“I’m too set in my ways”. “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. Even the celebrated mind of Aristotle argued against the prospect of continuing learning into old age when he likened the mind to a wax tablet, which changes from soft to brittle and becomes harder to form impressions. However, in Aristotle’s day, a little thing called neuroplasticity hadn’t quite been realised.
Neuroplasticity means the mind can adapt, rebuild itself, and even recover from illness or injury. It refers to the ability of the brain to rewire itself, based on every experience and stimulus. It is believed that, at some level, every experience we go through rewires the brain somehow. Because of this, ‘lifelong learning’ means just that. Regardless of your prior education, it is possible to continuously nurture your understanding well into old age.
The benefits of continuing to learn into old age have been proven time and again, both by science and some of our mature students. Not only does it ward off the kind of mental decline usually associated with old age, but it is also a great way to achieve a long-held ambition.
Many of our programmes appeal to older professionals, aiming to make a change in their career or add to their skills. Their flexible online delivery has aided many busy professionals unable to make the necessary, regular attendance at a physical, brick and mortar campus – but this remote delivery via our online platform enables greater accessibility for a range of lifestyles, including those with physical impairments, or busy grandparents.
Your learning goals can be met whether your ambitions extend to a change in careers, improving your current position by learning the skills to make your role easier or earn you that promotion, or simply studying in an area you hold a great deal of interest in.
Whether you’re following your entrepreneurial dreams with a Global MBA, nurturing nest eggs with MA Finance and Investment or our Dual MA and MSc Finance and Investment, or hoping to expand with Dual MA and MSc Strategic Marketing, there is no upper age limit preventing you from studying any of our programmes, so you’ll need to find a better excuse for not achieving your dream.