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Health, Ageing and Society (MSc)

About the programme

The quality of the care for our senior citizens could be improved. With an eye for the biological, social and management aspects, this Master’s programme provides important insights for improvements. The Master’s in Health, Ageing and Society starts you thinking, puts you to work and gives direction to your career.

Master’s programme in Health, Ageing and Society

The Master’s is characterised by three major values:

Interdisciplinary

  • Students and professionals enter from different health related studies. There is a list of degrees we consider, but we are certainly also open to degrees that are not quite health related; diverse insights enrich our imaginations.
  • The courses are given on topics and perspectives on the unprecedented growth in the number of older citizens in our western societies. Viewed from biological, social and management aspects.
  • Our Master’s seeks coordinators and lecturers from the medical, social and public administration faculties.

Intergenerational

Senior citizens play an important role in the Master’s programme:

  • Senior citizens play an important role on our advisory board. They advise on substantive issues.
  • Older people actively participate in the education and in innovative projects.

International

  • The language of instruction for the Master’s is English.
  • International study material is used.
  • The Master’s is very suitable for international students who would like to learn about the Dutch healthcare system and want to study in The Netherlands for a year, or two years if you want to follow the parttime programme.
  • Dutch students are encouraged to seek internships abroad.

If you would like to know more, have a look at the structure of our programme.

Angelika Gilli

Student

Angelika Gilli

"I wanted to broaden my horizon in the field of ageing. Since this Master offers very different points of views it is actually more than my expectations were."

Eva Edam

Student

Eva Edam

"Before beginning my clinical rotations, I wanted to have a useful gapyear. This one-year master’s programme really stood out to me because of it’s broad curriculum. Besides that, I wanted to learn more about all the aspects of ageing."

Esther Werkman

Student

Esther Werkman

"A highlight for me is that older individuals are involved in the study programme. They sometimes give feedback for assignments, or we interview them to learn more about their experience. I think this is very valuable."

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