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Human Ageing, Disease and Death University Certificate in Professional Development

Ageing is a major risk factor for a number of diseases, including dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cardiovascular diseases and cancer.


12 weeks


Course overview

The course explores advances in intervention mechanisms, which have contributed towards the reduction of disease risk and development in an ageing population.

You can apply for short course funding if you are currently in education, or already qualified to degree, master’s or PhD level. If you are funding this course with a student loan you also need to meet student loan eligibility criteria. Find out more about short course loans

You gain the scientific understanding of the human ageing process at a molecular to whole organism level, and age-related diseases. You apply this knowledge to a range of age-related clinical conditions and review the latest research in these areas.

This course is ideal if you are:

  • a school or further education college leaver wanting to explore a subject before committing to a full degree
  • unemployed and wanting to develop skills to improve your employability
  • a teacher looking to refresh your knowledge in a subject, or to learn new skills
  • in work and your performance can be enhanced by learning new knowledge and skills
  • returning to education after a break
  • currently in higher education and would like to compliment your skillset with additional knowledge and skills.

You can only enrol on one short course at a time.

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Course details

What you study

  • Theory of ageing (activity theory, continuity theory, disengagement theory)
  • Senescence
  • Programmed cell death (apoptosis)
  • Role of mitochondria in ageing
  • Nutrition and ageing
  • Cardiovascular diseases (coronary heart disease, stroke, peripheral arterial disease, aortic disease)
  • Neurodegenerative disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Huntington’s
  • Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
  • Musculoskeletal diseases.

How you learn

The course runs for 12 weeks using a blended learning approach.

The course includes one week block of on campus teaching within the 12 teaching weeks. This block will include five days of six hours a day (9.00am - 12.00pm, 1.00pm - 4.00pm) delivered as a mixture of lectures, group work, seminars, and practical’s or lab sessions. The remaining study is online.

How you are assessed

You are assessed on your knowledge and understanding associated with the indicative content of the module in a critical way


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You must have completed a level four qualification (or higher) and/or developed knowledge and skills in a health or science subject.



Career opportunities

Our short courses are developed with support from our industrial partners to meet the needs of employers.

They are ideal for you to build the skills employers look for, helping you to develop a new and successful career through one of the flexible learning options available.

Once you’ve completed your short course you could also apply to study a degree by transferring your eligible completed credits.



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 12 weeks
  • Start date: 23 January 2023

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