Gerontology is the study of ageing at the individual and societal levels. It examines the changes humans undergo as they age, as well as the impact of growing proportions of older people on social institutions, labour markets, welfare systems and families. It investigates the relationships between generations and the interconnections between our older and younger selves. Insights are taken from social policy, demography, sociology, biology, healthcare sciences, psychology and economics. Gerontology is thus a fundamentally interdisciplinary subject which leads to a fascinating variety of careers.
The programme aims to provide you with:
* critical appreciation of key theoretical perspectives in gerontology and their application to the analysis of issues concerning ageing and the life course
* understanding of contemporary debates in gerontology surrounding the lives of older people, their families and societies in developed and developing countries
* the ability to evaluate policies and initiatives concerning population ageing, welfare provision and quality of life of older people, their families and carers
* competence in qualitative and quantitative research methods and their application to key research questions
* the ability to design and conduct independent research in gerontology using appropriate research methods
* preparation for a career in the field of gerontology and applied health and social sciences
Compulsory modules: Ageing, health and well-being; Demographic change, ageing and globalisation; Perspectives in gerontology; Researching contemporary issues in ageing societies
One substantive module from: Population and health; Population, poverty and policy; Population, resources and the environment; The mixed economy of welfare; Understanding population change; Understanding social change
Plus one research methods module from: Design and statistical analysis of surveys; Philosophy, methodology and research design; Qualitative methods
Plus: Dissertation (15,000 words; MSc only)
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.