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Vitality and Ageing (MSc)

About the programme

Would you like to enhance the lives of older people? Increasing your knowledge of the biological, individual and societal aspects of vitality and ageing will form the ideal preparation for a key role in brightening the future of our ageing society!

Elise Verbeek

Master student Vitality and Ageing

Elise Verbeek

"The main reason I chose the master Vitality & Ageing was to broaden my horizon. Due to our ever-growing aging society, elderly are an extremely hot topic. However, there are still a lot of unanswered questions regarding the problems older individuals have to deal with."

"Furthermore, the master addresses different qualities, making it extremely diverse. By combining our knowledge on a biological, individual and societal level, it will hopefully bring us a step closer towards healthy ageing."

Silayan Bertomeu Aguiñot

Master student Vitality and Ageing

Silayan Bertomeu Aguiñot

"My favourite aspect of the Vitality and Ageing master’s program is its wholesomeness. It has enabled me to discover my strengths, limitations, and true interests as a student and individual."

"Through its different courses in research and evidence, communication in science, and academic development, I have taken part in moral deliberations, interactive debates, visits to nursing homes and interviews with elderly people (and more), that have better helped me understand the career I want to pursue."

Bente de Koeijer

Master student Vitality and Ageing

Bente de Koeijer

“I chose this master’s because it offers a holistic view on elderly people and their needs, with a positive approach."

"I enjoyed the module “the Older Individual” the most, because we got to put our knowledge and ideas into practice by thinking of an innovation to meet the needs of elderly people. After this master’ I hope to pursue a career in geriatric research.”

Programme overview

The masters Vitality and Ageing is a one-year programme combining knowledge courses with educational lines.  

Interactive courses
The interactive courses include the State-of-the-Art knowledge on ageing sciences, divided in the following themes: 

  • Future Perspectives 
  • The Biology of Vitality and Ageing 
  • The Older Individual 
  • The Organisation of the Ageing Society 
  • Science and Career

Educational lines 
The educational lines involve extensive trainings during the whole year, where the development of your transferable academic skills will be central. These transferable academic skills will enable you to become a successful researcher and policy maker e.g. The educational lines involves the courses: 

  • Communication in Science
  • Research and Evidence
  • Academic Development

To complete the masters, a master thesis will have to be written during an internship of your choice, which can be followed either inside or outside the Netherlands. The masters has a broad international network of possible partners for the internship destinations abroad. Depending on the chosen research topic, internships can be followed in the areas of biomedical studies, social sciences or for example a governmental environment.

Tuition methods

An overview of the diverse scale of tuition methods used  in the masters Vitality and Ageing: 

  • Interactive lectures 
  • Guest lectures of (inter)national experts
  • Working groups 
  • Tutor groups
  • Personal mentoring in career orientation 
  • Orientation visits (Ministry of Health, Research funding companies e.g.) 

Examination methods:

  • Written exams 
  • Scientific, innovation and policy papers
  • Serious game 
  • Individual assignments
  • Group assignments 
  • Assignments on academic writing, presenting and debating

Student support services

For the duration of the master’s programme, you will be allocated a personal mentor. The purpose of such mentoring is to further your personal development by challenging you to formulate your ambitions and reflect on how your needs relate to those ambitions. The Master Vitality and Ageing also has a dedicated study advisor Lucia Creveld, to answer personal-, study- and career-related questions.

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