Multi-Morbidity in the Older Person

Key facts

  • Module codeNURP013
  • Start date 9 Sep 2019
  • Application deadline14 Jul 2019
  • Duration15 weeks
  • Days on campus0
  • Credit value SCQF SCQF 11 20
  • Fees Fees: £522. Overseas Fees: £1517.
  • Study mode Part-time


Multi-morbidity means the presence of two or more co-occurring diseases. People are living for longer with multiple conditions which presents complex challenges for global health care needs. With a focus on the interface between social impacts of ageing, biological ageing and the impact of the environment, this module provides students with the knowledge to develop a critical understanding of approaches to multi-morbidity, and to understand the impact at individual and societal levels.

Content includes:

  • Understanding multi-morbidity and its impact on the older person
  • National and global epidemiology of multi-morbidity in the older person
  • Complex communication
  • Experiences of multi-morbidity
  • Common conditions experienced by the older person
  • Public health approaches to multi-morbidity
  • Asset-based approach to multi-morbidity

The module can be completed as a single credit based module. Alternatively, it may be used as credit towards the MSc Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing.

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant relevant work/life experience are encouraged to contact the Course Director to discuss further before making an application.

Experience of supporting older people in a health, social care, social work or third sector/Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) is recommended.

Please note: this course is entirely online. Students from overseas opting to study online do not need to apply for a Student visa.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 176 with minimum of 169 in each skill
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 with minimum 169 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 with 56 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL 90 with no subtest less than 20

For more information go to English language requirements.

If you don’t meet the required score and are UK based, you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.

A flexible payment scheme is operated by the University to support students who are self-funding.

On completion of the module, students are expected to:

  • Demonstrate critical understanding of some of the chronic and long-term conditions simultaneously affecting older people with associated implications for caring.
  • Demonstrate awareness of empirical-based research into challenging and complex communication.
  • Develop skills to analyse, synthesise and integrate evidence to promote best practice in a national and international context.
  • Evidence advanced knowledge of evidence-based strategies and best practice to hear the voice of the person experiencing multi-morbidity and their family.

The module is delivered entirely online. We anticipate that some students may be working in posts that require on-call or shift working (day/nights), or may be in different time zones. To enhance the student experience and maximise online participation, this module will be delivered flexibly.  Online teaching sessions, pre-recorded material, interaction on social media and asynchronous discussion boards will complement real time module engagement.

Assessment: 4000 word essay.

Karen Watchman

This course equips students with the knowledge and skills that they can utilise within their professional practice and workplace, including health, social care and third sectors/NGO.  Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of health and social care needs of older people and solutions to enhance care.  They will also have the opportunity to gain a range of transferable skills relevant to their professional careers.