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Vitality and Ageing (MSc)

A brighter career

The Master's Vitality and Ageing provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to become an academic professional who is capable of improving the care and welfare of older people in ageing societies. You will be able to contribute to solutions for the challenges facing an ageing society.

Nienke van Doesburg

Student

Nienke van Doesburg

“I chose this master’s programme because I‘ve been fascinated by health and the healthcare sector since I was a child, and I wanted to broaden my knowledge about vitality and ageing."

"While working as a carer in a nursing home, I was confronted by many different facets of the aging process, such as the biological problems of ageing, old people’s social networks and the repercussions of governmental decisions. During the programme we mainly discussed healthcare reorganisations, budgets and the consequences of ageing.”

Lisa van Tol

Student

Lisa van Tol

"In high school I decided that I wanted to focus on health, but not become a doctor. I wanted to focus on positive health and on quality of life, on how to enjoy life as much as possible, more than on striving for perfect health at all costs."

Amber Schoenmakers

Student

Amber Schoenmakers

"I'm intrigued by the ageing process. Ageing the most universal phenomenon in the word. However, we all age differently (heterogeneously). In addition, our lifespan enhances. Following the statistic we all have the chance to live longer than our ancestors. Isn't it amazing to have more time to live?! Living longer as a population brings challenges. There are so many questions in various perspectives of ageing in the biological, individual, societal context. This intrigues me even more. I want to know how we can age and stay vital."

Career opportunities

Alumni of the Master’s Vitality and Ageing start their careers in various academic positions. They mostly kick-off their careers as researcher, policy maker, innovator or continue with their medical career.

After completing the Master's Vitality and Ageing programme you’ll be perfectly positioned to start a scientific career as (junior) researcher or PhD canditate. This Master’s programme will be an ideal preparation. Not only will it help you develop excellent skills in scientific writing and other scientific communication techniques, it will also acquaint you with the latest scientific research in the field. Furthermore, you’ll be able to expand your international network of scientists in the field of vitality and ageing.

A Scientific Career: Junior Researcher

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Many national and internationalorganisations and governments have realised that our ageing society demands a new type of expert. Thanks to its international focus on how to better organise the ageing society, this master’s programme constitutes the perfect stepping stone towards a career in healthcare organisations or governmental and non-governmental organisations, as a consultant or advisor for example.

A Policy career: Junior Programme Officer

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The future of medicine is evolving, since the average age of patients admitted to hospital is 68 years, and expected to rise. Therefore, the amount of older adults in the daily activities of every medical specialism will increase. In combination with the Medical School, the Master Vitality and Ageing forms an excellent supplement to your further medical education.

A Medical career: Medical Student

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What else?

Over the last 5 years our alumni have proven to make a difference in the field of vitality and ageing. Here's a list of more career examples:

  • Policy officer at Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports (VWS)
  • Quality advisor in Nursing Home organisation
  • Consultant healthcare
  • Research assistant at Alzheimer Centre
  • Project manager in Nursing Home organisation
  • Traineeship at Healthcare Insurer
  • Support specialist at Healthcare Tech company
  • PhD trajectories (from biology to policy)

Master Vitality and Ageing in Leiden: Alumni Stories

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