Care of the Elderly 1 Year MSc - University Wales Trinity Saint David

Please note - This program is only avaliable to current students on the Postgraduate Diploma in Care of the Elderly validated by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Should you wish to study our full MSc or PGDip in Care of the Elderly, you can register your interest on our Care of the Elderly Course Page.

With an increasingly ageing population comes higher health and social care costs and more age-related causes of morbidity and mortality. This means that there is a fast growing need for healthcare staff to have relevant up-to-date training and knowledge within elderly care to meet the needs of an ageing society. Our MSc programme is specially developed for healthcare professionals looking to further their clinical knowledge within elderly and geriatric care.

Next intake: 2022 MarchKey Facts

Awarding University
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
20 hours a week
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
14th February 2022
Course start date
100% Online
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This course offers healthcare professionals, from a range of settings, the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills and confidence in dealing with the complex health and social needs of older people.

This part-time Care of the Elderly MSc provides high quality integrated and multidisciplinary education in the field of ageing, health and disease. The programme utilises the latest thinking and research evidence in the field and the course is suitable for both UK and overseas graduates in medicine, nursing and allied professions, e.g. physiotherapists, dieticians etc, who work with older people, mirroring the multidisciplinary nature of gerontology.

Students completing the MSc will undertake a clinically related independent project relevant to the care of the elderly, enabling students to demonstrate their knowledge through independent study.

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Provide a comprehensive, systematic and critical appraisal of issues in caring for older people to facilitate the implementation of evidence-based care and best practice.
  • To develop skills that aid career progression and leadership potential within a complex and rapidly changing delivery environment.

Next intake: 2022 March Key Facts

Awarding University
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
20 hours a week
24 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
14th February 2022
Course start date
100% Online

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Who is this course for?

All applicants must have successfully completed the 1 year Postgraduate Diploma with the University Wales Trinity Saint David. Applicants must have successfully completed the course and wish to continue into 2nd year to study an MSc.

How Will I Learn?

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.

Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios.

These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.


The Care of the Elderly MSc is a two year course, to apply for this course you will already have completed the 1 year Postgraduate Diploma with the University Wales Trinity Saint David. The second year MSc course starts with an initial 10 week online module that will develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. Students then complete the professional project module, which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project (dissertation).

Year 2

Module Aims
To develop students’ ability to critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and/or organisational practice and develop skills in independent research, study and writing for publication.

Module Content

  • Terminology used in epidemiology and research studies such as prevalence, incidence, sensitivity, specificity, false positive and false negatives.
  • Interpreting graphical representation of epidemiological and statistical data such as Kaplan-Meier curves,forest plots and meta-analyses.
  • Calculations used in the assessment of research data such as relative risk, absolute risk and number needed to treat. Statistical tests and their applications including t-tests, ANOVA and chi-square.
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Fundamentals of evidence-based practice and its application into the clinical setting
  • Principles of health economics, audit and quality improvement/assurance systems
  • Establishing patient registers and the value of disease-specific registers
  • Research into educational principles for both health care practitioner and patient

The module will depend on the creation of a piece of work based upon a specific clinically related project relevant to the student’s practice. This project may comprise:

  • Literature review and appraisal of the evidence
  • Audit of practice including organisational or clinical
  • Review and implementation of evidence-based practice
  • Qualitative or quantitative research (formal research involving human subjects is not anticipated)
  • Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal
  • Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment

Learning Outcomes

  1. To develop a critical and systematic extensive and comparative knowledge and understanding of the application of research methodologies, and an ability to frame a research proposal
  2. To develop a systematic extensive and comparative knowledge and understanding of how to report research results in written format to an academic and/or professional audience, and to further develop the student’s capacity for critical analysis and independent thought
  3. Critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements or change
  4. Incorporate knowledge of the research process in developing services appropriately

Assessment Methods

The Care of the Elderly MSc course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of clinical scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.

You will be required to produce a piece of work based upon a clinically-related project that is relevant to your practice.

To produce the professional project you will continue to study online. Much of the work is self-directed, however you will receive guidance from your tutor throughout the module.

Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies. Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.

Year 2

  • Students will work with their supervisor to submit a professional project proposal for their chosen topic.

  • Students will deliver an abstract (1000 words) outlining their proposal and, if deemed necessary, develop and submit documentation for the University’s ethical committee approval.

  • Students will create a dissertation, the theme of which has been developed in discussion with their tutor.
  • Supervision will normally involve direct online support involving planned progress, supporting research activity and reading student work.
  • Supervisors and students will agree on a communications plan, which may involve emails or online chats. Some students may employ the use of freely available chat or audio conferencing facilities for live discussion with supervisors.
  • Students will have access to online forums where they can develop their research capabilities together.
  • All communications with tutors will be logged on the Professional Project forum by the student, and consists of brief summaries of discussion.

This module runs over a 8 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the Professional Project module.

Entry requirements

Since our courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.

Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree.

Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.

Documents Required

  • A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth
  • A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate
  • The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
  • A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
  • A copy of your proof of English competency (see below)

English Language Requirements
Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. The University of South Wales run a number of English Language Programmes at the Centre for International English to prepare you for your academic studies. You can also contact our admissions team on [email protected] for more information on the qualifications we accept.

Should you have already successfully completed the 1 year Postgraduate Diploma and wish to convert to the MSc and complete only the second year of the programme this is possible. Please contact our admissions department [email protected] to find out more.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for March 2022:
Application deadline - 7th March 2022

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

DateInstalmentsUp-Front Payments
Deposit payable on acceptance†£650£650
1st May 2022£650£7,150
1st July 2022£650
1st September 2022£650
1st November 2022£650
1st January 2023£650
1st March 2023£650
1st May 2023£650
1st July 2023£650
1st September 2023£650
1st November 2023£650
1st January 2024£650

† Deposits are non-refundable

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