MSc Ageing and Global Change

Linköping University
4 semesters
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Online / Distance
Application deadline: January 16th

About this program

MSc Ageing and Global Change

Do you want to contribute to the sustainability of an ageing society and the well-being of an ageing population? Then this is your master’s programme.

Population ageing and rising inequalities are marked trends around the world, while globalisation, digitalisation, urbanisation, migration and changing gender relations are having profound effects on our lives. A longer living population presents global challenges and opportunities that affect every aspect of our lives such as welfare, the environment, health, finance, housing, and employment. Gaining a profound understanding of the potentials and challenges of ageing, is crucial for the well-being of mankind and the sustainability of society. Skilled experts to tackle the global social, economic, health, political and cultural issues of ageing will be needed to support public agencies, civil society and private corporations in addressing the challenges of an ageing population.

The interdependencies between policies, welfare institutions, populations’ dynamics and individual lives are at the heart of this programme. It offers a broad curriculum in policy-oriented ageing research and addresses several policy areas such as the welfare state, life- course policies, pensions, health and care, family, and intergenerational relations. Teachers from a range of academic backgrounds will enable you to acquire a globally attractive and unique education. Together we will seek answers to the complex questions facing society today with regards to both individual and population ageing. As a student on the new Ageing and Social Change master’s programme, you will gain a broad understanding of the relationships between longevity and social change through a truly interdisciplinary perspective, combining up-to-date research and methodology.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen
  • At least 5 ECTS credits passed in Quantitative Methods or Statistics
  • At least 5 ECTS credits passed in Social Sciences
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B)

(Exemption from Swedish)

The deadline for submitting the online application is the 16th of January. The deadline for submitting all supporting documentation is the 1st of February. Documents that are submitted after the deadline will make the whole application late, and possibly not considered for most of the programmes.

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Program content

Semester 1

  • Ageing and Social Change as Interdisciplinary Social Science.
  • Basic and Policy-oriented Research on Ageing.
  • Ageing, Welfare, and the Sustainability Problems of Societies.
  • Researching the Ageing Society I - Methods in Ageing and Social Change.

Semester 2

  • Social Structure, Inequality, and Exclusion in an Ageing World
  • Foundations of Ageing Policies
  • The Future of Ageing, Ageing Research, and Ageing Policies
  • Policies and Policy Consulting in the Ageing Society
  • Master’s thesis in Ageing and Social Change (one year)

Semester 3

  • Internship in Ageing and Social Change
  • Contemporary Research Issues in Ageing and Social Change
  • Special Readings in Ageing and Social Change
  • Researching the Ageing Society II - Methods in Ageing and Social Change

Semester 4

  • Master’s thesis in Ageing and Social Change (two year)

Scholarships & funding

Linköping University (LiU) offers a limited number of scholarships to outstanding international students. For some programs and nationalities, it is also possible to apply for a scholarship through the Swedish Institute. There are also other funding opportunities for studies in Sweden.

For more information, please visit the website.


SEK 160000 - NB: Applies only to students from outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland.


Master of Science (60/120 credits) with a major in Ageing and Social Change

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Linköping University 

Linköping University (LiU) was granted university status in 1975 and today has 37,600 students (full-time equivalents 19,200), including 2,000 international students. In 2022, LiU landed on spot 38 of the Times Higher Education ranking of the world’s young universities. This is...

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Why study at Linköping University

Linköping University welcomes students from all over the world, and English is widely spoken everywhere by its 2,000 international students, or about 6% of its student population. Many doctoral students and researchers are international.

We rank highly: LiU has been named as one of the world’s 200 best universities in education, materials science, sociology and electrical and electronic engineering, according to this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Good prospects: A degree from LiU makes you a highly sought after employee. An impressive 88% of our students are employed within 18 months of graduating.

Research that makes a difference: What makes Linköping University special is the lack of boundaries between different subjects and faculties, which has resulted in world-leading research environments and companies as well as a number of truly cross-disciplinary study programs.

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581 83 Linköping

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