Doctor of Philosophy (Gerontology)

Singapore University of Social Sciences
Program overview
33-7 Years
Full time
Doctorate / PhD

Start dates
Singapore (City)
January 2024

Singapore (City)
January 2025

Singapore (City)
January 2026
Doctor of Philosophy (Gerontology)

About this program

Doctor of Philosophy (Gerontology)

The rapidly ageing population in Singapore and the concomitant need for trained professionals in the health, social and psychological services have given rise to an imperative need for graduate Certificate in Gerontology, Graduate Diploma in Gerontology, Master of Gerontology and PhD in Gerontology programmes. As the needs of elder people are specialised, dedicated attention within the training to address specific characteristics such as the ageing process demands interdisciplinary courses in Gerontology.

Singapore University of Social Sciences' Master of Gerontology, with Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and PhD option are the first in Singapore to offer holistic training for a rewarding career in the eldercare and silver sector. Graduates from the Programme will have acquired advanced knowledge and skills to be leaders and consultants in the field of gerontology. They will be prepared to perform challenging roles and functions in both government and private sectors.

The PhD programme will have a balance of content knowledge, research skills training, and intense supervision by experts who would hone the deep skills and knowledge of the student. Practice or applied research areas would be emphasised so that effective solutions may be distilled through scientific rigorous research. The issues related to ageing and ageing populations within the Asian context will be highlighted throughout the programme. This will distinguish the programme, and attract individuals in the region seeking to obtain a doctoral degree in gerontology.

There is recognition in the industry as well as in government ministries that gerontology has much to offer for policy, research and practice. There is a demand for highly competent professionals, who have multidisciplinary training and approach, in industry, academia and research institutes, and the doctoral graduates of the proposed programme can help to fill the gap.

Admission requirements

General Requirements

  • Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution.
  • For SUSS graduate programmes that are conducted in the English Language, you must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement.
    • at least an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5, or a TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based) or 85 (internet-based), or a PTE Academic score of 58, or C1 Advanced score of 180 [score must be obtained within the last 2 years at point of application].
  • Applicants with an undergraduate degree that was conducted in English but awarded by a non-English medium university must produce an official letter from the university to certify as such in order to seek waiver of the ELPR requirement.

In addition, applicants will need to meet these minimum requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree, preferably with a Second Class Honours and above in a relevant discipline from a reputable university or equivalent qualification; and
  • A master's degree or its equivalent; and
  • A minimum of two years of work experience

Applicants are also required to furnish the below documents when applying for the programme:

  • A personal statement of interest and reasons for choosing this programme - 500 words
  • A research proposal - 4,000 words (including references)

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Program content


  • Ageing and Society in Asia
  • Lifespan Development and Psychology of Ageing
  • Physiology and Healthcare
  • Social Policy in Gerontology
  • Advanced Topics in Gerontology
  • Dissertation


  • Applied Research in Gerontology
  • Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis
  • Statistics and Data Analysis

Program delivery

Unique Features of the Programme

  • It adopts a multidisciplinary perspective
  • Focus on the Asian context
  • Blend of practical and theoretical emphasis highlighting applied research

Most importantly, what distinguishes the programme from others are that:

  • There are frequent tie-ups with industry partners which can help students establish valuable networks;
  • Students are often informed of industry activities and even have a chance to be involved in them due to our amicable relationships with our partners;
  • Students are able to do various applied projects to solve community issues together with our partners;
  • Students are able to attend international dialogues with scholars and practitioners who are passionate about ageing matters.

Career paths

Opportunities for social workers, sociologists, counsellors, care managers, allied health professionals such as nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, architects and financial consultants to lead in the silver sector are expanding. The degree programme prepares these and other professionals to play a significant role in academia, health and social services, urban planning and infrastructure, and the silver industry.

About this institute

Singapore University of Social Sciences

SUSS is a university with a rich heritage in inspiring lifelong education and transforming society through social sciences. We develop work-ready graduates and work-adaptive alumni to their fullest potential through our 3H’s education philosophy – ‘Head’ for professional competency with...

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Why study at Singapore University of Social Sciences

The SUSS Difference

Inclusive Education 

Proud to be Singapore’s first institute for lifelong learning, we champion inclusivity to bring education to all regardless of their age, qualification, experience, background – fresh school-leavers, working adults, or silver learners. Our broad admission criteria for our lifelong learners partaking in our diverse learning environment ensure that they are given equal opportunities to develop to their fullest potential throughout life.

Experiential & Applied Learning 

Grounded in our core philosophy of ‘Head, Heart, Habit’ (3H), we continually develop well-rounded future talents who are professionally competent, socially conscious, and lifelong learners with a heart to impact lives. We build experiential and applied learning to enliven and enrich our student experience through a host of global learning programmes, internships, entrepreneurship and service learning projects as well as student-led expeditions to provide a holistic education that nurtures empathy, broadens contextual understanding and deepens perspectives.

Passion for Society

Beyond the individual, our social emphasis focuses on teaching and practising sciences in the service of society *. Our core curriculum, applicable to all our programmes, inculcates this core knowledge and understanding about emerging issues in the society in all our students and how they can play a role in their professional practice and community.

*This refers to the understanding and management of social impact, in relation to societal systems, people within those systems, and science and technology.

Contact info

Singapore University of Social Sciences

Singapore University of Social Sciences 463 Clementi Road
599494 Singapore

Phone no: +65 6248 9777


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