Masters in Global Ageing (Gerontology) (Online MSc)
Masters in Global Ageing (Gerontology)
The Masters in Global Ageing is designed to provide students with an advanced understanding about the implications, demands and challenges of ageing. This Gerontology course teaches policy, practice and development services and products relating to both individuals and populations. The course material covers content and skills development in social gerontology, ageing and population studies, and health care and practice.
The Masters in Global Ageing offers world-class education with opportunities to learn from international researchers, practitioners and businesses. Students will develop their knowledge with access to the latest global research on social gerontology and technologies supporting ageing populations.
The focus on positive intervention into the experience of the ageing population, and the applied nature of the Gerontology degree, will enhance the skills, employability and career progression of professionals working in this field. It’s the ideal degree for professionals researching or providing support to ageing populations.
Benefits of a Masters in Global Ageing (Gerontology)
Graduates will gain key competencies on par with the highest international standards set by the leading framework for teaching gerontology, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education’s Gerontological Competencies for Undergraduate and Graduate Education.
On completion of the Online Masters in Global Ageing, graduates will be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of the theory and practice, demonstrate awareness of international best practice in supporting ageing people and societies, and critically analyse research and policy linked to social gerontology and ageing studies. Networking and collaboration opportunities will allow graduates to share experiences and perspectives with peers, and enhance their awareness of different cultures and new possibilities with the field.
Career Path after a Masters in Global Ageing
Graduates are equipped with knowledge and skills that can be utilised within healthcare practice and informal support settings, as well as policy or business areas associated with older people and ageing populations.
Successful graduates can pursue a Doctorate or a PhD as further study.
A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2:1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.
Experience of working with older populations in a healthcare, policy or business setting, or research experience with older populations is recommended.
English language Requirements
Due to disruption in English Language testing caused by COVID-19, we are accepting alternative English Language tests (including online English Language Tests).
If English is not your first language we may require one of following qualifications as evidence of English language skills, however please contact your Stafford Higher Education Consultant for more English language options.
- IELTS Indicator 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-skill
- Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each sub-skill
- Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 169 in each sub-skill
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) 62 overall with 60 in each sub-skill
- IBT TOEFL 80 overall with 18 in reading, 23 in writing, 19 in listening and 21 in speaking
- IBT TOEFL Special Home Edition Test 80 overall with 18 in reading, 23 in writing, 19 in listening and 21 in speaking
- Trinity ISE II Pass overall and Merit in all sub-skills, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills
- Aptis (4 skills) CEFR B2 overall and B2 in all sub-skills
- Duolingo 105 overall with a minimum of 95 in each sub-skill
- LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator – Pass with minimum 33 in each sub-skill
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Ageing
This module provides students with an in-depth understanding of the principal theories regarding biological, psychological and sociocultural aspects of the ageing process. Students will be supported to examine key issues of gerontological interest through relevant theoretical perspectives to produce a final essay on an area of particular interest to them.
Research methods in the social sciences
This 20 credit module is an introduction to research methods, theories, techniques and ethics. It is part of the new online MSC in Global Ageing. The module will draw on a breadth of research methods topics (e.g. theories of knowing, qualitative methods, quantitative methods, mixed methods, ethics, and user involvement). The module will draw on relevant research methods readings which are common across subjects, and also have specific global-aging research readings which accompany the module.
Quantitative Research Methods
“Quantitative Research Methods” is concerned with developing theoretical, critical and practical skills in the use of quantitative methods to analyse social science data.
Living with Dementia
The module will be delivered using a range of approaches including online activities which may include: live lectures, webinars and workshops; pre-recorded lectures, videos, podcasts; and other activities such as reading, quizzes, and discussion boards. Canvas, Big Blue Button and Microsoft Teams and other tools may be used in the teaching of the module.
Lessons from the Longitudinal Studies of Ageing
The module will focus on the longitudinal studies that form the Gateway to Global Ageing (g2aging.org): a platform for population survey data on ageing around the world. The impact of ageing studies will be examined across a range of disciplines including sociocultural, economic, health, and psychological aspects. The application of harmonized survey data will be explored using examples of cross-country research across a range of topics including cognitive ageing, health behaviours, and social isolation. The application of longitudinal datasets will highlight population variation in relation to retirement and life expectancy. The opportunities and challenges of working with survey data and linkage to administrative data will be highlighted.
- An overview of longitudinal studies of ageing across the world: Gateway to Global Ageing
- Accessing and analyzing large survey datasets
- Longitudinal surveys and life course perspectives
- Cross-country research and its implications for understanding social, economic, and health issues
- Policy and practice implications of global ageing studies
An Integrated Approach to Frailty
Taking an assets-based approach to frailty appears contradictory in the knowledge that frailty is the most common condition leading to death among the population of people aged over 80. Yet, we know that frailty is not an inevitable consequence of ageing and can be delayed or prevented. This module will enable students to understand the experiences of the frail older person in a range of cultures and contexts and to reflect on assessment, prevention and enabling interventions.
This module gives students the opportunity to engage in a depth piece of work, focused on research evidence in an area of global ageing. Students will be supported to apply learning throughout the course in either an extended literature review or a writing a research proposal. Students have the opportunity to focus on an area of particular interest to them.