The ageing person: society, body and mind (masters level)

Key features

This 20 credit masters-level module will enhance your professional knowledge and understanding of how the body and mind changes through the ageing process, looking at the direct and indirect influences that the ageing process has on the health and wellbeing of the individual. 

You will also engage with current policy and practice debates to some of the challenges and opportunities associated with ageing within our society and gain the ability to apply your knowledge to inform specialist care for the older person.

Course details

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • critically apply national and international policies which currently influence the older population and the impact this has on their relationship to society
  • demonstrate an understanding of normal ageing and the changes that this brings for the older person, socially, mentally and physically
  • critically evaluate the interaction between the older person and society
  • explore the synergy between the needs of an ageing mind and body and the influence this has on mental and physical health and wellbeing
  • critically engage in the current debates surrounding longevity and the influence that these have on societal behaviours.


The assessment for this module is in two parts:

1. the production of a short information booklet

2. a critical evaluation

(Please note that these assessment details are provisional - if you require further information please contact the module lead or the Professional Development Unit).

Module dates

The taught dates for this module are 23 and 24 April and 14 and 15 May 2019.

(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers – for further information please contact the Professional Development Unit.

This module can be studied as a standalone module or as an optional module towards some of our MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways - please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on this module:

  • you must be a registered health and social care professional or a health and social care worker who has previously studied to graduate level to study the module at masters level.

Each student will be considered and advised individually (where required) by the programme team and Professional Development Unit. Please contact the PDU or programme lead if you have any queries regarding your situation.

Fees and funding


Please see our professional development module fees page.


Funding for this module may be available through your employing trust. To apply please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.