Taught course

Later Life Studies

University of the West of Scotland · School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

The programme is aimed at a range of professionals with relevant experience and interest in working with older people and/or people with dementia. The programme will have particular appeal to health and social care professionals and third sector professionals. Applications are welcomed from graduates from all relevant disciplines with experience and or interest in later life care provision. Normally candidates will hold a first degree. In addition candidates should have a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience. Students who have already gained credit at Level 11 mat transfer this in certain circumstances; this will be considered on an individual basis Prior learning and prior experiential learning may also be considered

Months of entry


Course content

Designed for health, social care and third sector professionals working with people in their later life years, this programme can also be studied online, offering flexibility for students in employment or a caring role.

About the programme UWS will provide graduates from various disciplines with a rigorous education in the many complex health and social care issues affecting older people. It will equip professionals with an in-depth knowledge and the critical perspective necessary to plan, practicein partnership, manage and lead high-quality services and interventions for older people and people with dementia. The programme’s integrated perspective helps to challenge the sector’s next generation of leaders to make connections between the biopsychosocial aspects of later life, caring sciences, implementation sciences, service management and economics.

Your learning The course has three parts: Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) Includes an overview and introduction to the key aspects of later life, including physical, psychological, social, political, and relationship issues. Core modules are Understanding Later Life, Research in Health and Social Care, and Frailty in Later Life. You will be introduced to research at this stage.

Postgraduate Diploma (60 credits)

The core Independent Study module is the foundation for the Masters dissertation year. Option modules currently available are Dementia Care Principles, Delivering Compassionate Care and Complexities of Pain.

MSc (180 credits) You will complete a supervised dissertation (worth 60 credits) in a subject relevant to adults in later life.

Our Careers Adviser says This programme will prepare experienced professionals to embrace the challenges of autonomous practice, decision-making and leadership necessary for this important sector. It is recognised that advanced and specialised knowledge is needed to support the increasingly blended and integrated roles that professionals will adopt in supporting older people. Current students include occupational therapists, integrated discharge facilitators, care home and assistant care home.

Information for international students

For more information please visit - www.uws.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

For more information please visit - www.uws.ac.uk/fundingadvice

Qualification and course duration


part time
36-60 months

Course contact details

Raymond Duffy
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)