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Life Transitions (MSc - Postgraduate Diploma - Postgraduate Certificate)

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  • Objectives
    This interdisciplinary programme aims to improve your understanding of the processes of adult life from mid-life onwards, and of the impact of social change on the life course of individuals. It will develop your ability to analyse issues from the perspectives of psychology, history, sociology, social anthropology and social policy. The programme is relevant for professional people working with adults, whether in public, private or voluntary settings, and for anyone with a personal interest in life course transitions in adulthood. As a student, you will improve your skills in critical analysis and written presentation, working with others, as well as independently, and in solving relevant tasks.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Good degree in a relevant subject, but alternative or relevant professional qualifications and work experience may be considered. Applicants without a degree may be considered for the Postgraduate Certificate in the first instance.
  • Academic Title
    Life Transitions (MSc / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate)
  • Course description
    Two core modules:

    -Changing Societies, Changing Lives (30 credits)
    -Adult Lives in Transition (30 credits).


    -Gender and the Balance of Life (30 credits)
    -Health and Quality of Life: Trends and Policies (30 credits)
    -Longitudinal Research (15 credits)
    -Doing Life History Research (15 credits).

    Further options will also be available.

    For the PgCert (60 credits): take at least one core module (30 credits), plus additional module(s) amounting to 30 credits.

    For the PgDip (120 credits): take two core modules (60 credits), plus options amounting to 60 credits.

    For the MSc (180 credits): as for the Diploma, plus a 12,000-word dissertation (60 credits).

    Classes are held in the evening and on occasional Saturdays. The course is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, group work and presentations, with a wide range of visiting speakers. Active student participation is encouraged.

    All modules are assessed by coursework. The total amount of coursework required for each module is 5000 words, including essays, project work and reports.

    In addition, the MSc entails writing a dissertation of 12,000 words on a relevant topic of your choice.

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