Ageing MSc - 2021 Entry

Entry Year
2021

Duration
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.

    Core

    Core

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

Fees

 

 

Full Time (per year)Part Time (per year)
UK n/a £4,720
International  n/a £9,970

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.

Fees for EU applicants

The UK government has announced that students who will begin their course in 2021 will no longer be eligible to receive the same fee status and financial support entitlement as UK students. This also applies to those who have deferred entry until 2021. Lancaster University has confirmed that students from EU Member States in 2021-22 and later, will now be charged the same tuition fees as other non-UK students.

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 or international 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 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.

Blended Learning
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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.