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Doctoral Programme in Psychogerontology: Life Cycle Perspective

Programme code: 3149

Regulations: Royal Decree 99/2011

Knowledge branch: Health sciences

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Organised by:Faculty of Psychology

Management Centre:Postgraduate School

Participant Universities:UV

Programme coordinator:Dr Juan Carlos Meléndez Moral

1st year available places:15 places

Aims: The general objective for this doctoral programme is to study the psychological development in senior people with different types of pathologies with psychological character and treatment (dementia, depression, etc.), as well as in the elderly people who grow in an active and satisfactory way. The doctoral studies shall, at minimum, guarantee the acquisition by the doctoral students of the basic competencies which are in the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education, specifically: systematic understanding of a field of study of legal sciences, and mastery of its skills and methods of research; ability to conceive, design or create, implement and adapt a substantial process of research and creation; ability to make a critical and assessment analysis, and synthesis of new and complex ideas, as well as communication with the academic and scientific community and society in general about their fields of knowledge; and and ability to promote, within academic and professional contexts, scientific, technological, social, artistic or cultural advance in a knowledge-based society.

Description: Following the United Nations’ prospective, there will be over 300 million Europeans over 60 years old by 2050. According to the INE and regarding people over 64 in Spain, there has been a rise form a 5.2% in 1900, to a 8.2% in 1960, a 17% in 2000 according to the population projections of a 20% in 2020. Regarding future perspectives, the greatest absolute and relative growths of the upcoming 40 years will be concentrated on advanced ages. Concretely, the age group over 64 years old will double its size, making of Europe the oldest continent in the world. Nowadays, European population over 60 years old is over 200 million people. Following the democratic prospectives of the 31,9% of Spain’s total population. This way, all population segments of old people are the ones which are having the greatest increase in the latter years, progression which will be maintained in the future, directing us to an old society. This way, all developed societies will face a new demographic reality which requires important actions in the field of health, wellbeing and integration of the elder. This data suggests the key paper of science and the professionals who work with this section of the population. United Nations and the World Health Organization have developed important Action Plans to face this challenge which reflects the strong implication Psychogerontology shall have.

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