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