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LUMC Master’s programme in Vitality and Ageing updated and fully funded from 1 September

From 1 September, the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) will be offering a fully funded regular Master’s programme in Vitality and Ageing.

Causes and consequences of ageing

Dutch people are living longer. The one-year English-taught Master’s programme in Vitality and Ageing is intended for students with a broad interest in the causes and consequences of ageing. This Master’s programme was formerly only available as a non-funded study programme. The updated version will begin at the LUMC in the next academic year.

Small-scale international Master’s programme

Dean Pancras Hogendoorn is pleased with the new Master’s programme. ‘This Master’s programme is an asset to the regular track. It keys into a very important theme: our ageing population.’ His enthusiasm is shared by Professor Jacobijn Gussekloo, the programme director. ‘Our small-scale international Master’s programme gives students the opportunity to focus for one year on the theme of ageing. This theme is considered from a number of different perspectives: the biological, medical, psychological and social. An important aspect is vitality in older people, and how to preserve it. The ten-week internship familiarises our students with their future professional field.’


The new Master’s programme is open to students who, in the last three years, have completed a Bachelor’s programme in Medicine, Biomedical Sciences or Health Sciences, or the Health track at Leiden University College.

Students who have completed another relevant Bachelor’s programme are invited to apply here. The Board of Admissions assesses whether students meet the entry requirements.

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