Research Master of Science in Gerontological Sciences

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
On campus
19 September 2023
Application deadline: Non-EEA students: before 1 April; EEA students: before 1 September

About this program

Research Master of Science in Gerontological Sciences

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.

The courses in our 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. At the end of your very first semester, you will choose a topic on which to continue substantive work under the supervision of a promoter through the master's curriculum.

Students will have the opportunity to get embedded in ongoing interdisciplinary research projects of our associated research groups such as the Frailty in Ageing (FRIA) research group.

Admission requirements

Academic requirements:

Ideally you have one of the following academic bachelor's or master's degrees:

    • Bachelor of Political Sciences and Sociology, specialisation 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).

Language requirements:

Proof of English proficiency is compulsory and can be documented by the following certificates (provided by the institution):

  • having successfully completed secondary or higher education with English as the sole language of instruction;
  • having successfully completed Belgian secondary education;
  • A language test: TOEFL IBT (min. 79), IELTS (min. 6.5), ITACE (min. B2) or Cambridge English (min. scale score 170) are accepted.

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Program content

  • Master Classes Statistics (Quantitative & Qualitative)
  • Writing a Research Application Part 1
  • Organisational and Intercultural Aspects of Ageing
  • Biological and Biomedical Fundaments of Ageing
  • Psychological Fundaments of Ageing
  • Social Fundaments of Ageing
  • Ethics Related to Ageing
  • Systematic Literature Review Part 1
  • Systematic Literature Review Part 2
  • Clinimetrics and Comprehensive Gerontological Assessment
  • Master Thesis Part 1


  • EEA students: 1,092 Euro per year.

  • Non-EEA students: 3,620 Euro per year.

Continuing studies

The Research Master in Gerontological Sciences paves the way for a successful doctorate in Gerontology by providing theoretical, but also methodological knowledge and skills for research into ageing and older people.

Career paths

PhD holders in Gerontology can be engaged in the various universities as a postdoc fellow or a senior academic staff. The university is obviously not the only place where research is conducted. In addition, PhD holders in Gerontology can be engaged in policy functions and doctorate holders are desired in services from the welfare and health care that focus on innovation, quality, development and implementation of clinical pathways and guidelines and / or research.

Furthermore, the employment opportunities can also be found in various centres of excellence (for example, centre of excellence in dementia care), policy support centres, umbrella organizations and private research centres. These less traditional sectors require tasks such as data analysis as well as advisers, consultants, etc. to function. Besides the universities and scientific institutions, industries are also an increasingly important market for PhD holders. It is considered, therefore, that PhD holders in Gerontology would fit perfectly in R&D departments of large companies.

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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Being a medium-sized university has its advantages. First of all, it allows frequent personal contact between students, professors and teaching assistants. This is part of a real direct contact culture that is well embedded within the university. Additionally, students are strongly encouraged to interact with each other through group assignments within the curriculum and through the various extracurricular activities.

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VUB offers a full range of programmes taught in English where the key concept is flexibility. A system of majors and minors enables students to plan and personalise their curriculum in a way that best meets their interests.

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It is important to VUB to help students familiarise themselves with university life and to provide good guidance. Educational counsellors and study advisers provide students with personalised study guidance on a range of topics. The International Relations office provides students with information on university life and facilitates their integration by organising cultural, social and sports activities with student associations. They also provide information on administrative aspects regarding living in Belgium.

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