Gerontological Sciences, M.Sc.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    1450
    Tuition (Year)
    230
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language

About

The Master in Gerontological Sciences offers a broad spectrum of scientific aspects, in a multidisciplinary approach, that is essential to understand the field of Gerontology. The program focuses on the classically recognised three pillars of this field:

  1. The bio-medical basis underlying the ageing process

  2. The psychological aspects of ageing and of the elderly person

  3. The socio-economic and health policy aspects

The ageing of the society, first noticed in the industrialised world, is now a worldwide phenomenon. Major international organisations, such as the World Health Organisation, consider the ageing population as one of the major topics that need immediate and thorough attention. People working in various domains, who come into contact with elderly persons, have felt the need to improve their knowledge of the ageing process and of the needs, limitations and potential of the elderly person.

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel has recognised this need for competent professionals and organises a specialist training in Gerontology at the master level since the early 1980's. Initially, this training was focused upon the Belgian situation. More and more, however, it is recognised that there is a worldwide need for training in this field.

Accreditation

NVAO accredited programme

Programme Structure

The Master in Gerontological Sciences offers a broad spectrum of scientific aspects, in a multidisciplinary approach, that is essential to understand the field of Gerontology. The program focuses on the classically recognised three pillars of this field:

  1. The bio-medical basis underlying the ageing process
  2. The psychological aspects of ageing and of the elderly person
  3. The socio-economic and health policy aspects

The Master in Gerontological Sciences has the following objectives:

• To teach students the theoretical knowledge of the various aspects of Gerontology

• Starting from the principles of 'free inquiry', to promote critical reflection on current gerontological problems

• To form students who are able to perform research in one of the domains of the

gerontological sciences

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Blended
    • Time flexibility
      Semi-structured
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B): 193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 550

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 80

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

The MaGS is accessible for:

Students already possessing a Master degree, obtained at an officially recognized university. This Master diploma should refer to a discipline for which Gerontology can make a substantial contribution.

In some cases, students having a professional bachelor degree can be accepted, provided,

  1. They can document a relevant professional experience in a domain for which gerontological information can be useful
  2. They can demonstrate having the knowledge necessary to follow the MaGS. Specifically, attestation is required for Statistics at the graduate level.
Language requirements

All prospective students need to provide a proof of sufficient knowledge of English by meeting one of the following criteria:

  • a diploma of secondary or higher education where English was the language of instruction
  • having successfully completed at least one school year of secondary education where English was the language of instruction
  • having successfully completed course units in higher education with a minimum total of 54 study credits where English was the language of instruction
  • having successfully completed ASO secondary education in Belgium
  • having successfully completed one of the following language tests
    • TOEFL: 213 computer-based, 80 internet-based
    • IELS: minimum level academic module 6,5
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), grade B
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), grade C
    • Interuniversity Test of Academic English (ITACE) with a minimal level of B2 of the Common European Framework

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 1450 International
  • EUR 230 EU/EEA

Funding

Scholarships
The Vrije Universiteit Brussel participates in many scholarship programmes offering grants to all levels of study (from Bachelor – Academic Staff), in various regions, both for short and longer stays. To find out if you are eligible for one of our scholarship programmes, please check the website
  • www.vub.ac.be/en/scholarships

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