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.
Fantastic module which allowed me the opportunity to study at my own pace whilst working a full time job as a doctor.
These courses have 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.
Modules are 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 digital literacy skills.
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 virtual 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.
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 online. 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
- collaborative learning spaces, eg wikis
No campus attendance is needed, but you must have reliable access to the following:
- the Internet
- 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.
Your first task will be to complete a short induction module before studying between 10 and 40 credits per semester. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including:
- multiple choice question exams
- case studies.
Each 20 credit module is the equivalent to 200 hours of estimated study time, which includes:
- studying the module materials
- online metworking with fellow students
- directed reading
- interactive and collaborative activities
- preparing assessments.
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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
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 30 credits per academic year (unless you take a formal leave of absence)
- a maximum of 40 credits per semester.
- 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 2018 entry
Compulsory modules (MSc only)Compulsory modules (MSc only)
- MCR8013 Designing a Research Proposal (E-learning)
- CHS8099 Clinical and Health Sciences Dissertation (E-learning) *
* Note: the dissertation will be undertaken in the field of the degree programme studied.
Ageing modules (MSc, PGDip, PGCert)Ageing modules (MSc, PGDip, PGCert)
You will need to study at least one or two modules from the following depending on your chosen level of qualification:
Optional modules (MSc, PGDip, PGCert)Optional modules (MSc, PGDip, PGCert)
- MCR8009 Research Governance and Ethics (E-learning)
- MCR8010 Introduction to Research Study Design and Statistics (E-learning)
- MCR8011 Writing in a Research Setting (E-learning)
- MCR8013 Designing a Research Proposal (E-learning)
- MCR8015 Clinical Trials (E-learning)
- MCR8019 Clinical Research Statistics (E-learning)
- CHS8005 Allergy (E-Learning)
- CHS8009 Molecular Pathology in Stratified Healthcare (E-Learning)
- ONC8004 Diagnostic Imaging in Oncology (E-learning)
- ONC8005 Palliative Care Themes and Perspectives (E-learning)
- ONC8006 Management of Cancer-Psychosocial Issues (E-learning)
- ONC8007 Research Methods 2 Statistics (E-learning)
- ONC8008 Ethical Dimensions of Cancer/Palliative Care (E-learning)
- ONC8010 Handling, Loss, Grief and Bereavement (E-learning)
- ONC8011 Cancer Drugs and Technologies (E-learning)
- ONC8012 Managing Pain (E-learning)
- ONC8013 Quality Improvement (E-learning)
- ONC8016 Contemporary Issues in Palliative Care (E-learning)
- ONC8017 Multi-professional Management of Cancer Part 1 (E-learning)
- ONC8018 Multi-professional Management of Cancer Part 2 (E-learning)
- ONC8019 Pharmacology of Chemotherapeutic Agents (E-learning)
- ONC8021 Health Economics (E-Learning)
- ONC8022 Cancer Cell, Molecular Biology and Genetics (E-learning)
- ONC8025 Cancer Pathology and Molecular Applications for Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (E-learning)
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 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
Fees & Funding
If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.
CPD moduleCPD module
If you are applying for September 2018, January 2019 or April 2019 your fees will be:
£960 per 20 credit module
£960 per 20 credit module
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 and 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 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:
- reliable internet connection
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.
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How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
MSc, PGDip, PGCertMSc, PGDip, PGCert
When you make your online application, you will need to select your academic year of entry on the 'Programme of Study' page. If you are applying for September 2018 select 2018/2019 in the 'Academic year of entry' field.
CPD ModuleCPD Module
When you make your online application, you will need to select your academic year of entry on the 'Programme of Study' page:
- if you are applying for September 2018, January 2019 or April 2019, select 2018/2019 in the 'Academic year of entry' field.
When applying for a CPD module, 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)'.