MSc in Later Life Studies launched at University of the West of Scotland


University of West of Scotland-Care Industry News (300 x 283)University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is launching its new MSc in Later Life Studies which has been developed in response to the continued rise in the number of older people.

The course, which gets underway in September, has been 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.

Changing demographics have focused attention on later life on a global scale with rising numbers reflected internationally and bringing both opportunities and challenges. The positive aspects around the survival of so many into older age and their increasing role in development is tempered by the increasing numbers of frail and vulnerable older people.

This innovative, new course is suited to professionals in a range of health, social care and third sector roles working with people in their later life years.

The postgraduate programme will provide students with an understanding of the experiences of people as they age in different contexts and circumstances including marginalised, migrant and indigenous populations. It will develop students’ critical perspective of the assets and abilities of people as they age whilst understanding the importance of personalised interventions and approaches, as well as advance cross cultural knowledge of later life issues in developing and developed countries.

Programme Leader Professor Debbie Tolson is Director of Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Dementia Policy and Practice, a joint partnership between University of the West of Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland, which is based at the University’s Hamilton Campus.

Professor Tolson said: “Taking an integrated perspective, the course will challenge the current and next generation of practice, service and policy leaders and carers to make connections between aspects of later life, caring sciences, service planning and service management.

“The development of this course is hugely important and is rooted in the belief that knowledge must be applied and that care solutions must be relevant, achievable and mindful of the available resource if they are to be of benefit to older people, their families and the wider community.”

“This course will see a lot of engagement with relevant community groups and bodies and we are currently engaging with local older person’s group, Seniors Together who are keen to input into the course.”

Christine Calder, Manager of Seniors Together, said: “I would like to commend UWS for including older people in the development and delivery of this new, hugely important course.”

Anyone wishing further information regarding MSc Later Life Studies, which can studied entirely online or based at Hamilton Campus taking a blended learning approach, should visit


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