Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing

MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate


Funded places available

If you meet all eligibility requirements you will automatically be considered for one of the fully funded places.

Introduction

How can over a billion people age well across the world? Globally, the number of older persons is growing faster than the number of people in any other age group, putting pressure on all sectors of society. The core theme of this online postgraduate programme is to bring together two perspectives on ageing: the positive view of healthy, successful and active ageing, and the negative view of illness, vulnerability, disability and frailty. The MSc Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing considers experiences of both perspectives from around the world in a range of health, social care and policy contexts. Core modules have been developed for students who would like to specialise in this fast-growing sector. This enables critical awareness of strategies, supports and interventions that facilitate ageing with complex multi-morbidities, frailty and dementia.

This programme cuts across two key scientific areas. Firstly, studying the process of ageing challenges you to consider how this happens across an individual’s lifespan, not just in later years. Secondly, gerontology takes a multidisciplinary approach that brings in cultural, psycho-social, cognitive, and biomedical aspects to consider the impact of getting older. 

Our mission is to strive for excellence in teaching and research that will equip the current and future generation of professionals with expertise in supporting ageing populations. As a student, you will bring your experience of working with older people at a local or national level. You will be supported to reflect on positive change in your area of expertise based on current research and evidence. To achieve this, the programme incorporates the experience of the older person and their families, clinical and social care/social work staff who provide support, and eminent researchers in the field of ageing and gerontology.

Key information

EU Applicants
EU students enrolling for a taught postgraduate degree in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic year will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students and will be eligible for the same tuition support as Scottish domiciled students.

  • Qualification: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Study methods: Distance learning, Online, Part-time, Stand-alone modules
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Start date:

    11th September 2017

    Application Deadline: 2nd July 2017

  • Course Director: Dr Karen Watchman
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Dr Karen Watchman

www.stir.ac.uk/people/33404

Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport
University of Stirling
Stirling
FK9 4LA

Course objectives

  • To develop an advanced understanding of theory and multidisciplinary perspectives in gerontology and approaches to ageing.
  • To critically analyse research and policy on key gerontological and ageing issues.
  • To demonstrate critical awareness of international best practice and interventions that facilitate positive ageing with complex co-morbidities, frailty or dementia.
  • To become a critical thinker who can reflect on the experiences of older persons globally and apply to a local context.
  • To develop knowledge and skills in digital learning and collaboration.

What makes us different?

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

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 appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to contact the Programme Director 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 programme is entirely online. Students from overseas opting to study online do not need to apply for a Tier 4 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 Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
  • 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 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.

Flexible Learning

If you are interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email graduate.admissions@stir.ac.uk to discuss your course of study.

Fees and costs

2017/18 Overseas PG Cert - £4,350 PG Dip - £8,700 MSc - £13,050
2017/18 Home/EU £4,600

 

2018/19 Overseas MSc - £13,650
2018/19 Home/EU To be confirmed

From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for all taught postgraduate courses are to be held at the level set upon entry.

Please note there is an additional charge should you choose to attend a graduation ceremony. View more information

Cost of Living

Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

Payment options

Find information on paying fees by instalments

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

There are different funding options available depending on your location and route of entry into the programme:

  • Self-funded or some competitive funding options are available, including postgraduate scholarship places which offer a flexible route of study – scholarship information
  • The Scottish Funding Council is funding Home/EU tuition fees for a number of places on the MSc Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing. Funded places are open to applicants domiciled in Scotland and the EU.
  • Individual modules are available as part of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Funding support for these may be available in Scotland, for example, through National Health Service (NHS) Boards.

See further information about tuition fees within the University and paying fees by instalments.

Scholarship finder

Scottish Funding Council masters scholarships

In partnership with the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre and The Data Lab, the University of Stirling is currently offering up to 85 fully funded places on a select range of Masters Programmes during 2017/18. For each place, the full cost of tuition will be covered across a diverse set of courses.

All of the cutting-edge programmes supported by this funding have been handpicked because they arm graduates with all the skills necessary to impact Scotland's key up-and-coming industries – and each scholarship is supported by a set of inclusive eligibility requirements.

How do I apply?

You don't. So long as you apply for one of the listed postgraduate courses, accept an unconditional offer and meet all eligibility requirements, you will automatically be considered for one of the scholarships. Successful candidates will then be notified via email by the University's Admissions Office.

Scottish Funding Council masters scholarships

Structure and teaching

Structure and content

The course is international and online. You can study from the comfort of your own home and interact with students from all over the world.

To achieve the MSc Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing you will complete:

This completes your preparation for the dissertation in year 3.

  • A dissertation module in year 3. Your dissertation spans two semesters: autumn and spring in year 3 of the MSc programme. You do not conduct research. Instead, you are required to write a detailed research proposal using either a qualitative or a quantitative methodology on an issue affecting the health and wellbeing of the older person. The title is agreed with your dissertation supervisor before the end of year 2.

*Available as a stand-alone CPD module

 

The table below explains the structure of the MSc Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing.

 

Autumn

Spring

Year1

Postgraduate certificate

Global Issues in Ageing Societies (NURP011)

Health and Wellbeing of People with Dementia (NURP012)

                                      Skills for Knowledge Enquiry (Bridging module) (NURP002)

Year 2

Postgraduate diploma

Multi-morbidity in the Older Adult (NURP013)

An Integrated Approach to Frailty (NURP014)

                              Qualitative Research and Analysis (bridging module) (NURP004) OR
                                Quantitative Research and Analysis (bridging module) (NURP006)

Year 3

MSc

                                 Research proposal dissertation 60 credits (part time) (NURP051)

Delivery and assessment

The MSc Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing teaching team have national and international profiles in research and education related to gerontology and ageing. Their research activities will be incorporated into your teaching and learning. All teaching is online and uses web-based distance-learning and interactive materials.

There are no exams as all modules are assessed through coursework.

Students will require access to a computer with an internet connection; broadband or a link to a powerful local area network (such as in a college or University) is the preferred option.

Why Stirling?

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In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

  • In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport came first for health research in Scotland and was ranked 12th in the UK showcasing out commitment to produce world-leading or internationally excellent research that improves health and reduces health inequalities.
  • Stirling is one of only two UK universities ranked in the top 50 by the QS World University Rankings, for Universities under the age of 50 years. This recognises universities who have established a strong position in international ranking tables in an impressively short period of time.

Rating

The University of Stirling holds the UK Student Nursing Times Award for Pre-Registration Nurse Education Provider (2016).

 

International Students

The University of Stirling welcomes students from around the world. Find out what studying here could be like for you .

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

This programme facilitates the development of expert knowledge in care of the older person and helps prepare health and social care professionals to deliver the specialist knowledge and skills required to support their practice.

Employability

Students will develop an  in-depth knowledge of critical and emerging health and social care needs of older people with strategies to enhance care and support. This programme equips students with knowledge and skills that can be utilised within practice and provides the opportunity to gain a range of transferable skills in order to enhance professional development.

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