University of the West of Scotland

Gerontology and Later Life Studies, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    2100
    Tuition (Module)
    790
    Tuition (Module)
  • English
    Language
This Gerontology and Later Life Studies programme at University of the West of Scotland has been designed to cater for a range of professionals with relevant experience and interest in working with older people. It has been designed to have particular appeal to health and social care professionals and also those professionals who are working in the third sector (i.e. for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises).

About

The MSc in Gerontology and Later Life Studies aims to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence of all its participants by introducing debate around our understanding of ageing, the shifting demographics and the integration and globalisation of health and social care. 

The MSc in Gerontology with Dementia Care has similar aims but the focus of this pathway is on the care of people living with dementia particularly changing care priorities as it advances. 
The programme and pathway are both designed to equip students with an in-depth knowledge in order to allow them to utilise leadership and planning skills to promote evidence informed approaches to meeting the needs of our ageing population.

Career prospects

This course aims to develop experienced professionals and others to take on the challenges of autonomous practice, decision-making, leadership and research roles now required in this important sector of health and social care. It is recognised that advanced and specialised knowledge is needed to support the increasingly blended and integrated roles that professionals now adopt in supporting older people across a range of settings. Current students include occupational therapists, integrated discharge facilitators, care home and assistant care home managers and charge nurses. The Gerontology and Later Life Studies course is delivered by University of the West of Scotland.

Programme Structure

The MSc in Gerontology and Later Life Studies is a part-time programme which may be studied over 3-5 years with exit qualifications at:

Postgraduate Certificate in Gerontology and Later Life Studies

There are two core modules in Year 1 (each 20 credits):

  • Contemporary Issues in Ageing
  • Frailty in Later Life

To participate in the MSc in Gerontology (with Dementia Care) Pathway

The two core modules in Year 1 (each 20 credits) are

  • Dementia Care Principles
  • Contemporary Issues in Advanced Dementia Care

You are also required to complete an option module. You can choose any module available during the trimester that you make your choice. The module must however have a relevance to the programme or your professional role and you choice needs to be approved by the Programme Leader

For more information please visit the program website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    For UK/EU applicants there is no formal closing date for most courses.

    Due to visa processing times non-EU applicants must apply for courses starting in September by the beginning of August. 

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Part-time
    • Average duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      3–5 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
  • More information Go To The Course Website
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English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

The programme is aimed at a range of professionals with relevant experience and interest in working with older people and/or people living with dementia. It has been designed to have particular appeal to health and social care professionals and also those professionals who are working in the third sector (i.e. for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises).

Applications are welcomed from graduates from all relevant disciplines with experience and or interest in later life care provision.

Normally candidates will hold a first degree.

In addition candidates should have a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience.
Students who have already gained credit at SCQF Level 11 (or QCF/EQF Level 7) may transfer this in certain circumstances; this will be considered on an individual basis. Students who have completed the UWS Programme Graduate Certificate Working with Older People

Tuition Fee Per Module

  • GBP 2100 International
  • GBP 790 EU/EEA

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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