Taught course

Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing (Online)

University of Stirling · Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applications without these formal qualifications but with significant relevant work/life experience or interest in this topic are welcome to contact the Course Director to discuss further. IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill.

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

How can over a billion people age well across the world? Global ageing is a relatively new phenomenon with the number of people in any other age group putting pressure on all sectors of society. The core theme of this online postgraduate course is to bring together two perspectives on ageing: the positive view of healthy, successful and active ageing, and the negative view of illness, vulnerability, disability and frailty. Throughout the programme, the intersectionality of ageing with disability, gender, ethnicity, race and sexual identity are recurring themes with students engaging in contemporary discussion around the lives of older people and their families in a range of social contexts.

Core modules have been developed for students who would like to specialise in this fast-growing sector. This enables critical awareness of strategies, supports and interventions that facilitate ageing with complex multi-morbidities, frailty and dementia.

Our mission is to strive for excellence in teaching and research that will equip the current and future generation of professionals and carers with expertise in supporting ageing populations.

This course is for you if you have identified the need to make an evidence-informed difference in practice and service delivery with older people.

During the course students are supported to:

• develop an advanced understanding of social gerontology and approaches to ageing from a range of perspectives;

• critically analyse research and policy on key social gerontological and ageing issues;

• demonstrate awareness of international best practice and interventions that facilitate positive ageing with complex co-morbidities, frailty and dementia;

• become a critical thinker who can reflect on the experiences of older persons globally and apply to a local context;

• develop knowledge and skills in digital learning and collaboration.

The course is international and online. You can study from the comfort of your own home and interact with students from all over the world. You will be supported to reflect on positive change in your area of expertise based on current research and evidence. To achieve this, the course incorporates the experience of the older person and their families, clinical and social care/social work staff who provide support, and eminent researchers in the field of ageing, disability and gerontology.

Fees and funding

Details of tuition fees within the University are found at:


Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Karen Watchman
+44 (0)1786 466387