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Ageing Health and Disease

These blended-learning modules offer Continuing Professional Development (CPD) education to professionals, from a range of health and social care settings the opportunity to explore the complex health and social needs of older people living in today’s society.

All modules can be studied individually as part of your continuing professional development portfolio as part of the MSc Ageing Health and Disease.

Each standalone 20 credit Level 7 module starts with a face-to-face study block of up to five days, followed by a period of directed and self-directed study, and concludes with a face-to-face consolidation block of up to two days. The teaching blocks take place in Cardiff at the University Hospital of Wales.

Please refer to the course pages for full details of each of the modules.

This module provides an overview of key biological, social, ethical, demographic, economic, and psycho-social aspects of ageing together with an assessment of their relevance and the implications for work with older people. Assessment is both formative (peer review, MCQs) and summative (3000 word written assignment).

Module dates

10 September 2018 - 12 November 2018

Face-to-face dates

10-14 September 2018 - 29 October 2018

The module will offer you the opportunity to explore the influence of normal and abnormal health on pathological process and disease presentation. It will also enable you to develop an understanding of some of the common physical and mental illnesses encountered in older individuals. Assessment is both formative (peer review, MCQs) and summative (4000 word written assignment).

Module dates

29 April 2019 - 26 June 2019

Face-to-face dates

29 April 2019 - 2 May 2019 and 17 June 2019

This module offers you opportunities to consider how the particular needs of older people can be met across the range of service/care sectors.  The content includes the different factors (historical, social, political, ideological) that have influenced care provision for older people. Assessment is both formative (oral presentation) and summative (online group working, production of a patient information leaflet, oral presentation on leadership skills, platform presentation (and associated written abstract) on the topic of the organisation and delivery of care).

Module dates

8 January 2019 - 8 March 2019

Face-to-face dates

8-11 January 2019 and 1 February 2019

This module explores the principles of research design and the methodologies used in clinical and health service research. Assessment is both formative (peer review, critical appraisal) and summative (formulating your own research protocol, consent form and information sheet).

Module dates

21 January 2019 - 21 March 2019

Face-to-face dates

21-24 January 2019 and 5-6 March 2019

The module will offer you the opportunity to explore the assessment, management and evaluation of people affected by stroke and understand the implications for, and management of, the resulting disability and handicap. Assessment is both formative (oral presentation, MCQs) and summative (3000 word written assignment).

Module dates

6 November 2018 - 19 December 2018

Face-to-face dates

6-9 November 2018 and 10 December 2018

This module will explore the scientific and clinical background to neurodegenerative disorders in older people (Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, but also less common dementing and movement disorders) and consider some practical issues related to comprehensive management. Assessment is both formative (oral presentation, MCQs) and summative (4000 word written assignment).

Modules dates

11 December 2018 - 15 March 2019

Face-to-face dates

11-14 December 2018 - 7 January 2019

This module explores the assessment, management and evaluation of problems associated with bone, joints, falls and frailty. Assessment is both formative (oral presentation, MCQs) and summative (4000 word written assignment).

Module dates

21 May 2019 - 25 June 2019

Face-to-face dates

20-23 May 2019 and 18 June 2019

Entry requirements

In addition to satisfying the University’s minimum entry requirements, including English language requirements, applicants must:

  • hold a qualification in a medicine, nursing, or an allied profession (e.g. physiotherapy, dietetics, occupational therapy, social services and other professionals and managers who work with older people)
  • be currently working in a relevant area

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements should contact the Postgraduate Taught Admissions Team, School of Medicine for advice.

How to apply

Download a postgraduate application form and all related forms, such as the referee template.

On your application form ensure that you quote the module number, the module name, and the intake date you are applying for.

Send your documents to the Postgraduate Taught Admissions Team, School of Medicine for processing: pgtmedadmissions@cardiff.ac.uk

Funding and fees

Please check our fees pages for tuition fees for these programmes.

We reserve the right to cancel the delivery of a standalone module. This could happen if a course is under-subscribed or if there is a change in circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have minimum student numbers required before they can run. This is to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered. When this happens we will issue a full or partial refund depending on whether any classes took place.

Postgraduate Taught Admissions Team

School of Medicine