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. Offering a choice between on campus (public health measures permitting) and on-line delivery, the course is comprised of an applied project (tied to a placement with a national public, NGO or private organisation), and taught modules that include: 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; and Cost Benefit Analysis and Evaluation.
Minimum Entry Requirements
Normally applicants require a primary degree with Second Class Honours, Grade 1, in a related social science discipline (e.g., economics, sociology, management, social work, policy orientated 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 experience in ageing-related policy and practice will be considered.
WHEN TO APPLY:
NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
1MEP1: 1 year, full-time; 1MEP2: 2 years, part-time.
2020–21 academic year
Post Course Info
Graduates will possess in-depth analytical skill sets which will enhance employability in ageing-specific and general public policy sectors. This includes: capacity for critical thinking; knowledge of and ability to evaluate policies; and capacity to apply data analysis techniques. Students are likely to be employed as: policy analysts and managers in public bodies; policy and strategic planners in civil society organisations; service coordinators; and senior staff within private ageing related organisations. This course will also serve as an excellent grounding to pursue a PhD programme.