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Clinical and Health Sciences with Ageing MSc, PGDip, PGCert    Back

Newcastle University Course Type: Master taught Start Date: September
Duration: see details Fees/total cost: EUR 3,238.56 (GBP 2,400.00) - EUR 23,560.52 (GBP 17,460.00)


Our online course enables you to tailor your educational needs to your professional interests. Designed for busy professionals, it offers a flexible, bespoke way for you to expand your knowledge of the mechanisms of ageing, age-related disease and research. The course is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Changing demographics have led to an increasing older population. This has resulted in a greater need to understand the mechanisms of ageing and age-related disease, to undertake research with older people and to prescribe appropriately.

The course is aimed at clinicians, allied health professionals and scientists with a particular interest in ageing. Knowledge gained from this course will help you to understand the needs of older people, and further, to identify research opportunities to improve the health and well-being of the ageing population.

This innovative course is ideal if you already have a primary qualification (eg MBBS, BDS, BSc) and are working in the fields of health or life sciences. It has been developed to provide a flexible approach, making it sustainable and compatible with professional career pathways whilst addressing the needs of a modern health service.

The e-learning course has been developed by Newcastle University, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the NIHR Newcastle Training School as part of the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre in Ageing and Chronic Disease.

You will be taught by staff with experience and expertise in clinical and health sciences and ageing, such as Dr Ellen Tullo and Dr Catherine Dotchin.


The course is taught online, so you can choose to study anytime and anywhere. This flexibility means that you can fit your studies around your other commitments, plus develop your online literacy as a transferable skill.

You can pick from over 30 modules in a diverse range of subjects to create your own bespoke course of study. You can choose to complete a single module for continuing professional development (CPD) through to a full masters. You can work at your own pace in your own environment.

For each module you will receive direction and support from your module leader. We will encourage you to get to know your fellow students and support each other in your studies. One of our aims is for you to develop academic networks and relationships that will continue after graduation.

All of our modules are delivered through Blackboard, our managed learning environment. Blackboard is accessible across a variety of operating systems and browsers. Our materials and supporting reading are accessible across a variety of devices including desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones. You will be given Blackboard email address and an account to use the system.

IT support

As this course is online, you should feel comfortable using the internet and networking online. You don't have to be a technical expert to study this course. We'll give you an online induction before you start. This will show you the different interactive tools you will use during your studies. These include:

  • discussion boards
  • reflective journals
  • blogs
  • collaborative learning spaces, eg wikis

IT requirements

No campus attendance is needed, but you must have reliable access to the following:

  • computer
  • the Internet
  • webcam
  • headset
  • printer

Recommended specifications:

  • operating system: Windows 7 and above (32 and 64 bit) or Mac OSX 10.6 and above
  • processor: Intel Pentium, Intel Celeron, Intel i3, Intel i5, Intel i7, or recent AMD processor
  • RAM: At least 2GB
  • connectivity: broadband or mobile broadband
  • screen resolution: at least 1024 x 768 px


Our ageing modules are of high value to those working in primary care. As such we have been awarded Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) accreditation.


Our flexible course allows you to decide a route that suits your needs. The award you receive depends on the number of credits you choose to study. To specialise in ageing, you need to select a certain number of ageing-specific credits:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert): 60 credits including 20 in ageing
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip): 120 credits including 40 in ageing
  • Master of Science (MSc): 180 credits including 40 in ageing and an ageing-specific dissertation

You can also choose to study individual modules for continuous professional development (CPD).

Most of our modules are 10-12 weeks long. Our online modules are split between 10 and 20 credit modules and require 10-20 hours of work per week. You should set aside regular study hours to get the most out of the course. There are three semesters in the academic year and in each semester you can study:

  • a minimum of 10 credits (unless you take a formal leave of absence)
  • a maximum of 40 credits.

