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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.
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 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.
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.
Programme core module:
Population, Ageing & Policy - 7SSHM500
Programme compulsory modules:
The Policy Process - 7SSPP001
Comparative Public Policy - 7SSPP002
Dissertation in Public Policy & Ageing - 7SSHM510 (MA only)
Students registered for the PG Certificate take Population, Ageing & Policy, The Policy Process and Comparative Public Policy.
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. Listed below are some of the modules offered within the department, a full list can be found here.
*Please note that not all modules may be running in a given year, please refer to the Department Module List for further information.
Designing Qualitative Research for Social Science, Health & Medicine - 7SSHM503
Designing Quantitative Research for Social Science, Health & Medicine - 7SSHM502
Internships - 7SSHM614
Quantitative Data Analysis - 7SSHM504
Ageing in a Global Context - 7SSHM505
Researching Vulnerable Populations - 7SSHM506
Data Manipulation & Management - 7SSHM507
Ageing, Health & Society - 7SSHM501
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£3,000 p.a. (PGCert, 2016/17)*; £8,000 p.a. (PGDip, 2016/17)*; £10,500 p.a. (MA, 2016/17)*
£5,850 p.a. (PGCert, 2016/17)*; £12,500 p.a. (PGDip, 2016/17)*; £18,750 p.a. (MA, 2016/17)*
£2,000 p.a. (PGCert, 2016/17)*; £4,000 p.a. (PGDip, 2016/17)*; £5,250 p.a. (MA, 2016/17)*
£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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