Postgraduate MSc

Geriatric Medicine

School of Health and Society




Three year

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

Geriatric medicine is the second-largest medical speciality in the United Kingdom.  It continues to be a rapidly expanding speciality in acute care and community settings, with innovative developments in a variety of subspecialty areas. With increasing numbers of elderly people, the demand for specialist training is increasing.  The need for high-quality education and training for healthcare professionals managing this complex group has never been greater .

This comprehensive course is offered in collaboration with the North-Western Postgraduate Medical Deanery and ensures that the theory underpinning knowledge is delivered alongside and applied to the clinical environment. It meets the needs of patients, their families and care-givers, and physicians to ensure that a quality service is delivered effectively and efficiently.

Since 2001, this has been a continuous modular course delivered off-site on a part-time, day-release basis.  The aim of the training days are to support the individual students clinical training in the healthcare setting they are employed in.

You will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the theoretical background underpinning the specialty of Geriatric Medicine
  • Follow the curriculum for Geriatric Medicine as set out by the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians’ Training Board

This is for you if...


You are a Higher Specialist Trainee in Geriatric Medicine in the UK


You are working in an allied profession managing frail older adults in a healthcare setting eg nursing and therapy


You are a doctor working in a discipline frequently seeing frailer older adults eg Emergency Medicine, General Practice, Psychiatry


You want to make a difference to patients and their families


You want to gain a greater in-depth understanding of the speciality

Course details

All about the course

This course is delivered in a series of modules and includes a final dissertation assessment.  Training is delivered off-site on a part-time, day-release basis. Members of the faculty include experienced Consultant Geriatricians working in hospitals across the North-West of England and beyond.


Medical Ethics and Law

Apply theoretical knowledge to practical medicine in the areas of Medical Ethics and Law and develop an appreciation of how related issues impact on service delivery. 

Enhanced Skills for Clinicians

A module facilitating the development of knowledge and practice in non-clinical areas of work.  This includes the structure and finance of the NHS in the UK, management theory and practice, business case development, dealing with complaints, working with the Coroner and preparing for attending an inquest, teaching and communication skills, and more.

Gerontology and Models of Geriatric Services

This module (delivered as two half-modules) will cover demographics of ageing, physiological changes and psychosocial aspects of ageing as they relate to common disorders of the older adult.  It also explores how Geriatric medicine services are developed and delivered across a variety of healthcare settings.

Common Diseases of the Older Adult I

Apply theoretical knowledge to practical geriatric medicine in the areas of Endocrine, Metabolic, Skin, Blood and Neoplastic diseases in the elderly. 

Psychiatry of Old Age

This module will cover aspects of clinical management of common disorders of the older adult related to delirium, dementia, psychosis, mood, disorder, neuroses, anxiety disorders, alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse, sleep problems and disorders of function. 

Medicine for the Older Adult

This module will cover aspects of clinical management of common disorders of the older adult related to continence, hearing and visual impairment, malnutrition, pharmacology and prescribing, metabolic bone disease, prostate disease, falls and gait disturbance and epilepsy.

Dissertation - MSc Geriatric

The dissertation module gives you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth, evidence-based exploration of a key area relevant to your own practice and is needed to graduate with a full Masters.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


All teaching is evidence-based, holistic and multi-disciplinary, recognising that there is more to modern practice than simply teaching medicine. 

It is a modular course delivered off-site on a part-time, day release basis.  The modules in Ethics and Law, and in Enhanced skills for Clinicians (generic modules) each have 3 dedicated teaching days a year and run every year. 

The other modules (clinical modules) each have 5 teaching days a year.  In any given academic year, only two of the clinical modules will be running.  We can advise on which modules are running in advance for each year.


Each module is assessed with a written component.  In addition some modules have an oral presentation component.  The written assignment usually comprises 80% of the module mark and the presentation 20%.

The School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

We live in a rapidly changing world, and we’re keen to leave a productive legacy of helping people at all stages of their lives, improving their physical, psychological and social wellbeing.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Employment/Advantages to Completing the Masters in Geriatric Medicine?

This exciting and innovative course will enable you to gain a critical appreciation and in-depth understanding of the theoretical background underpinning your specialty. It also provides an opportunity to critically evaluate and appraise the current contextual and practice issues involved in the delivery of your specialist field.


What you need to know

This course is suitable for Specialist Registrar in Geriatric or Elderly Medicine. The programme requires you to be in a suitable clinical post in the UK alongside your studies. 

Standard entry requirements

Previous study and experience

This course is suitable for Higher Specialist Trainees in Geriatric Medicine in the UK. It is also suitable for those working in allied disciplines, both medical and non-medical, such as nursing or the allied health professions. 

Importantly, the programme requires you to be in a suitable clinical post in the UK alongside your studies.  This is not a distance learning programme and we cannot accommodate overseas applicants who are not working in the UK in a suitable clinical post.

How much?

For more information on course fees and funding, please view here.  


Type of study Year Fees
Part-time 2024/25 £1,380 per 30 credits

Additional costs

You should consider additional costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2024

September 2025