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Public Policy & Ageing MA /PG Dip / PG Cert



The programme provides a multi-disciplinary advanced education in public policy and ageing studies; specifically how the challenges that arise in economic, social, political and health arenas are perpetuated or remediated by the state, the market, the voluntary sector and the family.  The programme will also equip students with the skills to engage with key debates about the policy process as well as broadening their understanding of demographic, policy, social and economic concern in the management of ageing societies.

 Key benefits 

  • Led by the Institute of Gerontology, one of the leading centres for the study of ageing and later life worldwide, and run in conjunction with the Department of Political Economy.
  • Provides a truly interdisciplinary programme drawing on a wide range of professional and disciplinary expertise and experience including policy analysts, sociologists, demographers, geriatricians, and clinicians.
  • 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).
  • Provides internship opportunities with policy and voluntary organisations to enhance students’ employability and career opportunities.
  • Programmes are available at PG Certificate, PG Diploma and Masters degree level.

Key information

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 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,Institute of Gerontology


Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Candidates should have a first class or upper second class (2:1) honours 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, can demonstrate that they are highly motivated and have 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 masters programme if they successfully pass their first two examined subjects. Relevant professional qualifications will be taken into account.

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 uploaded applications with supporting documents. Please see our website for more details.

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 students interested in government, policy, politics, NGOs, voluntary sector, development work, comparative studies and ageing who wish to develop specialist understanding of policymaking for old age and ageing populations. It combines theoretical studies of public policy with multidisciplinary studies of ageing and later life.

Further literature

Course format and assessment

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

Extra information

This programme is taught in conjunction with the Department of Political Economy.



Career prospects

Students have gone onto pursue a range of careers including analytical positions in government and the public sector, policy positions in public and voluntary organisations and think tanks, consultant positions in geriatric medicine and psychiatry, specialist health care practice focusing on older people, and research and academic posts in universities internationally.  Many of our students now work in strategic positions promoting the well being of older people around the world.


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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£3,000 p.a. (PGCert, 2016/17)*; £8,000 p.a. (PGDip, 2016/17)*; £10,500 p.a. (MA, 2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£5,850 p.a. (PGCert, 2016/17)*; £12,500 p.a. (PGDip, 2016/17)*; £18,750 p.a. (MA, 2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£2,000 p.a. (PGCert, 2016/17)*; £4,000 p.a. (PGDip, 2016/17)*; £5,250 p.a. (MA, 2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£3,125 p.a. (PGCert, 2016/17)*; £6,250 p.a. (PGDip, 2016/17)*; £9,375 p.a. (MA, 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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