King’s College London

The Global Ageing, Health and Policy iBSc course is a multidisciplinary course aimed at training students in critical areas of policy affecting older people and ageing societies globally. It examines global ageing through the lens of public policy, demography, economics and health science. The course will examine the challenges that ageing populations pose to societies worldwide, from both medical and social science perspectives.

For more information, including details on how to apply, see our Intercalated BSc pages.

Key Benefits

  • You will develop a thorough understanding of the concept of ageing, and its implications for public policies worldwide.
  • You will explore current trends and cutting- edge research on global ageing and older people, working alongside international experts at a leading research institution.
  • Members of the Institute of Gerontology at King’s include world-renowned experts in a number of research fields including demography, economics, social policy and health.
  • You will study specialist, advanced texts, policy documents and critiques as well as individual research articles and research reviews.


While global aging represents a triumph of medical, social, and economic advances over disease, it also presents tremendous challenges.  Establishing a suitable welfare and long-term care system has become a pressing policy concern for governments around the world.

King’s Institute of Gerontology is a world leading research and education centre on ageing and older people.  The iBSc in Global Ageing, Health and Policy will enrich your medical education by offering you a comprehensive perspective of how ageing affects individuals, families and governments, and how healthcare and social policies can contribute to healthy ageing worldwide.

The course is taught by world-renowned experts on the clinical and social dimensions of ageing, as well as the health and social care policies affecting ageing societies globally.

This one-year programme comprises two 30-credit taught modules, two 15-credit taught modules and a 30-credit dissertation. Optional modules include principles of epidemiology and the biology of ageing.

Under the direct supervision of a member of staff at the Institute of Gerontology, the dissertation will help you develop the capacity to conduct research through critical and systematic enquiry related to global ageing, health and policy. In earlier years, dissertations focused on a wide range of areas including health policy, long-term care for older people, the implications of ageing for work and families, and disability and pension policy for older age.

We will be awarding two student prizes each year. These are:

  • The Institute of Gerontology Prize for the best overall performance in the Intercalated BSc Global Ageing, Health and Policy.
  • The Institute of Gerontology Prize for the best student research project in the Intercalated. BSc Global Ageing, Health and Policy.

Entry requirements

External students must have first time passes for years 1 and 2 and all SSCs.

Closing date

King’s students:  27th January 2020
Non-King’s students: 2nd March 2020