Ageing

MSc

  • Entry Year 2023
  • Duration Part time 24 Months

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 wellbeing 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.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in an appropriate subject, such as health/social care or related fields. Qualifications and/or experience considered by the University to be of an equivalent standard will also be considered.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

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

Core

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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. Not all optional modules are available every year.

Fees and Funding

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK n/a £5,250
International n/a £11,050

Scholarships and Bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course:

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate resarch you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

Studying by blended learning

The MSc in Ageing is offered part-time via blended learning. Teaching and research activities are carried out through a combination of face-to-face and online interaction, allowing you to undertake the majority of study from your own location whilst fulfilling your existing responsibilities. You will benefit from being part of a UK and internationally-based peer group working across a range of sectors.

Face-to-face interactions take place at an annual residential Autumn Academy while taught modules are delivered via distance learning using our virtual learning environment and include discussion forums, collaborative digital spaces and video conferencing. All students have access to a hub space that facilitates interaction with their cohort and with students on related programmes, creating a virtual information space that is also sociable. A academic tutor provides you with support for each step of your MSc.

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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.

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2023/2024 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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