NUI Galway Postgraduate Prospectus 2021

J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics College of Business, Public Policy and Law

CONTACT Professor Kieran Walsh Irish Centre for Social Gerontology T: +353 91 495 460 E: receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible. See page 284 for full details of when and how to apply. PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE: MSc DURATION: 1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time NUMBER OF PLACES: 25 COURSE INSTANCE(S): 1MEP1; 1MEP2 FEES AND FUNDING: Fees information and funding opportunities: pages 286 and 288. WHEN TO APPLY: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for

Ageing and Public Policy

Your Course 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. Hosted at the internationally recognised Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, the course is comprised of an applied project, and taught modules in the areas of: 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; Cost Benefit Analysis and Evaluation. Career Opportunities 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. 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. FIND OUT MORE AT: ageing-public-policy.html “To reap the dividends of population ageing we must reduce social exclusion of older persons. This master’s programme in Ageing and Public Policy will build much-needed capacity in policy development and analysis toward leaving no one behind.’” Norah Keating Director, Global Social Issues on Ageing, International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics


1. This is the only course available at a master’s level that examines ageing and public policy in Ireland, and one of only a small number internationally. 2. The course draws together contributions from national and international policy experts working at the forefront of policy development, and advocacy. 3. The programme is distinctive in its positioning within a research- informed learning environment that is linked directly to state-of- the-art research programmes, led by international experts on ageing and policy.


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