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Gerontology MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert



The study of gerontology at one of the world’s leading centres. Students draw on a wide range of expertise, including geriatricians, clinicians, demographers, policy analysts and sociologists, to gain awareness of cross-national and national perspectives on ageing and the lives of older people.

Key benefits

  • Taught by faculty in the Institute of Gerontology, one of the leading centres for the study of ageing and later life worldwide. The Institute is located in the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, a unique, research-led interdisciplinary social science department directed by internationally recognised scholars.

  • Provides a truly interdisciplinary programme drawing on a wide range of professional and disciplinary expertise and experience including geriatrics, demography, policy analysis and sociology.

  • Offers close links with, and regular speakers from, social policy and healthcare arenas to give students insights and up-to-the-minute knowledge of these areas as they affect ageing and older people.

  • Offers an awareness of national, cross-national and comparative perspectives of ageing populations, the ageing process and older people in society throughout the programme.

  • Provides strong links with King’s Health Partners, one of only six Academic Health Sciences Centres in England bringing together three NHS Trusts (Guy’s and St. Thomas’, King’s College Hospital, and South London and Maudsley).

  • Taught in the heart of London, close to government, non-governmental organisations, and policy think tanks.

  • Provides education at the cutting edge of current research into ageing and later life, through taught modules and original research.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration MSc: One year FT, two days teaching per week, 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 Mayumi Hayashi

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +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


Entry requirements & how to apply

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.

Application procedure

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.

Personal statement and supporting information

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.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.


Course detail

Course purpose

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.

Further literature

Course format and assessment

Lecture and tutorial-based teaching using problem-based tasks and projects, assessed through coursework essays, written examinations and oral presentations. Dissertation based on an independent project.



Career prospects

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.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£3,000 p.a. (PGCert, 2016/17)*; £6,000 p.a. (PGDip, 2016/17)*; £9,000 p.a. (MSc, 2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£5,850 p.a. (PGCert, 2016/17)*; £11,700 p.a. (PGDip, 2016/17)*; £17,550 p.a. (MSc, 2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£1,500 p.a. (PGCert, 2016/17)*; £3,000 p.a. (PGDip, 2016/17)*; £4,500 p.a. (MSc, 2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£2,925 p.a. (PGCert, 2016/17)*; £5,850 p.a. (PGDip, 2016/17)*; £8,775 p.a. (MSc, 2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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 deposit is £1,000 – Home/EU and £2,000 – Overseas (2016/17)

If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2016, payment is due by 30th April 2016.

If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.


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