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PS349 - Psychology of Ageing

  • Module code: PS349
  • Module name: Psychology of Ageing
  • Department: Psychology
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

With the proportion of older adults in the population steadily increasing, there is growing interest among researchers, medical practitioners, and policy makers in the capabilities and psychological functioning of older people. This advanced module therefore aims to: provide a critical analysis of the methods and theories that have been applied to the study of human ageing; discuss several aspects of performance, from decline in sensory processes to changes in intellectual; functions, including attention, memory and language; allow the opportunity to study cognition in an important (but often neglected) section of the population.

Principal learning outcomes

"At the end of the module, students should be able to: demonstrate a critical appreciation of methodological issues associated with the study of ageing; describe sensory and intellectual changes that accompany both normal and abnormal ageing; discuss these changes in relation to current theories and debate in cognitive ageing. "

Timetabled teaching activities

Length of module: 12 weeks. One lecture per week; one seminar per week Attendance at lectures and seminars is compulsory.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PS349-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 33%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 33%
locally Adminstered Exam 34%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Psychology (C800) - Year 3
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 2
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (VL78) - Year 3
  • BA in Philosophy with Psychology (with Intercalated year) (VL79) - Year 4