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The Gerontology programme will build your awareness of global perspectives on ageing and the lives of older people by drawing on the views and experience of a wide range of experts including geriatricians, clinicians, demographers, policy analysts and sociologists.
Application status Open
Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90
Course intake 10 FT, 20 PT approximately.
Course leaders Dr Laurie Corna
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
Department Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
1st class or 2:1 undergraduate degree (or the equivalent from an overseas university).
We may consider candidates with a lower second class degree or with professional qualifications from a recognised institution if they can:
show relevant work experience and/or relevant professional qualifications,
demonstrate that they are highly motivated
provide referees from their university or employment strongly supporting their admission onto a masters level programme.
In these circumstances we will usually admit a student to our certificate or diploma programmes, possibly with a view to the student transferring to the master's programme if they successfully pass their first two examined subjects. Relevant professional qualifications will be taken into account. Holders of the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine (DGM), Royal College of Physicians are exempt from 60 credits, and may therefore fast track and omit one-third of the MSc.
If you believe you are eligible for the credit exemption, please notify the Admissions Team via your King’s Apply account and provide a copy of your Diploma.
Your application will be assessed by the Admissions Tutor. You may be invited to be interviewed. We may interview non-UK candidates by telephone and may ask applicants to write an essay. We will only assess complete applications with supporting uploaded documents. Please see our website for more details. We aim to process all complete applications within four weeks; during February and March and over holiday periods, applications may take longer to process.
The personal statement should be approximately three to four paragraphs, and no more than one page. This should explain why you are interested in the programme applied for, and could include, for example, details of your motivation and aptitude, your relevant experience and skills, and any other information that would be useful for us in assessing your application. In general terms, we look for candidates who demonstrate a strong interest in the programme, are committed to academic study at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the potential to do well in an academic environment.
The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.
The study programme is made up of optional and required modules totalling 180 credits to complete the programme, 60 credits will come from a dissertation of around 15,000 - 18,000 words.
Aimed at: health professionals including geriatricians, psychiatrists, GPs, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and others from the medical and health sciences, as well as students from other disciplines including social and natural sciences, management, policy and politics, economics, law and humanities.
Lecture and tutorial-based teaching using problem-based tasks and projects, assessed through coursework essays, written examinations and oral presentations. The programme also requires 15-18,000 word supervised dissertation on the subject of Gerontology.
Programme core module:
Population, Ageing & Policy - 7SSHM500
Programme compulsory modules:
Designing Quantitative Research for Social Science, Health & Medicine - 7SSHM502
Quantitative Data Analysis - 7SSHM504
Gerontology Dissertation - 7SSHM508
Students are able to choose a 15-credit optional module from within the department or from other departments within King's College. Listed below are some of the modules offered within the department, a full list can be found here.
*Please note that not all modules may be running in a given year, please refer to the Department Module List for further information.
Ageing in a Global Context - 7SSHM505
Pharmaceuticals & Society - 7SSHM612
Ethics of Clinical Research - 7SSHM615
Researching Vulnerable Populations - 7SSHM506
Data Manipulation & Management - 7SSHM507
Students have gone on to pursue a range of careers including consultant positions in geriatric medicine and psychiatry, work as specialist health care practitioners focusing on older people, positions in Government and the public sector, policy positions in public and voluntary organisations, analytical posts, and research and academic posts in universities around the world. Many of our past graduates now work in strategic positions influencing the lives of older people in medicine, social care and policy or within local government, voluntary organisations, or non-governmental organisations.
"The staff at King’s are incredibly supportive and understanding; they really get to know you and are eager to support your learning. There was a great selection of compulsory and optional modules, all of which I found fascinating which in turn made learning more enjoyable. The standard of teaching is excellent; the assessment processes include exams and assignments – some of which are more practically focused, which was a great way to learn. I made some good friendships on the course, which supported an exchange of ideas."
"Here I’ve found supportive, passionate lecturers who also happen to be outstanding professionals in the field of Gerontology. My campus at Strand is literally out of Harry Potter, and there is always something happening at Somerset House next door, including Fashion Week! My room at Wolfson House is around the corner from Borough Market and Shoreditch. I don’t have to walk far for an adventure. As my course comes to an end, I’ve received personal career advice about my next steps."
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TBC £9,450 p.a. (MSc, 2017/18)*
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*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.
The UK/EU deposit is £500.
The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
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