University of the West of Scotland

University of the West of Scotland

Later Life Studies

The programme has a wide application including older people, carers and a range of health, social and third sector professionals who work with or support people in their later life years. It is designed to provide graduates from a range of disciplines with a rigorous education in the many complex health and social care issues affecting older people. The programme may be studied entirely online from anywhere in the world or based at Hamilton campus taking a blended learning approach.The course is designed to equip professionals with an in-depth knowledge and the critical perspective needed to plan, practice in partnership, manage and lead high-quality services and interventions for older people. The aim of the programme: develop an understanding of the impact of growing numbers of older people on health and social care systems, families and the labour market; understand the experiences of people as they age in different contexts and circumstances including marginalised, migrant and indigenous populations; develop a critical perspective of the assets and abilities of people as they age whilst understanding the importance of personalised interventions and approaches; develop cross cultural knowledge of later life issues in developing and developed countries; gain new research based perspectives on the provision of support in later life; develop leadership skills and confidence to implement services or strategies locally.

Entry requirements

The course is aimed at a range of professionals with relevant experience and interest in working with older people and/or people with dementia. The course will have particular appeal to health and social care professionals and third sector professionals. Applications are welcomed from graduates from all relevant disciplines with experience and or interest in later life care provision. Normally candidates will hold a first degree. Additionally candidates should have a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience. Students who have already gained an award of PG Certificate or PG Diploma in a related discipline may be eligible for credit transfer into the course. Prior learning and prior experiential learning may also be considered for entry.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 555 per Module (England) 3 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 555 per Module (Northern Ireland) 3 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 555 per Module (Scotland) 3 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 555 per Module (Wales) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Hamilton Campus Hamilton ML3 0JB Scotland

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