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Vitality and Ageing (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 Vitality and Ageing starts you thinking, puts you to work and gives direction to your career.

Jodie Dekker

Student V&A and Medicine

Jodie Dekker

“We all know older individuals, but do you réally talk with them? About things like daily life, innovation and end of life?”

“After my Bachelor’s in Medicine, I had a long wait before I could start with my medical internship. To fill up this time usefully, I decided to look for a Master’s to complement my knowledge in the medical field. This is how I stumbled upon the Master Vitality & Ageing.

The programme helped me to better understand my future patients and ask for their wishes, needs and views on situations. It teaches me valuable and exceptional lessons which I take to heart to become a better doctor.”

Merel Vangeel


Merel Vangeel

“I realised that the current healthcare system is not adapted to the needs of the older patients, whereas the majority of all hospitalised patients are older adults."

"Therefore, I’m determined to innovate the healthcare system to suit the needs of an ageing population.” 

Ephrem Tesfay


Ephrem Tesfay

“I am from a country with no formal care system for elderly people, I want to change that."

"To study in the international environment of the Master’s Vitality and Ageing will equip me with knowledge, new perspectives and skills to make the translation in my home country.”

Master’s programme in Vitality and Ageing

The Master’s is characterised by three major values:


  • 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.


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.


  • The language of instruction for the Master’s is English.
  • International study material is used.
  • The Master’s is very suitable for international students, also because of the possibility of following the master’s remotely.
  • Dutch students are encouraged to seek work placements abroad.

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

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