Gerontology is the study of the process of ageing, the institutions related to ageing populations and the needs and circumstances of older people. We aim to promote the understanding of ageing and later life and to develop the means of improving the well-being of older people through research, policy and practice. These aims are pursued through research, teaching, conference and seminar presentations and the development of international links and cross-national research. We offer programmes at graduate level only (MSc, MA, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, MRes and MPhil/PhD in Gerontology). The Institute's teaching is rated 'Excellent' in curriculum design, management, student support and guidance and student progression and achievement. The department is a UK ESRC recognised research training outlet.
INDUCTION & TRAINING
The Institute holds an Introductory Day for students beginning their studies in the department. Students are also invited to departmental seminars where, typically, members of the department present their research. MPhil/PhD students agree training requirements at the beginning of each year with their supervisors. We also run a bi-monthly PhD workshop and study programmes and our PhD students have the option to belong to a writing group. All graduate students have a personal tutor to assist them through their years of study.
The department is situated on the Strand Campus, where teaching takes place. The Strand Campus offers many computer rooms and other extensive student facilities. Gerontology also has dedicated library facilities at the nearby Waterloo Campus.
Our primary activity is research and at any given time staff hold a number of research grants. A substantial proportion come from the government's research councils (ESRC, BBSRC and EPSRC), with the remainder from charitable foundations and (from time to time) government departments.
Funding for graduate students may be available through the Graduate School. A small number of bursaries towards fees are currently available to students on MSc Global Ageing and MA Public Policy & Ageing.
Institute of Gerontology
+44 (0) 20 7848 1403/7216
Institute of Gerontology, Rooms K4L.19 - K4L.24, 4th Floor Lower Mezzanine, King's Building, Strand Campus, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS