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MSc Ageing and Public Policy

University of Galway

This Masters' in Ageing & Public Policy critically examines demographic ageing from a public policy perspective, and is driven by a commitment to research-led interdisciplinary education. It assesses existing approaches and future directions to secure effective and fair ageing societies.

This MSc is a new innovative, interdisciplinary programme that delivers sought after transferrable and topic specific skillsets, and which incorporates an applied project and placements at national public, NGO and private organisations. The MSc is available on a full-time or part-time basis and is intended to be delivered as both an in person or a remote access programme.

Provides topic specific and transferable skills sets including:

•    In-depth knowledge of ageing related policy 
•    In-depth knowledge of public policy systems 
•    Capacity for critical thinking and theorizing 
•    Ability to assess and evaluate public polices 
•    Research, data and analytical methods 
•    Ability to apply data analysis techniques to real world policy challenges

On 19 May 2021 we held a Taster Session for the MSc in Ageing and Public Policy. Listen back>>

Areas which were covered in this session were:

With a view to informing a holistic understanding of later life in public policy, the ICSG conducts research on ageing and the life course that responds to gaps in scientific knowledge, policy and practice, while promoting the diversity of ageing experiences.

Current Projects-For a list of current ICSG projects click here

Recent Publications-For a list of ICSG publications click here

Hear From Our Experts:
Click on this video to view some of the ageing-related public-policy work and messages that our programme lectures are involved with.

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Listed below are the documents required to apply for this course.
1 year


Sep 2024

Start Month

Aug 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • September 2024
  • September 2025
  • September 2026

Mode of Study

  • Full Time