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Global Ageing, Health and Policy Intercalated BSc

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Overview

The Global Ageing, Health and Policy iBSc course is a multidisciplinary course aimed at training students in critical areas of policy affecting older people and ageing societies globally. It examines global ageing through the lens of public policy, demography, economics and health science. The course will examine the challenges that ageing populations pose to societies worldwide, from both medical and social science perspectives.

For more information, including details on how to apply, see our Intercalated BSc pages.

 

    Key Benefits
  • You will develop a thorough understanding of the concept of ageing, and its implications for public policies worldwide.

  • You will explore current trends and cutting- edge research on global ageing and older people, working alongside international experts at a leading research institution.

  • Members of the Institute of Gerontology at King’s include world-renowned experts in a number of research fields including demography, economics, social policy and health.

  • You will study specialist, advanced texts, policy documents and critiques as well as individual research articles and research reviews.

Key information

UCAS code Apply direct to King's

Duration One year

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Department Department of Global Health & Social Medicine Institute of Gerontology

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Description

While global aging represents a triumph of medical, social, and economic advances over disease, it also presents tremendous challenges.  Establishing a suitable welfare and long-term care system has become a pressing policy concern for governments around the world.

King’s Institute of Gerontology is a world leading research and education centre on ageing and older people.  The iBSc in Global Ageing, Health and Policy will enrich your medical education by offering you a comprehensive perspective of how ageing affects individuals, families and governments, and how healthcare and social policies can contribute to healthy ageing worldwide.

The course is taught by world-renowned experts on the clinical and social dimensions of ageing, as well as the health and social care policies affecting ageing societies globally.

This one-year programme comprises two 30-credit taught modules, two 15-credit taught modules and a 30-credit dissertation. Optional modules include principles of epidemiology and the biology of ageing.

Under the direct supervision of a member of staff at the Institute of Gerontology, the dissertation will help you develop the capacity to conduct research through critical and systematic enquiry related to global ageing, health and policy. In earlier years, dissertations focused on a wide range of areas including health policy, long-term care for older people, the implications of ageing for work and families, and disability and pension policy for older age.

We will be awarding two student prizes each year. These are:

  • The Institute of Gerontology Prize for the best overall performance in the Intercalated BSc Global Ageing, Health and Policy.

  • The Institute of Gerontology Prize for the best student research project in the Intercalated. BSc Global Ageing, Health and Policy.

Teaching

The following table gives an idea of the contact and self-study time allocation you might expect from a typical academic year:

Module

Lectures

Seminars & tutorials

Private study

Workshop (hours)

Ageing: a Global Perspective

20 hours

-

120 hours

-

Population Ageing & Policy

30 hours

10 hours

259 hours

-

Ageing, Health & Society

30 hours

10 hours

259 hours

-

Principles of Epidemiology

20 hours

20 hours

112 hours

-

Gerontology Research Project

-

5 hours

281 hours

6 hours

Biology of Ageing 

31 hours

4 hours

115 hours

-

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.  You will study 120 credits during the academic year, which equates to 1,200 theoretical hours of learning.


Assessment

The primary methods of assessment for this course are assessed essays, coursework, oral presentations, examinations and dissertations.

Module

Examinations

Essays/Reports/

Dissertations

Presentations/

Orals/ Vivas

Other types of In Course Assessment

Ageing: a Global Perspective 

-

100%

-

-

Population Ageing & Policy

50%

35%

15%

-

Ageing, Health & Society

50%

35%

15%

-

Principles of Epidemiology

80%

-

-

20%

Gerontology Research Project

-

70%

10%

20%

Biology of Ageing

80%

20%

-

-

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by Office for Students.

Location

The majority of learning for this degree takes place at the King’s College London Strand Campus, Guy’s Campus, St Thomas’ Campus and Waterloo Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

See our full list of intercalated courses here.

For details of how to apply click here.

Structure

Year 1

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

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules: 

  • Ageing: a Global Perspective (15 credits)
  • Population Ageing & Policy (30 credits)
  • Ageing, Health & Society (30 credits)
  • Gerontology Research Project (30 credits)
Optional Modules

You can choose one optional module from:

  • Principles of Epidemiology (15 credits)
  • Biology of Ageing (15 credits)

Entry requirements

 

Further information and other requirements

Please see the Intercalated BSc Entry Requirements page or email the course leader Dr Wei Yang (wei.yang@kcl.ac.uk)

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline

King's students:  18th February 2019   
Non-King's students: 4th March 2019   

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) 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.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is £18,900 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • College approved calculator for exams (Casio fx83 or fx85)
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Please see the Intercalated BSc Fees & Funding page.

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.


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