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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Highfield Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About this course

Gerontology examines ageing and its impact. On this MSc Gerontology: Research you’ll learn about the effects of ageing populations on social institutions, labour markets, welfare systems, families and individuals. The course also places a strong emphasis on qualitative and quantitative research methods.

You’ll graduate in an ideal position to pursue doctoral level studies or for a career in local or national government.

Understanding the process of population ageing can benefit areas such as health and social care, research, local and national policy. On this course, you'll study a range of perspectives, including policy, demography, sociology, biology, healthcare sciences, psychology and economics.

This UK master’s in gerontology research is recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). The ESRC DTP can offer funding if you're interested in progressing to PhD training.

If you already have research methods skills you may be able to study more advanced modules in quantitative or qualitative research methods.

You’ll develop:

  • understanding of key theories in gerontology and how they apply to the analysis of ageing and life course issues
  • knowledge of global debates around the lives of older people, their families and societies
  • the ability to assess policies and initiatives about population ageing, welfare provision and quality of life of older people, their families and carers
  • competence in qualitative and quantitative research methods and how they apply to key research in gerontology questions
  • the ability to design and conduct independent research in gerontology using appropriate research methods
  • skills for a career in the field of gerontology and applied health and social sciences


You’ll graduate with the knowledge and practical skills to work with older people in a wide range of settings.

You’ll also be in an ideal position to continue your researches at PhD level.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 19,850per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Southampton

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  • Campus address

    University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1BJ, England

Southampton welcomes students from over 130 countries, including more than 7,450 EU and international students.
There are a wide range of support programmes to help students prepare for learning in a British academic environment and meet English language requirements.
Every September there is a free welcome programme for international and EU students, designed to help students settle into life in the UK.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    26th out of 102 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    142 72%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    54 54%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.88 78%



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