Postgraduate Diploma On Campus

Global Ageing and Policy (Distance Learning)

University of Southampton

12 months
15000 GBP/year
7000 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Discover the challenges associated with ageing, and assessing academic and policy evidence at the Global Ageing and Policy (Distance Learning) Postgrad. Dip. course offered by the University of Southampton. This online postgraduate diploma 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) Postgrad. Dip. course offered by the University of Southampton focuses on gerontology - the study of ageing at individual and societal levels. 

You’ll study ageing over a lifetime, focusing on its the challenges it presents in different parts of the world, including:

  • China
  • Southeast Asia
  • sub-Saharan Africa

You’ll examine the changes we undergo as we 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 links between generations and the connections between a person's experiences over a lifetime.

This course 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 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 lifecourse
  • 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 
  • critical skills in the evaluation of policies and programmes in ageing societies
  • competence in qualitative or quantitative research methods and their application to key research questions
  • 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 
  • Demographic Change, Ageing & Globalisation
  • Quantitative Research Methods 
  • Qualitative Research Methods 
  • Ageing, Health & Well-Being 
  • Poverty and Social Protection Around The World 
  • Mental Health and Ageing 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

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

    15000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 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 £15,000.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 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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