Singapore University of Social Sciences

Research on Ageing

Research on Ageing (GER509)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Humanities & Social Sciences

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


Research on Ageing provides training in research methodology that includes both quantitative and qualitative methods. Students will learn about the principles of gerontological research, ethical issues and problems inherent in researching on aged populations. As specialists in the gerontological sector, graduates would be required to have a good foundation in research methods. To supplement and complement the classroom teaching, students will have to conduct a practical research project involving older persons. Guidance will be provided by the instructor, but the planning and execution exercise would be done by the students. A hands-on approach is applied to build the confidence of the students in this field.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Introduction to scientific inquiry in gerontological research
  • Comparing quantitative and qualitative research
  • Research design and research planning
  • Ethical Issues and cultural context of gerontological research
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Research execution
  • Issues in data collection
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Building skills in critiquing journal articles related to research on ageing
  • The art of report writing
  • Challenges in conducting gerontological research

Learning Outcome

  • discuss the relevant ethical issues in research with older people
  • construct innovative approaches, research projects and interventions that are appropriate in the local context
  • analyse and discuss principles of academic research, practice research and action research
  • apply the most appropriate method for answering different research questions
  • design a fairly sophisticated piece of research on older adults and their families
  • critique research studies and journal articles
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