University of the West of Scotland
Gerontology/Gerontology with Dementia Care MSc
University of the West of Scotland

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This programme has been designed to cater for a range of professionals with relevant experience and interest in working with older people. It will have particular appeal to health and social care professionals and also those professionals who are working in the third sector.

The programme aims to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence of all its participants by introducing debate around our understanding of ageing, the shifting demographics and the integration and globalisation of health and social care .

The course aims to develop experienced professionals and others to take on the challenges of autonomous practice, decision-making, leadership and research roles now required in this important sector of health and social care.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

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Applications are welcomed from graduates from all relevant disciplines with experience and/or interest in older peoples’ care provision. Normally you will hold a first degree and should have a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience. Prior learning and prior experiential learning (SCQF Level 11 or QCF/EQF Level 7) may also be considered for entry on an individual basis. If you have completed the UWS Graduate Certificate in Working with Older People you may also be considered.

Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

University of the West of Scotland is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.


Average student cost of living in UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About University of the West of Scotland

Located in the Scottish town of Paisley, we find the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). This institution also owns and operates three other secondary campuses in Ayr, Blantyre and Dumfries. Paisley campus is attended by a medium-sized student population of roughly 10,000 and provides the opportunity to study a selection of programmes related to Nursing, Engineering, Social Sciences, Business, and Computing.

Where is this programme taught

Lanarkshire Campus
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