Gerontology is the study of ageing at the individual and societal levels. It examines the changes humans undergo as they age, as well as the impact of growing proportions of older people on social institutions, labour markets, welfare systems and families. It investigates the relationships between generations and the interconnections between our older and younger selves. Insights are taken from social policy, demography, sociology, biology, healthcare sciences, psychology and economics. Gerontology is thus a fundamentally interdisciplinary subject which leads to a fascinating variety of careers.
This programme will provide you with:
critical appreciation of key theoretical perspectives in gerontology and their application to the analysis of issues concerning ageing and the life course
understanding of contemporary debates in gerontology surrounding the lives of older people, their families and societies in developed and developing countries
the ability to evaluate policies and initiatives concerning population ageing, welfare provision and quality of life of older people, their families and carers
competence in qualitative and quantitative research methods and their application to key research questions
the ability to design and conduct independent research in gerontology using appropriate research methods
preparation for a career in the field of gerontology and applied health and social sciences
University of Southampton
International Student Requirements:
All students must satisfy the University's English language requirements. US students who have been taught and assessed in English students can be made exempt.