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Public Policy & Ageing MA

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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.

 Key benefits 

  • Located in the Department of Global Health & Social 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).

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 Laurie Corna

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2979
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200


Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's college London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

DepartmentDepartment of Global Health & Social Medicine,Institute of Gerontology



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Course detail


The Public Policy & Ageing programme offers you flexibility, with the choice to study either full or part-time. 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 totalling 180 – 200 credits to complete the programme, 60 credits will come from a dissertation of around 15,000–18,000 words.

If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying 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.

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


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 programme also requires 15,000–18,000 word supervised dissertation on the subject of Public Policy and Ageing.

Extra information

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


Year 1

Required Modules

MA Pathway

  • 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)


Optional Modules

Students 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, Health & Society (30 credits)

  • Ageing in a Global Context (15 credits)

  • Designing Quantitative Research (15 credits)

  • Quantitative Data Analysis (15 credits)

  • Designing Qualitative Research (15 credits)

  • Any Level 7 modules offered by King’s, subject to approvals

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

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.

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

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  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.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: TBC £10,950 p.a. (MA, 2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: TBC £19,650 p.a. (MA, 2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: TBC £5,475 p.a. (MA, 2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: TBC £9,825 p.a. (MA, 2017/18)*

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. 

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


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. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.


Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

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

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