Global Ageing and Policy

University of Southampton

Postgraduate Certificate
12 months
6276 GBP/year
3100 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The PG Certificate in Global Ageing and Policy (DL), offered by University of Southampton,is designed to provide a multidisciplinary introduction to gerontology and policy evaluation to busy mid-career professionals, new entrants to the University and the social sciences, or returners to education who wish to pursue the subject area.



Understanding how social policies for older people are assessed around the world is a critical step to improving wellbeing for older people globally. This programme allows you to study three modules: an introduction to ageing, a specialised module on the evaluation of policies in ageing societies, and a third module of your choice (eg. mental health).

Following the successful completion of this programme, you will be invited to continue onto the MSc Global Ageing and Policy (DL) programme, offered by University of Southampton which includes more modules and the MSc Dissertation. Enrol now and add a distinctive edge to your career trajectory.


  • 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
  • preparation for a career in the field of gerontology and applied health and social sciences

Programme Structure

Course include:

  • Policy Evaluation for Ageing Societies (DL)
  • Global Perspectives in Gerontology (DL)
  • Ageing in Africa: Research and Policy (DL)
  • Ageing in China and South-East Asia (DL)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • We welcome applications from students holding, or expecting to hold, an upper second-class honours degree or higher, or equivalent.
  • Students without the usual entry qualifications may be admitted, with the requisite approval, on the basis of relevant work experience or professional qualifications. Mature applicants without formal qualifications but with relevant experience are also welcomed and will be considered.
  • For all applications, two academic references are required. Unfortunately, we cannot consider applications until we have received both references.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6276 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6276 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3100 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


  • UK/EU: £1,550
  • International: £3,138


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