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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!

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.”

Veerle van der Klei


Veerle van der Klei

“As a medical student I had often encountered interesting cases of both vital and vulnerable elderly."

"The master Vitality and Aging was the perfect opportunity for me to learn more about this rapidly growing patient population, to expand my academic background.”

Master Vitality & Ageing - LUMC & Leiden University

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Programme Vitality & Ageing

The master’s Vitality and ageing is a one year programme characterised by 3 major value’s:


  • The master’s is designed for students from various health related Bachelor’s. Visit the entry requirements page to see the diverse admissible Bachelor’s backgrounds.
  • The courses are thematised in various perspectives regarding to the unprecedented growth of senior citizens (biological, individual and societal).
  • The master’s coordinators and teachers are collaborations between the faculties of Medicine, Social sciences, Governance and Global Affairs (The Hague).


  • English spoken master’s
  • International study contents and materials (lectures, research designs, papers etc.)
  • International students
  • Dutch students are motivated to study abroad


Older adults are part of the programme of Vitality and Ageing in numerous ways:

  • Participation as an advisory board: Older adults advise the master’s staff about the programme’s content.
  • Teaching and practising: Older adults are invited to give lectures and participate in the curriculum.
  • Co-Creation: Older adults collaborate with students on their innovation projects.

Interested? Read more about the structure of our programme.

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