical appreciation of the key theoretical perspectives within Gerontology and their application in the analysis of specific issues concerning ageing and the life course
  • understanding of contemporary debates within Gerontology concerning the lives of older people, their families and society, in both developed and developing countries 
  • specialised learning of ageing and its policy implications in less developed regions of the world 
  • competence in qualitative or quantitative research methods and their application to key research questions
  • critical skills in the evaluation of policies and programmes in ageing societies
  • ability to design and conduct independent research within Gerontology using appropriate research methods
  • preparation for a career in the field of Gerontology and applied health and social sciences

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Policy Evaluation for Ageing Societies
  • Global Perspectives in Gerontology 
  • Quantitative Research Methods 
  • Qualitative Research Methods 
  • Ageing, Health & Well-Being 
  • Demographic Change, Ageing & Globalisation
  • Poverty and Social Protection Around The World 
  • Mental Health and Ageing
  • Ageing in Africa: Research and Policy 

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 to study this course.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19850 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19850 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

EU and international students pay £19,850.


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