Postgraduate

Clinical Health Sciences Ageing MSc PGDip PGCert

Clinical and Health Sciences with Ageing MSc, PGDip, PGCert

MSc - 24 months min up to 60 months max
PGDip - 12 months min up to 48 months max
PGCert - 12 months min up to 24 months max
CPD modules available

Profile

Our online course enables you to tailor your educational needs to your professional interests. Designed for busy professionals, it offers a flexible, bespoke way for you to expand your knowledge of the mechanisms of ageing, age-related disease and research.

Changing demographics have led to an increasing older population. This has resulted in a greater need to understand the mechanisms of ageing and age-related disease, to undertake research with older people and to prescribe appropriately.

The course is aimed at clinicians, allied health professionals and scientists with a particular interest in ageing. Knowledge gained from this course will help you to understand the needs of older people, and further, to identify research opportunities to improve the health and well-being of the ageing population.

This innovative course is ideal if you already have a primary qualification (eg MBBS, BDS, BSc) and are working in the fields of health or life sciences. It has been developed to provide a flexible approach, making it sustainable and compatible with professional career pathways whilst addressing the needs of a modern health service.

Rhonda, graduate:

Fantastic module which allowed me the opportunity to study at my own pace whilst working a full time job as a doctor.  

The e-learning course has been developed by Newcastle University, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the NIHR Newcastle Training School as part of the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre in Ageing and Chronic Disease.

You will be taught by staff with experience and expertise in clinical and health sciences and ageing, such as Dr Ellen Tullo and Dr Catherine Dotchin.

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Delivery  

The course is taught online, so you can choose to study anytime and anywhere. This flexibility means that you can fit your studies around your other commitments, plus develop your online literacy as a transferable skill.

You can pick from over 30 modules in a diverse range of subjects to create your own bespoke course of study. You can choose to complete a single module for continuing professional development (CPD) through to a full masters. You can work at your own pace in your own environment.

For each module you will receive direction and support from your module leader. We will encourage you to get to know your fellow students and support each other in your studies. One of our aims is for you to develop academic networks and relationships that will continue after graduation.

Eugene, current student:

The diversity of the material covered provided strong grounding for those interested in ageing research.

All of our modules are delivered through Blackboard, our managed learning environment. Blackboard is accessible across a variety of operating systems and browsers. Our materials and supporting reading are accessible across a variety of devices including desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones. You will be given Blackboard email address and an account to use the system. 

IT support

As this course is online, you should feel comfortable using the internet and networking online. You don't have to be a technical expert to study this course. We'll give you an online induction before you start. This will show you the different interactive tools you will use during your studies. These include:

  • discussion boards
  • reflective journals
  • blogs
  • collaborative learning spaces, eg wikis

IT requirements

No campus attendance is needed, but you must have reliable access to the following:

  • computer
  • the Internet
  • webcam
  • headset
  • printer

Recommended specifications:

  • operating system: Windows 7 and above (32 and 64 bit) or Mac OSX 10.6 and above
  • processor: Intel Pentium, Intel Celeron, Intel i3, Intel i5, Intel i7, or recent AMD processor
  • RAM: At least 2GB
  • connectivity: broadband or mobile broadband
  • screen resolution: at least 1024 x 768 px

A sample of job titles our graduates now hold

Clinical Trials Team Leader, Biomedical Scientist, Transplant Nurse Specialist

A sample of employers our graduates now work for

NHS, Sele Medical Practice, University College London Hospital

Data based on responses from 57 UK, EU and International postgraduate leavers (2011/12, 2012/13) studying medicine and Surgery. See more about what our graduates do.

Related Degrees

All related programmes

Modules

Our flexible course allows you to decide a route that suits your needs. The award you receive depends on the number of credits you choose to study. To specialise in ageing, you need to select a certain number of ageing-specific credits:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert): 60 credits including 20 in ageing
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip): 120 credits including 40 in ageing
  • Master of Science (MSc): 180 credits including 40 in ageing and an ageing-specific dissertation

Most of our modules are 10-12 weeks long. Our online modules are split between 10 and 20 credit modules and require 10-20 hours of work per week. You should set aside regular study hours to get the most out of the course. There are three semesters in the academic year and in each semester you can study:

  • a minimum of 10 credits (unless you take a formal leave of absence)
  • a maximum of 40 credits.

To help plan your study, each module details which semester it is taught in. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1: September
  • Semester 2: January
  • Semester 3: April

You can read more about how to apply for one of 30 individual modules listed below, as continuing professional development (CPD).

Modules for 2017 entry

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

Fees & Funding

2017-2018 fees

If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

We offer flexible payment options. You can choose to:

  • pay per module at the start of each semester
  • pay annually
  • pay for the whole course upfront

You can pay modular fees for the PGCert, PGDip and MSc.

You can read more about our tuition fees and discounts available.

Tuition fees for 2018-19 have not yet been confirmed.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2017 and 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Entry Requirements

honours degree, or international equivalent, in a healthcare profession or relevant discipline. You must also be working in the healthcare profession or related field.

You must be IT literate to complete these highly interactive courses online and have access to a computer with a:

  • printer
  • webcam
  • headset
  • reliable internet connection

Your browser will need to be JavaScript enabled and able to accept cookies. You will be given access to any specific software required during the course of your studies.

We will also consider applications on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and are working in the healthcare profession or related field.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 7.0 in writing and reading and 6.5 in speaking and listening)

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

How to Apply

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

When you make your online application, you will need to select your academic year of study on the 'Programme of Study' page.

  • if you are applying for September 2017, select 2017/18 in the Academic Year field.

You will then need to insert one of the following course codes

  • 5260P - Clinical and Health Sciences with Ageing, MSc
  • 3480P - Clinical and Health Sciences with Ageing, PGDip
  • 3109P - Clinical and Health Sciences with Ageing, PGCert
  • 6047P - CPD module

If you are applying for a CPD module you should apply on the CPD programme (6047P) and please include the module name and code you wish to study in your personal statement, eg 'I would like to study the CPD Biology of Ageing module (CHS 8008)'.

Contact

Dr Jenny Yeo
Degree Programme Director
Medical Sciences Graduate School
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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7032
Email: pgclinhealth@ncl.ac.uk

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