Ageing, Health and Disease (MSc-PgDip-PgCert)

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  • Objectives
    This course offers an opportunity for health and social care professionals to explore the complex health and social needs of older people living in today’s society. The course aims to provide students with opportunities to develop broad-based knowledge and skills in this area by offering high-quality, integrated, multidisciplinary education in the field of ageing, health and disease.

    The multidisciplinary programme is designed to meet some of the training requirements resulting from the recent changes in the NHS, including the Agenda for Change, the National Service Framework for Older People and the Higher Specialist Training Programme for Doctors. It also aims to provide a platform on which to develop higher research degree programmes. Training in research design and techniques is also given.

    On completion, students will have developed the knowledge base and competencies required to provide high quality health and social care for older people. They will also gain the skills required to teach and train.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements:
    This course is suitable for both UK and overseas graduates in medicine, nursing and allied professions, e.g. physiotherapy, dietetics, occupational therapy, social services and other professionals and managers who work with older people. All students must satisfy the Cardiff University requirements for entry to postgraduate courses.

    The selection of applicants is on the basis of interviews after short-listing by the course director. The criteria for entry are as follows:

    A good Honours degree, usually at second class Honours level or above, or a non-UK qualification recognised by the University as being equivalent to this.
    Work as an employee, or in a voluntary position, of relevance to the course
    Proven competence in English where necessary e.g. an overall score of 6.5 in the IETLS test or a grade of 580 in the TOEFL test (237 computer-based test). Tests or examinations must have been taken no more than three years before the proposed date of entry to the University
    We may also admit non-graduates whose lack of formal qualifications are compensated for relevant professional experience
  • Academic title
    Ageing, Health and Disease (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)
  • Course description
    Course Description:
    As health and social care professionals, students have a wealth of experience and skills that will be shared as a resource throughout the course. Each module will define aims and set learning outcomes related to the module content. However, as participants on the course students will be encouraged to identify their own learning needs and structure their study accordingly. The modular curriculum has been specifically designed to allow participants the flexibility to meet individual requirements. Personal tutors will be assigned to help students achieve this.

    The course can be studied full-time over one year or part-time over two years and starts in September of each year. Part-time students may opt to study for only one year and receive a Postgraduate Certificate. In addition to the taught modules, MSc students also undertake a dissertation.  (Dissertation fee for 2008/9 - £370).

    Module Information

    There are nine modules. The first five are compulsory followed by a choice of three from the remaining four.


    -Ageing, Health & Disease
    -Research Methods
    -Ageing, Health & Society
    -Physical and Mental Health & Age


    -The Organisation and Delivery of Care
    -Therapeutics in Older People
    -Neurodegenerative Disease
    -Bone Health & Falls

    Special Features:
    -Participants are from a variety of professions and disciplines, and the group size and composition is designed to create optimal interaction
    -The modular nature of the course encourages both application and reflection, and our teaching methods develop participants’ skills in problem-solving and critical analysis
    -The MSc in Ageing, Health and Disease was awarded a grant by the Welsh Assembly Government in view of its innovative and multidisciplinary nature

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