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About Gerontology and Ageing Studies at Swansea University


  • International approach that is unique in the UK
  • Hosted in the internationally renowned research centre, the Centre for Innovative Ageing
  • The centre is the largest gerontology research centre in Wales and the second largest in the UK
  • The Centre hosts The Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR)
  • Offers strong national and international links 
  • Connections to policy-makers which are unparalleled in other parts of the UK

Teaching and Employability:

  • Programme is designed to meet employer needs 
  • Encompasses a range of disciplines delivered by subject leaders and experts from around the world
  • Opportunities for work placements within local NGO's (non-Governmental Organisations)
  • Opportunity to study abroad at one of the College's partner institutions in Alberta, Canada

Course Overview

This Gerontology and Ageing course is designed to meet employer needs and prepares students with the knowledge and experience needed to work with older people, design policies, manage and deliver services and manufacture products for an ageing population.

The field of ageing is becoming increasingly important: Over the last 25 years the UK population aged 65 and over has increased by over 1.5 million.  The 2011 census showed that 16 per cent of the population are now in this age group. This trend is projected to continue. By 2033, 23 per cent of the population will be aged 65 and over compared to 18% aged 16 or younger. The fastest population increase has been in the number of those aged 85 and over, the 'oldest old'.

The third phase of the Welsh Government's Strategy for Older People - Living Longer, Ageing Well - runs from 2013 to 2023. Gerontology and Ageing Studies at Swansea looks at policy, practice and application to put you at the forefront of current developments.

Gerontology and Ageing Studies takes a holistic approach. It shifts the central focus from the medical model of ageing, to one that encompasses a range of disciplines including psychology, sociology and demography, viewing ageing more positively. 


Why this course?

The course in Gerontology and Ageing draws on the research and expertise of The Centre of Innovative Ageing (CIA) within the College of Human and Health Sciences. 

The CIA is at the forefront of interdisciplinary work on ageing and provides the infrastructure, focus and leadership for ageing research across the University.  The Centre houses a unique cluster of researchers and lecturers who contribute to each of the postgraduate courses in Gerontology and Ageing studies. 

The course is designed to meet employer needs and prepares students with the knowledge and experience needed to work with older people, design policies, manage and deliver services and manufacture products for an ageing population.

Course structure

The course is offered on a full-time or part-time basis. 

Full-time students normally complete six modules and submit their dissertation by the end of the first year. Part-time students will normally take two years to complete six modules, and one further year to complete the dissertation. There is also the option for part-time students to complete the programme in two years.

The MSc in Gerontology and Ageing Studies comprises 6 modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). Four compulsory modules (20 credits each) cover the context of population ageing and explore theoretical perspectives on ageing.

These critically examine policy and practice initiatives that deal with issues in relation to health and consider the types of research methods that can be adopted in conducting ageing research.

Each module provides the opportunity to explore cutting-edge debates and issues on ageing in a global context.


Post-Graduate Certificate and Diploma Options

These courses, similar to the MSc, can also be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

Certificate students will take three modules totalling 60 credits, comprising two compulsory modules and one optional module selected from the College MSc catalogue.

The diploma students will complete the same 120 credits as the MSc but will not be required to complete the 60 credit dissertation. 

Both options are flexible for students looking to study specific areas of interest whilst still obtaining a solid foundation in the principles of gerontology. These options provide the perfect alternative for individuals or employers who want the world-leading education provided by the Centre for Innovative Ageing, but for whom the research project is not integral to their learning experience.



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Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International MSc Full-time £6,000 £13,950 MSc Part-time £3,000 £7,000 MSc Part-time £2,000 £4,650 PGDip Full-time £4,000 £9,300 PGDip Part-time £2,000 £4,650 PGCert Full-time £2,000 £4,650 PGCert Part-time £2,000 £4,650

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

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