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The Public Policy & Ageing course is a multi-disciplinary programme that covers policy making and analysis, specifically how the state addresses the challenges that arise in economic, social, political and health arenas.
You will develop a broad understanding of demographic, policy, social and economic concerns within the management of ageing societies. This course will equip you with the analytical and critical skills relevant for understanding the challenges of public policies and their implementation.
Located in the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, the Institute of Gerontology is a unique, research-led interdisciplinary social science department directed by internationally recognised scholars.
A highly flexible study programme, drawing on a broad range of professional and disciplinary expertise and experience including geriatric, demographers, policy analysis and sociology.
We offer close links with, and regular speakers from social policy and healthcare fields, providing insights and up-to-the-minute knowledge of these areas as they affect ageing and older people.
You will gain an awareness of national, cross-national and comparative perspectives of ageing populations, the ageing process and older people in society throughout the programme.
We have 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).
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 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,Institute of Gerontology
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.
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 Public Policy & Ageing programme offers you flexibility, with the choice to study either full or part-time, and whether to study for a full master’s qualification, a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma. This multidisciplinary course is an ideal study pathway for health professionals, including geriatricians, psychiatrists, GPs, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. The programme is also suited to both medical and health science practitioners as well as graduates from social and natural sciences, management, policy and politics, economics, law and humanities backgrounds.
The study programme is made up of optional and required modules. The MA pathway requires modules totalling 180 – 200 credits to complete the programme, 60 credits will come from a dissertation of around 15,000–18,000 words.
The Postgraduate Diploma pathway requires modules with a minimum total of 120 credits and a maximum of 125 credits to complete the programme.
The Postgraduate Certificate route requires students to take modules with a total of 70 credits to complete the programme.
If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying for the MA qualification part-time, your programme will take two years to complete; part-time students will be expected to take Population Ageing & Policy, Comparative Public Policy and Critical Policy Research for Health and Medicine in year one, with the remaining required modules taken in year two. Optional modules will be studied over both years.
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.
We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.
The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of essays, written examinations and oral presentations. The MA study programme also requires 15,000–18,000 word supervised dissertation on the subject of Public Policy and Ageing.
Population Ageing & Policy (30 credits)
The Policy Process (20 credits)
Comparative Public Policy (20 credits)
Critical Policy Research for Health and Medicine (15 credits)
Dissertation in Public Policy & Ageing (60 credits)
Post Graduate Diploma Pathway
Ageing, Health & Society (30 credits)
Designing Quantitative Research (15 credits)
Students are also required to take one of the following modules:
Designing Qualitative Research (15 credits)
Quantitative Data Analysis (15 credits)
Post Graduate Certificate Pathway
Comparative Public Policy (20 credits)
Students taking the MA or Postgraduate Diploma are able to choose from 35-55 credits of optional modules from within the department or from other departments within King's College, typically including:
Data Manipulation and Management Research (15 credits)
Researching Vulnerable Populations Research (15 credits)
Internship (20 credits)
Ageing in a Global Context (15 credits)
Any Level 7 modules offered by King’s, subject to approvals
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N/A (PGCert, 2017/18)*; N/A (PGDip, 2016/17)*; £10,950 p.a. (MA, 2017/18)*
N/A (PGCert, 2017/18)*; N/A (PGDip, 2016/17)*; £19,650 p.a. (MA, 2017/18)*
N/A (PGCert, 2017/18)*; N/A (PGDip, 2016/17)*; £5,475 p.a. (MA, 2017/18)*
N/A (PGCert, 2017/18)*; N/A (PGDip, 2016/17)*; £9,825 p.a. (MA, 2017/18)*
*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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