Ageing MSc - 2020 Entry

Entry Year

Part time 24 Month(s)

Course Overview

This part-time and flexible Masters degree is led by the research-active academics based in our prestigious Division of Health Research. Our high-quality research has national and international impact on health and well-being policy. This is your chance to make an original contribution to knowledge development in the field of ageing.

The course is designed with you in mind, supporting you at your own location to balance work with your existing responsibilities. Our innovative approach combines distance and face-to-face learning to help you gain critical insights into ageing and develop your understanding of research design, practice and dissemination. Your personal academic tutor and dissertation supervisor will support you at every step.

You'll advance your knowledge and critical understanding of theory, research, policy and practice in ageing. Through your work you'll foster critical approaches to the review of evidence, enhance your research skills, and improve your written and oral presentation skills. Finally you'll have the opportunity to complete a research project and 10,000 word dissertation which will reflect your own interest and professional practice.

This Masters degree can lead to a host of broad employment options, as well as an application for practitioner courses. You'll learn up-to-date research techniques throughout the course to enhance your skills and provide you with knowledge that extends beyond a single discipline, ensuring that you complete your studies a highly employable professional.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.



Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.





Full Time (per year)Part Time (per year)
UK/EU N/A £4,460
Overseas N/A £9,400

The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

What are tuition fees for?

Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

What support is available towards tuition fees?

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.

Related courses

Studying by blended learning

The MSc in Ageing is delivered by blended learning, which includes a compulsory autumn induction academy, an optional second-year academy on-site at Lancaster University and four taught modules via e-learning at your own location. You will participate in lectures, workshops, group discussions and individual activities during each academy, while our distance learning approach combines live and interactive lectures, elements to be worked through autonomously, webinars and online collaboration, and group work.

You will benefit from being part of a UK and internationally-based peer group. Fellow students currently working in relevant fields may include: academics in other institutions, health and social care professionals, public health practitioners, and those with roles in non-governmental agencies.

An academic tutor and a dissertation supervisor will provide you with support for each step of your MSc, and you’ll have access to a hub space that facilitates interaction with your cohort and with other programmes in order to create a virtual information space that’s also sociable.

You will be affiliated to the Lancaster Centre for Ageing Research and have the opportunity to engage with the activities of the centre.

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Course structure

The programme begins with a three-day induction academy at Lancaster University, followed by four online taught modules.

Year 1 will provide you with a theoretical and practical approach to research and a general grounding in research methods. The modules studied in Year 1 are: Ageing: Theory and Research; Data Analysis; Theory, Methods and Choices. Within them, you will consider current issues in undertaking research, research ethics, the ethical consequences of different research designs and research in different populations, and Ethical approval and Governance procedures. You will also develop your technical skills in writing research proposals and using qualitative and quantitative research methods.

The core ageing module provides students with an understanding of how ageing and later life are related to demographic, social, economic, political, and environmental factors. The module is composed of weekly teaching that covers concepts, theories, practice, research methods and policy implications of contemporary issues in ageing, in combination with a range of independent and collaborative learning activities.

Year 2 sees you take a more focused approach to the study of ageing through a single, compulsory module before completing your data analysis/dissertation - the principle and outline of which will be agreed in Year 1. Your dissertation will comprise a systematic review (either quantitative or qualitative) of a secondary data set analysis, or, of primary data (where data has already been collected as part of a larger, approved project). Reviewing an area relevant to your studies, the analysis/dissertation will not be a piece of primary research, or research that needs new ethical approval.

The Division of Health Research

The Division of Health Research have been offering blended learning postgraduate programmes since 2010. We have many successful graduates and currently around 200 continuing students on a range of programmes who have benefited in progressing their careers from the high quality postgraduate education we provide.