MSc Global Ageing (Online)

Taught by internationally renowned leaders in ageing, our online MSc Global Ageing will give you a world-class education in social gerontology and ageing studies.

Global Ageing (Online)

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2022
  • Duration MSc part time: 24 months, MSc full time: 12 months
  • Mode of study Online, Part-time, Full-time

According to the WHO, between 2015 and 2050 the proportion of the world's population over 60 years will nearly double from 12% to 22%. With this rapid increase, countries face major challenges to ensure their health and social systems are ready to make the most of this demographic shift.

This course will provide you with an advanced understanding about the ageing of individuals and populations, the implications this has for policy, practice and the development of products and services, as well as the demands and challenges this raises.  It covers content and skills development in social gerontology, ageing and population studies, dementia studies and health care and practice.

The key competencies you will gain and enhance will be in line with the highest international standards set by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education’s Gerontological Competencies for Undergraduate and Graduate Education, a leading framework for teaching gerontology.

The applied nature of the course and its focus on positive interventions into the experiences of older people will support skills acquisition, employability and career progression in fields related to supporting, researching and intervening in ageing populations and societies. 

Top reasons to study with us

Course objectives

At the end of this course, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of theory and practice in social gerontology and ageing studies.
  • Critically analyse empirical research and policy linked to ageing and the experiences of older people across the world.
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of international best practice in supporting older people and ageing societies.
  • Evidence critical thinking, problem-solving and multidisciplinarity.
  • Demonstrate skills in digital learning and collaboration.

Flexible learning

The standard is two years part-time, but there are options to study at a slower pace, gaining credits on module completion or to complete the programme in one year with full-time study.

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

Research overview

The Faculty of Social Sciences enjoys an outstanding international research reputation. We engage with communities around the world and produce research that makes a positive difference to society.

Our world-leading research environment has been recognised in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), with 100% of our research submissions being judged as world leading or internationally excellent in terms of the quality of the research environment and their impact.

The University of Stirling is home to the Dementia Services Development Centre – an international centre of knowledge and expertise dedicated to improving the lives of people with dementia. Our team of experts advise governments and academic institutions in the UK, Europe, China and Australia on dementia-related issues, and provide training and consultancy for the private, voluntary and statutory sectors.

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