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MSc Ageing, Health and Wellbeing

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University of Salford
Health and Social care Faculty
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University of Salford, Salford, M6 6PU, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

This flexibile, Masters level course is aimed at anyone who wants to explore the issues relating to ageing, health and wellbeing. It will allow you to challenge ageist assumptions and take a fresh look at the situation of older people in today’s society.

With an ageing population that is set to increase in the future, there is a real need to develop individuals with with the critical and practical skills who can implement policy effectively and make a contribution to the lives of older people. This Masters course will enable you to do that.

Among other things, this postgraduate course allows you to take current policy drivers, deconstruct and analyse them and evaluate their impact on older people. It gets you to explore ageing and older people from a variety of different perspectives and uncover the myths and realities surrounding such issues as poverty in later life and dignity in care.

You will also be able to develop a deeper understanding of both national and international legislation and frameworks relating to ageing and older people.

What qualifications do I need?

Explore the major issues with an MSc Ageing, Health and Wellbeing

Through out the course you will be encouraged to develop the knowledge and practical skills that will be valuable in a leadership or management role, as well as the confidence to effect informed change that will have a real impact on the lives of older people.

The course explores the major issues facing an ageing population in the 21st Century and the most effective approaches to meet the needs of older people within your organisation. Our independent learning module allows you to explore an in depth issue that is relevant to you or your workplace.

The course provides a great opportunity to network with like-minded individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and forge relationships that will enable you be that will enable you be at the forefront of change in his important area.

Study Ageing, Health and Wellbeing from home

Because lectures and other events will be broadcast live you will have the choice to interact from the comfort of your own home or from the workplace. With this option to distance learn, the course provides the opportunity to fit Masters level study around your busy work and family life.

That means you can decide to attend lectures etc in person or take part online, with the chance to ask questions and participate in real time. You will also have the opportunity to watch a recording of each session if that is more convenient.

Why study Ageing, Health and Wellbeing at Salford?

We have an excellent reputation of leading non-standard students through the rigours of a Masters degree, providing the support you need to succeed and go onto make a real difference to the world around you.

Our staff believe passionately in the rights of older people. Course leader Stephen Pugh is a trustee of Age Concern Salford and Independent Chair of Salford's multi-agency adult safeguarding executive committee.

"I write, research and teach on issues related to older LGBT people. I've undertaken research related to the experiences of older black people and service provsion and have done work for the Welsh Assembly Government exploring services that are available for older people to support them in their own homes."

Leading edge seminars on ageing and older people

An additional benefit of studying Ageing, Health and Wellbeing at Salford means you will have access to our seminar series which runs every year, attracting internationally respected speakers such as:

  • Chris Phillipson, Professor of Applied Social Studies and Social Gerontology at Keele University
  • Mervyn Eastman, Director of the Better Government for Older People
  • Juliet Corbin, lecturer at San Jose State University, School of Nursing, USA, and Adjunct Professor at the International Institute for Qualitative Research, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Bill Bytheway, Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Health and Social Care, at Leeds University

What will I learn?

The Ageing, Health and Wellbeing course can be taken part-time over three years or full-time over one. All modules can be taken as stand-alone courses for the purposes of continuing professional development. Depending on the number of credits you accrue, you can exit with either a PgCert, PgDip or full masters:

Ageing in the 21st Century (30 credits): This module covers a wide range of issues such as ageing and demography, identity, lifestyle and gerontological theory.

Promoting Health and Wellbeing in Later Life (30 credits): This module looks at everything we associate with health, ill health and wellbeing both nationally and internationally, including the impact of ageism.

Independent Learning - Older People (30 credits): This module allows you to explore an in depth issue that is relevant to you or your workplace.

Research Methods (30 credits): Develops a rigorous approach to the process of research and prepares you to complete a dissertation/research project

Dissertation (60 credits): The dissertation module gives you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth, evidence based exploration of a key area relevant to your own practice and is needed to graduate with a full Masters.


The course allows for a variety of assessments, depending on the module you will be undertaking, and can include:

  • Written assignments
  • Case study
  • Project report

International Students

How society deals with an ageing population is a global issue and a Masters in Ageing, Health and Wellbeing will be relevant to a wide range of international health professionals.

The University of Salford has a great reputation for providing a friendly and challenging environment in which to develop. You can study full-time at the University or study online on a part-time basis.

For more information about the support we provide, visit our international section.

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