Why study ageing at Swansea?
Ageing is a theme which cuts across business, industry, the public sector and the economy in general. Globally, there is a requirement to develop skills ahead of need.
In the 2011 census 16 per cent of the UK population was aged 65 or over – an increase of around a million people since the previous census in 2001. This trend is projected to continue. By 2033, 23% of the population will be aged 65 and over compared to 18% aged 16 or younger. The fastest population increase has been in the number of those aged 85 and over, the 'oldest old'.
Longevity, however, is only part of the story and there is a growing focus on what makes a good old age. Gerontology and Ageing Studies at Swansea takes a holistic approach. It shifts the central focus from the medical model of ageing, to one that encompasses a range of disciplines including psychology, sociology and demography, viewing ageing more positively. Gerontology and Ageing Studies brings together a unique blend of policy, practice and academic rigour to put our students at the forefront of current developments.
The Centre for Innovative Ageing is designated as a Centre of Excellence for both teaching and research under the IAGG’s Global Ageing Research Network scheme, meaning that we are one of the leading centres in the UK and at the forefront of international research. As the only Centre of its kind in Wales, we have direct links with the Welsh Government and our research has been influential in policy development. We offer both taught and research postgraduate degrees which prepare students and researchers for:
- working with older people
- managing and delivering services for older people
- designing or manufacturing products for an ageing population
- joining the scientific research community
Taught postgraduate courses
The MSc in Gerontology and Ageing Studies normally takes one year full-time, including a dissertation, while for part-time students the teaching is spread over two years with the option to take a further year for the dissertation. The taught element of the course is also offered without the dissertation option, leading to a Postgraduate Diploma. A shorter Postgraduate Certificate is also available, enabling students to study specific modules, perhaps to suit the needs of employers.
The CIA’s international profile also enables us to offer an MSc in International Gerontology and Ageing Studies, which is delivered over 18 months with an opportunity (subject to a competitive process) to study abroad in Canada during the second year.
Postgraduate research degrees
We offer opportunities to carry out original research in the field of ageing, supervised by experts with international reputations. We are keen to hear from PhD candidates whose research interests are aligned with those of staff in the Centre and its overall mission.
The CIA leads the way in research on the civic and social engagement and participation of older people, and the disruption of this engagement by personal and structural factors. Our interests also encompass the influence the natural and built–up environment has on the ageing population, and care provision for the older person across such areas as social care, health care, residential care, palliative care and chronic conditions.
Recently completed PhDs have included research into loneliness and social isolation, the role of information and communication technology to support ageing in place, multidisciplinary working between health and social care professionals and social exclusion in rural communities.
Find out more about our Current PhD Researchers.