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Ageing Health & Environment

About this Programme
The programme philosophy stems from the beliefs that ageing is a positive life event and that older people benefit when communities and older people services are designed to be age-friendly. Older people are affected in many ways by how and where they live. Their ability to participate in the social, economic and cultural life of a community or residential care setting and their physical and psychological health and well being are determined by the environment in which they live.

The programme aims, through eclectic teaching and learning methods and work-based learning, to develop and enhance the student's knowledge and skills in working with older people. Specifically, the programme aims to develop reflective, knowledgeable and critically thinking professionals who will use a person-centered approach to practice and act as positive change agents in older person care in community and residential care settings. The focus on a practice innovation project as the research project for the Masters Programme affords the opportunity for the student to identify a real issue in their work environment and using the skills obtained in the Programme to develop an innovation with the potential to elicit change.

Entry requirements

Level 8 or equivalent qualification. Prior learning will be taken into consideration if the applicant does not have a Level 8 qualification. Proficiency in the English language. Normally work in an environment that is relevant to older people for the duration of the course.


2 years part-time.

The course takes place over 24 months. Learners will be expected to attend DkIT a maximum of one day per week. In Stage 2 this attendance will be reduced to one day every 2 weeks in a number of the modules. The remainder of the course shall be delivered using a blended learning approach and directed learning.

Further enquiries

Geraldine O Connor
Head of Section (Part Time Courses)
t: +353-0429370200 ext 2736
Muirhevna Building N330

Subjects taught

Year 1

Semester 1:
•Health & Ageing
•Social Policy for Health & Ageing

Semester 2
•Ageing: Place and Community
•Applied Research: Theory & Practice

Year 2

Semester 1
•Applied Research Proposal
•Perspectives for Managing Change in Services for Older People
•Contemporary Healthcare Delivery

Semester 2:
•Applied Research Dissertation ( This module shall run over two terms to include the Summer Term)

The MSc in Ageing, Health & Environment will be taken by those wishing to combine academic study with an original research dissertation in the form of a Practice Innovation Project; all seven modules comprising 60 credits, and the dissertation 30 credits must be completed.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Ageing, Health & Environment will comprise all seven taught modules, totaling 60 credits.

The Certificate in Ageing, Health & Environment will comprise three taught modules (Health & Ageing; Social Policy for Health and Ageing and Ageing: Place and Community) totaling 30 credits.

Who Should Apply?
This programme will be of interest to diverse groups of health care professionals including doctors, nurses, social workers, architects and others designing environments for older people and any professionals with an interest in discharging or designing services for older people.

Application date

How to apply?
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Course fee

Course Fees:
1.Masters in Ageing Health & Environment: Course Fee is €7200payable in 2 stages

2.Postgraduate Diploma in Ageing Health & Environment: Course Fee is €4800payable in 2 stages.

3.Certificate in Ageing, Health & Environment: Course Fee is €2400 payable in 1 stage.

Enrolment and start dates

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