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Gerontology & Ageing MA/MSc

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The Gerontology & Ageing MSc/MA, with pathways in Gerontology, Ageing & Society, and Public Policy & Ageing will build awareness of global perspectives on ageing and the lives of older people by drawing on the views and experience of a wide range of experts including geriatricians, clinicians, demographers, policy analysts and sociologists.
    Key Benefits
  • Taught by the Institute of Gerontology, one of the leading centres for the study of ageing. The Institute is in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, a unique, research-led, interdisciplinary social science department directed by internationally recognised scholars.

  • A highly flexible study course, drawing on a broad range of professional and disciplinary expertise, including geriatrics, demography, epidemiology, sociology and social policy.

  • We offer close links with, and regular speakers from, social policy and various 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, crossnational and comparative perspectives of ageing populations, the ageing process and older people in society throughout the course.

  • 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

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value 180 UK / 90 ECTS

Course leaders Dr Giorgio Di Gessa (giorgio.di_gessa@kcl.ac.uk)

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

Department Department of Global Health & Social Medicine



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Course detail


The Gerontology & Ageing courses offer flexibility with the choice to study either full or part-time. This interdisciplinary course is ideal for health professionals including geriatricians, psychiatrists, general practitioners, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

The course is also suited to graduates from the social and natural sciences, management, policy and politics, economics, law and the humanities.



Course format and assessment


The Gerontology & Ageing course offers three distinct pathways that allow students to develop expertise, critical analysis, independent judgement and communication skills in one of the following areas:

  • Gerontology
  • Ageing & Society
  • Public Policy & Ageing

There are four qualification options that can be studied from these three pathways MSc Gerontology & Ageing (Gerontology), MSc Gerontology & Ageing (Ageing & Society), MA Gerontology & Ageing (Ageing & Society) and MA Gerontology & Ageing (Public Policy & Ageing).

All course options are made up of required and optional teaching modules totalling up to a maximum of 200 credits (60 of which come from a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words).

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.

Per 15 credit module you can typically expect 15-20 hours of lectures, seminars and feedback.  This is usually 1.5-2 hours of lectures/seminars per week over a 10-week term. You can also expect around 135 hours of self-study.

For the dissertation module, you can typically expect 6 half-hour supervisory sessions and 3 two-hour workshops. In addition to this you can expect around 591 hours worth of self-study. 

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


The Department assesses students using a combination of essays, written examinations, oral presentations and the dissertation. The nature of assessment varies by module. The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules and students on this course normally take modules totalling a maximum of 200 credits.

King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant courses of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Required Modules
All Gerontology & Ageing students are required to take the following modules:
  • Dissertation in Gerontology (60 credits)
  • Population Ageing & Policy (30 credits)

In addition, students choosing the Gerontology* MSc pathway are required to take the following modules:

  • Ageing, Health & Society (30 credits)
  • Designing Quantitative Research for Social Science & Health (15 credits)
  • Quantitative Data Analysis (15 credits)
  • Designing Qualitative Research for Social Science & Health (15 credits)
  • Plus 15-35 credits of optional modules

* Students who already have the Diploma in Geriatric Medicine (from the Royal College of Physicians) are exempt from one-third of the course (and fees are reduced pro-rata). Students must take the Dissertation (60 credits) and 60 taught credits which must include either Population, Ageing & Policy or Ageing, Health & Society.

Students choosing the Ageing & Society MSc pathway must take the following required modules:

  • Ageing, Health & Society (30 credits)
  • Quantitative Research for Social Science & Health (15 credits)
  • Quantitative Data Analysis (15 credits)
  • Plus 30-50 credits of optional modules

Students on the Ageing & Society MA pathway are required to take the following modules:

  • Ageing, Health & Society (30 credits)
  • Critical Policy Research for Health & Medicine (15 credits)
  • Designing Qualitative Research for Social Science & Health (15 credits)
  • Plus 30-50 credits of optional modules

Students on the Public Policy & Ageing MA pathway are required to take the following modules:

  • Critical Policy Research for Health & Medicine (15 credits)
  • The Policy Process (20 credits)
  • Comparative Public Policy (20 credits)
  • Plus 35-55 credits of optional modules
Optional Modules

In addition, you may take credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Researching Vulnerable Populations (15 credits)
  • Biology of Ageing (15 credits) (students for the Gerontology MSc qualification only)
  • Data Manipulation & Management (15 credits)
  • Internship (20 credits)
  • Quantitative Data Analysis (15 credits)
  • Ageing in a Global Perspective (15 credits)

Entry requirements & how to apply

Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1

UK honours degree of 2:1 standard. If an applicant possesses an undergraduate degree below 2:1 standard, subsequent postgraduate qualifications may be taken into account.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies.

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:
Personal Statement Yes 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 with advanced interdisciplinary study.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional  Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.

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 Home/EU fees: £9,990 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £21,300 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £4995
  • Part time overseas fees: £10650

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Our graduates go on to pursue a range of careers including consultant positions in geriatric medicine and psychiatry, speciality healthcare roles with older people, and strategic positions influencing the lives of older people in government, policy and voluntary and non-government organisations.


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