To help plan your study, each module details which semester it is taught in. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1: September
  • Semester 2: January
  • Semester 3: April

Compulsory modules (MSc only)

Ageing modules (MSc, PGDip, PGCert)

Optional modules (MSc, PGDip, PGCert)

Masters - Part time

Start date:
24 - 60 Months
Teaching method:
Distance Learning
Funding possible:
EUR 9,715.68 (GBP 7,200.00)
EUR 23,560.52 (GBP 17,460.00)
Additional Information:
UK/EU Modular fee: £800 per 20 credit module; International Modular fee: £1,940 per 20 credit module.
Tuition fees

Part time - PgDip

Start date:
12 - 48 Months
Teaching method:
Distance Learning
Funding possible:
EUR 6,477.12 (GBP 4,800.00)
EUR 15,707.02 (GBP 11,640.00)
Additional Information:
UK/EU Modular fee: £800 per 20 credit module; International Modular fee: £1,940 per 20 credit module.
Tuition fees

Part time - PgCert

Start date:
12 - 24 Months
Teaching method:
Distance Learning
Funding possible:
EUR 3,238.56 (GBP 2,400.00)
EUR 7,853.51 (GBP 5,820.00)
Additional Information:
UK/EU Modular fee: £800 per 20 credit module; International Modular fee: £1,940 per 20 credit module.
Tuition fees

Course Provider Details

Course contact information

Dr. Jenny Yeo
Degree Programme Director
Medical Sciences Graduate School
University accredited:
PgCert: 60 CATS
PgDip: 120 CATS
Masters: 90 ECTS
Masters: 180 CATS
Last update: 15/03/2016


Module name Credits (ECTS or CATS) Duration Core / elective / recommended Available as Short course (CPD)
Ageing and Health (E-learning) [CHS8006] 20 CATS core Yes
Biology of Ageing (E-Learning) [CHS8008] 20 CATS core Yes
Clinical Research with Older People (E-learning) [CHS8007] 20 CATS core Yes
Designing a Research Proposal (E-learning) [MCR8013] 20 CATS core Yes
Therapeutics in Older People (E-learning) [CHS8003] 20 CATS core Yes
Allergy (E-learning) [CHS8005] 20 CATS elective Yes
Cancer: Cell, Molecular Biology and Genetics (E-learning) [ONC8022] 20 CATS elective Yes
Cancer Drugs and Technologies: Product Pathway, Provider & Patient (E-learning) [ONC8011] 20 CATS elective Yes
Cancer Pathology (E-learning) [ONC8002] 10 CATS elective Yes
Clinical Research Statistics (E-learning) [MCR8019] 20 CATS elective Yes
Clinical Trials (E-Learning) [MCR8015] 20 CATS elective Yes
Contemporary Issues in Palliative Care Practice: Management of Symptoms (Other Than Pain) in Advanced Diseases (E-learning) [ONC8016] 10 CATS elective Yes
Developments in Diagnostic Imaging in Oncology (E-learning) [ONC8004] 10 CATS elective Yes
Drug Development from First-in-Man to Bedside (E-learning) [CHS8002] 20 CATS elective Yes
Drug Discovery and Pre-clinical Development (E-learning) [CHS8001] 20 CATS elective Yes
Ethical Dimensions of Cancer/Palliative Care (E-learning) [ONC8008] 10 CATS elective Yes
Handling Loss, Grief and Bereavement (E-learning) [ONC8010] 10 CATS elective Yes
Health Economics (E-Learning) [ONC8021] 10 CATS elective Yes
Introduction to Research Study Design and Statistics (E-learning) [MCR8010] 20 CATS elective Yes
Management of Cancer-Psychosocial Issues (E-learning) [ONC8006] 10 CATS elective Yes
Managing Pain (E-learning) [ONC8012] 10 CATS elective Yes
Multiprofessional Management of Cancer Part 1 (E-learning) [ONC8017] 10 CATS elective Yes
Multiprofessional Management of Cancer Part 2 (E-learning) [ONC8018] 20 CATS elective Yes
Palliative Care Themes and Perspectives (E-learning) [ONC8005] 10 CATS elective Yes
Pharmacology of Chemotherapeutic Agents (E-learning) [ONC8019] 20 CATS elective Yes
Quality Improvement (E-learning) [ONC8013] 10 CATS elective Yes
Research Governance and Ethics (E-learning) [MCR8009] 20 CATS elective Yes
Research Methods (2) Statistics (E-learning) [ONC8007] 10 CATS elective Yes
Trauma and Orthopaedics - Simulation Enhanced Learning (E-learning) [CHS8004] 20 CATS elective Yes
Writing in a Research Setting (E-learning) [MCR8011] 20 CATS elective Yes