Taught course

Public Policy and Ageing (pathway of Gerontology & Ageing

King's College London · Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy

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Entry requirements

Candidates should have a upper second class (2:1) honours degree. 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. Relevant professional qualifications will be taken into account.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme aims to

(i) deliver an interdisciplinary, advanced education in Gerontology and Ageing through three distinct programme pathways that allow students to develop expertise, critical analysis, independent judgement and communication skills in one of the following areas:

  • Gerontology
  • Ageing and Society
  • Public Policy and Ageing

(ii) develop students' substantive and theoretical understanding of the field of Gerontology and Ageing, along with specific programme pathway knowledge, and their ability to apply this understanding to issues confronted outside of the classroom

(iii) develop students' competence in, and ability to apply, qualitative and/or quantitative research methods in the field, including the critical appraisal of methods, application of methods to research questions, the collection or sourcing of appropriate data, and the analysis, interpretation and communication of findings

(iv) foster a research-led learning environment and provide an open and supportive learning environment where students can draw on their experiences and relate them to the substantive, theoretical or methodological material at hand

(v) foster the capacity for critical analysis, independent judgement and communication at a level commensurate with taught postgraduate study.

Key benefits

  • Taught by faculty in the Institute of Gerontology, one of the leading centres for the study of aging. The Institute is located in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, 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, including geriatrics, demography, sociology and social policy.
  • 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, crossnational and comparative perspectives of ageing populations, the ageing process and older people in society.
  • 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).

Information for international students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    14 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Giorgio Di Gessa