NUI Galway: Masters in Ageing & Public Policy

Driven by a commitment to research-informed interdisciplinary education, the MSc examines demographic ageing from a public policy perspective, critically assessing existing approaches and future directions to secure an effective and fair means of engaging older people in ageing societies. Students will: analyze critical policy challenges relevant to diverse older populations; assess the role of public policy in the fair and effective allocation of opportunities across the life course; evaluate the readiness of existing policy structures; and assess to what degree the application of policy levers are supporting older people and addressing system sustainability issues.

Hosted at the internationally recognised Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, the course is comprised of an applied project, and taught modules in the areas of:
International Policy and Ageing, Social Exclusion and Inequalities in Later Life, Dynamics of Ageing and Public Policy, Health Systems and Policy Analysis, Work, Pensions and Retirement, Environmental Gerontology and Ageing in Place Policy, Cost Benefit Analysis and Evaluation,  Legal Capacity Law and Policy.


  1. This is the only course available at a Masters level that examines ageing and public policy in Ireland, and one of only a small number internationally.
  2. The course draws together contributions from national and international policy experts working at the forefront of policy development, and advocacy.
  3. The programme is distinctive in its positioning within a research informed learning environment that is linked directly to state-of-the-art research programmes, led by international experts on ageing and policy.

Duration: 1 Year, Full-Time; 2 Year, Part-Time

Course Level: Level 9

Entry Requirements: Normally applicants require a primary degree with Second Class Honours, Grade 1, in a related discipline (e.g. economics; sociology; management; social work; policy degrees) or a cognate field of study (e.g. health sciences; public health). IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable.

Applications from people with commensurate related experience will also be considered.

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General Info

Date Entered/Updated
21st Dec, 2020
Expiry Date
21st Feb, 2021