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Health, Ageing and Society (MSc)


From now on, the Master's Vitality and Ageing will be called Health, Ageing and Society. In terms of content, the programme of this international interdisciplinary Master's at Leiden University remains the same. The new name better covers the content of the programme and thus enhances recognition for students and professional in the working field.

Publication date: October 16, 2023

Why a new name?

Programme director Jacobijn Gussekloo says: "We are very happy to have received approval for the new name. Health, Ageing and Society covers the broad content and character of the programme. ‘Health’ positions the Master’s programme to healthcare related fields; ‘Ageing’ indicates the different perspectives on ageing the programme covers. ‘Ageing’ also concerns the Master’s target group; ‘Society’ refers to the organisation and management part of the programme.”  

Jacobijn continues: “The name also refers to the social challenge we face as a society. Students, professionals from the field and older people felt that the name Vitality and Ageing did not give a clear picture of the different perspectives on old age which is taught in the programme. The new name came about with the cooperation of students, alumni, LUMC staff, lecturers and members of the Noord Zuid-Holland Elderly Council. 

Next week, the recruitment campaign with the new name and corresponding new logo will start!"

About the international Master's programme

In 2015, the international Master's programme Vitality and Ageing has been added to the LUMC portfolio of funded programmes. Some 150 students have graduated since the start of the programme. Students can choose whether to follow the one-year full-time variant or the two-year part-time programme. The latter is mainly intended for professionals in the working field. The programme focuses on future-proof healthcare. A need for a different view on care arises, in which autonomy is an important core value. Of course, the increase in the number of elderly people and the changing workforce play an important role. In the programme, students learn to creatively and inventively explore new possibilities and come up with solutions, often in collaboration with the elderly. The programme trains students to become the policy-makers, researchers, quality officers and doctors of the future.

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