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Health, Ageing and Society (MSc)

Ready for change

‘Health, Ageing and Society’ is the new name for the Master’s Vitality and Ageing. We are ready for change – are you?! The name reflects the broad contents of the study and it better reflects what the programme stands for. Approximately 150 students have graduated since the start of the programme in 2016. Will you be next?! In the coming months we will be updating our website. We have already added some new video’s and the new yearbook (2022-‘23). Also copies of the three main course books will be available soon. We hope you enjoy reading and watching, and hope to see you at one of our information activities

Future challenges of today’s healthcare systems

This inspiring master’s programme is filled to the brim with ideas for the future, co-creation, and health management. Through an interdisciplinary vision, you are given insight into the best ways to age gracefully and stay healthy. In addition, the curriculum sheds light on what people can do once this is no longer an option. Working closely together with a small group of (international) students, you will focus on future-proof healthcare and a healthy society. Tomorrow’s senior citizens will demand a different kind of healthcare, one that centres on autonomy and making their own decisions. Your creativity and resourcefulness will help to find new policy opportunities.

 

With this master’s degree, you will not just be helping the elderly. You will also work together with senior citizens, discussing and exploring possible solutions for the near future and beyond. In close consultation with senior citizens, we will examine whether these plans can deliver the goals that they need.

Why our students chose our Master’s

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Programme

The Health, Ageing and Society master’s degree programme will prepare you for an important role in the innovation of our healthcare system’s future. Medical care offers more and more options. However, ageing gracefully requires much more than healthcare alone. Quality of life, autonomy, independence, an active social life, and happiness are closely interrelated. Therefore, it is important to have a close network of dedicated professionals and volunteers (medical, care, social) who actively reach out to family, friends, informal caregivers, and/or neighbours.

These challenges are investigated using various methods, including literature search, qualitative and quantitative research, as well as comparison of the experience gained in organizations and companies or during meetings with senior citizens. Further details on the programme are available on our website.

One or two years of study?

There are two options to study this master's. If you choose the one-year, full-time programme, you will spend three days a week on campus for face-to-face lectures, in Leiden, and one day a week taking online lectures. One day a week is reserved for independent study.

Alternatively, you can spread the course subjects and study load over two years. This creates the opportunity to study the degree part-time, leaving time for a job or another study. Every Friday, there are on-campus seminars and lectures which you are expected to attend. The other days of the week are spent studying independently and watching recordings of lectures. 

Master Health, Ageing and Society

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Reasons to choose the Health, Ageing and Society master’s programme

There are plenty of reasons why you can choose to follow our master's programme:

  • Our master’s programme thrives and grows, nurtured by diversity, and we welcome motivated students and professionals from (nearly) all disciplines and schools of thought.
  • Apply for our master’s programme and enjoy a close, international, and interdisciplinary environment that allows you to broaden your horizon.
  • The interdisciplinary approach, this new way of thinking can be applied to many other areas.
  • You will gain insight into individual and social aspects of ageing gracefully.
  • You love to find solutions to challenges. You are eager to create innovations and implement them the way an entrepreneur would. We will encourage you to exploit the knowledge gained.
  • Our master’s programme offers opportunities for personal as well as professional development.
  • We focus our attention on senior citizens, so experience or affinity with eldercare is an asset although not a prerequisite.
  • You want to pursue a second master’s degree to expand and broaden your knowledge.
  • The most important reason: You have ideas on how to improve healthcare in our society in the future and you want to play a role in achieving this. You are an entrepreneur at heart and innovation is your middle name.

If this appeals to you, you are welcome to apply!

Learn in interactive working groups in an interdisciplinairy and internationally environment

Characteristics of the Health, Ageing and Society master’s programme

A mix of cultures, languages, and people
Our students are diverse in culture and background. You will attend interactive seminars, studying in an interdisciplinary and international environment. Together, you will find solutions to the challenges of the future, experiencing the value of this collective approach. An international approach is encouraged as a matter of course. Examples include the guest lectures by international experts, the annual study visits to the Max Planck Institute in Cologne and to the European Parliament in Brussels, and research into the healthcare systems of your international peers. Finally, many students choose to do their research internship abroad.

With and for all ages
The Health, Ageing and Society master’s programme offers a valuable expansion of knowledge and insight for students as well as experienced professionals from the broad field of healthcare. There is a wide mix of ages and levels of experience, offering the added value of a fresh approach combined with dedicated experience in the field. In addition, senior citizens are involved in the curriculum in various ways; as members of the advisory council, as participants in the lectures, and taking part in innovation projects together with the students.

International perspective
When it comes to elderly care, our country leads the way. Our master’s programme offers international students a unique opportunity to learn more about the Dutch views, systems, and challenges, and to compare them with healthcare systems in other countries. Do the systems match up or are they totally different? Finding the answer to this question will lead to surprising new questions, remarkable perspectives, new insights and solutions.

The power of intensive guidance and small groups
Our students appreciate the master’s programme for its personalized study methods and its small-group, international set-up. Students with various bachelor backgrounds set out to study and work in small groups to do their assignments under intensive guidance.

Follow inspiring co-creation sessions to develop your innovations.

Prizes

A proud master
For three consecutive years, the Vitality & Ageing (former name of Health, Ageing and Society) master’s programme has been awarded top rankings and high praise in the NSE, the Dutch National Students Survey for ambience and lecturers. More than 80% of the students indicate to choose the study again. 

Obviously, you can rely on reviews of former students, but the programme offers much more than that with its future-oriented, interdisciplinary, and personal approach. We study together, work together, and find opportunities for the future. Our programme combines various perspectives, ranging from biological to psychological and from social to economic aspects. It offers an integral vision on happiness, good health and vitality, recovery, and what to do when all of these options are exhausted. It presents a great challenge in healthcare and healthcare management.

We have set up a broad range of informative activities for students considering starting the Master’s in Health, Ageing and Society:

Further details

For further details, please visit the other pages of our website.

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