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Gerontological Sciences, M.Res.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #195 (QS) ,
The Research Master in Gerontological Sciences offers a specific training trajectory to those excellent students who want to build up an academic career in the field of Gerontology. The program also provides an ideal preparation for starting a PhD in the domain of Gerontology.

About

The courses in the programme can be divided into two themes: gerontology and research methodology. The former focuses on the biological, biomedical, psychological and social aspects of gerontology, making you an expert in the field. The latter offers you skills to do research in the field of gerontology.

The foundations will be discussed in a package of course units that provides a thorough Bio-Psycho-social concept of Gerontological Sciences. Students will identify a topic at the end of the first semester of the first year, on which substantive work will continue under the supervision of a promoter through the master curriculum. Although this might implicate a certain degree of ‘specialisation’ in a certain domain of the Gerontological Sciences, most – if not all – research projects in which the students will be involved have a typical interdisciplinary character. Given the nature of this programme and the intensive coaching, daily presence on campus is required.

During the Research Master of Gerontological Sciences, the students will write two articles (one review article in the first year and one original research article in the second year) and submit them for publication in an international peer-reviewed journal. In addition, they will have to deliver a research proposal for a doctoral fellowship at the end of the first semester of the second year, which may be submitted in one of the known channels (FWO doctoral fellowship, SBO doctoral grant ...).

Programme Structure

The courses in the programme can be divided into two themes: gerontology and research methodology. The former focuses on the biological, biomedical, psychological and social aspects of gerontology, making the student an expert in this multidisciplinary field. The latter teaches the student skills to do research in the field of gerontology.Learning outcomes:The Research Master of Gerontological Sciences has knowledge and understanding of:1. the scientific basis of the existing gerontological theories and areas of implementation2. the different perspectives within the gerontological sciences3. the methodological principles inherent in the gerontological research domain4. the ethical aspects of scientific research in the field of Gerontology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Students who require a visa (non-EU/EEA nationals): Apply before 1 AprilStudents who do not require a visa: Apply before 1 September
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Credits
    120 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

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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General Requirements

Academic requirements

The Research Master of Gerontological Sciences is aimed at students with an academic Bachelor or Master degree:

  • Bachelor of Political Sciences and Sociology specialization Sociology Minor Management, Care and Policy in Gerontology (VUB);
  • Bachelor in a field relevant to Gerontology (Social Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Psychology, Physical Education and Kinesiology,  Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, …);
  • Preparatory Programme in Management, Care and Policy in Gerontology (VUB)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3243 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3243 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    939 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 939 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Brussels

  • 885 - 1310 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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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