Research Methods for Social Science & Health


PG Cert


Part Time, Full Time

| Admissions status: Open
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Ageing & Society MA/MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

I studied Sociology at the National University of Singapore and subsequently worked for Singapore Public Service. I was involved in the implementation of the National Wellness Programme, which organises health screenings, physical activities, social outings and interest groups for older persons. The programme’s objectives are to promote physical health, social engagement and mental wellbeing amongst older persons.


To enhance my professional capabilities, I chose to pursue an MSc Ageing and Society course at the King’s College London Institute of Gerontology, which is a world-renowned institution. I wanted to deepen my understanding of the aged population and the social implications of population ageing; and learn the methods of quantitative social research and data analysis.


The MSc Ageing and Society course has broadened my perspective of ageing societies, enabled me to analyse ageing issues and deepened my understanding of how social policies affect elderly persons in both the developed and developing countries. The rigorous training has equipped me with the skills to conduct quantitative social research and data analysis independently. The lecturers are also approachable for consultations. Hence, I have benefitted from the high quality of teaching and guidance.


The experience of studying and living in London and engaging with classmates from Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America was very enriching. In addition to studying and discussing assignments, we also enjoy ourselves by going for meals and outings together!


I recommend this MSc to those who are interested in serving older persons, particularly those working in the public service and voluntary welfare sector. My advice to prospective student is, to read widely, think deeply and identify your area of interests from an early stage, in preparation for your dissertation.

Postgraduate Officer, Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA)
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1977/7203/7230/1434/7204
fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Dr Karen Lowton Senior Lecturer in Ageing & Health 020 7848 2566
Dr Debora Price Senior Lecturer in Social Policy 020 7848 2560


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