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Master in Gerontological Sciences

General.

Description.

Objectives of the Master in Gerontological Sciences.

Who can start?

Domains (bachelor degree) from which students can be accepted for registration in the Master in Gerontological Sciences.

Applications & registration fee.

The program Master in Gerontological Sciences.

Contact us.

Research in Gerontology at the VUB.

Publications

Team

 

 

 

General.

This one year Master program is open for an international public of academically schooled professionals who want to improve their knowledge of the ageing process, both at the individual and at the society level.

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Description.

The ageing of the society 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 (see also http://www.who.int/ageing).

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 Brussels (VUB) has recognised this need for competent professionals and is organising since the early 1980's a specialist training in Gerontology at the master level.

In 2009 the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of the VUB will start with a Master in Gerontological Sciences (MaGS) that will be open for an international public of students, having already a Master degree (or equivalent knowledge; see below for the conditions of admittance).

In a one year program of 60 ECTS, the Master in Gerontological Sciences presents in a multidisciplinary approach, the broad spectrum of scientific aspects that is essential to understand the field of Gerontology.

The program focuses upon 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; and
  3. the socio-economic and health policy aspects.

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Objectives of the Master in Gerontological Sciences.

The MaGS has the following objectives

  • to teach the theoretical knowledge of the various aspects of Gerontology;
  • starting from the principles of free examination, to promote critical reflection on present day gerontological problems;
  • to form students who are able to perform research in one of the domains of the gerontological sciences.

 

More specifically, upon finishing the MaGS, students

  • know and understand present-day gerontological theories and their fields of application, and are able to read the scientific literature in a critical and independent way;
  • master theories and application fields of the various domains of Gerontology and are able to apply them in a critical manner, specifically as a researcher;
  • are able to interpret and evaluate scientific and policy reports;
  • develop a scientific attitude specifically towards the gerontological sciences: being able to contribute to the gerontological research and/or to to perform gerontological research independently in at least one of the domains of Gerontology;
  • are able to reflect scientifically and to analyse gerontological problems;
  • are able to report independently on their own research, practice or study of the literature.

We distinguish three professional roles:

  • The gerontologist as scientist, researcher;
  • The gerontologist as expert and innovator in gerontological aspects of health and needs of the elderly person;
  • The gerontologist as communicator at the micro-, meso- and macro level.

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Who can start?

The Master in Gerontological Sciences is open 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, and (2) they can demonstrate having the knowledge necessary to follow the Master in Gerontological Sciences.

Students, who are not native English speakers, have to demonstrate that they have sufficient knowledge of the English language in order to follow the lectures. They have to fulfil the VUB language requirements, (see art. 28 of VUB regulations):

    • having obtained a score on the TOEFL test of at least 213 (computer version), or 550 (paper version); or
    • having obtained a score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS test; or
    • having followed graduate courses in English and having obtained at least 60 ECTS credits; or
    • having followed one year of secondary school or at least the complete primary school in English.

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    Applications & registration fee.

    See this webpage for all information concerning your application.

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    The program Master in Gerontological Sciences.

     

    Master in Gerontological Sciences

    Semester

    Credits

    Ethics related to ageing

    2

    3

    Quantitative and qualitative research methods in Gerontology

    1

    6

    Intercultural aspects of gerontology and geriatrics

    1

    3

    Biological gerontology:

    1

    9

      - Biological aspects and ageing

     

     

      - Clinical (psycho)geriatrics and gerontology

     

     

      - Neurophysiological aspects of ageing

     

     

    Comprehensive Gerontological Assessment

    2

    6

    Psychological gerontology:

    2

    9

      - Lifespan and developmental psychology

     

     

      - Psychosocial counselling (communication, end  of life, ….)

     

     

      - Psychological aspects and ageing (cognition, sensegiving, ….)

     

     

    Social gerontology:

    1+2

    9

      - Adult education and education for seniors

     

     

      - Micro  aspects

     

     

      - Macro aspects

     

     

    Master Thesis

    1+2

    15

     

     

    60

    See also pages at VUB-website

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    Contact us.

    Master in Gerontological Sciences
    Vrije Universiteit Brussels
    Faculty of Medicine & Pharmacy
    Laarbeeklaan 103
    B-1090 Brussels
    Belgium

    Tel: +32 2 477 4208
    Fax: +32 2 477 6364
    Email: mags@vub.ac.be

     

    Gerontologie

     

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    Research in Gerontology at the VUB.

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    The research group Gerontology has topics in various domains of Gerontology:

    • Frailty
    • Seamless care for elderly
    • Medication and elderly
    • Inflammation and Heat Shock Proteins
    • Muscle atrophy, sarcopenia en physical training
    • Diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis
    • Early detection and treatment of dementia
    • Clinical approach of elderly persons
    • The ageing of the population in developing countries
    • Pensioning
    • End of life aspects
    • Education in Gerontology
    • Health Policy for Elderly

    For more information concerning the research of this group visit the website of the Frailty in Ageing (FRIA) research group.

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    Publications


    Find the review of the publications of this group.

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    Team

    Prof. dr. Ivan Bautmans


    PhD Medical Sciences, MaSc Physical Therapy, MaSc Manual Therapy
    Head Gerontology department

    Faculty of Medicine & Pharmacy
    Laarbeeklaan 103
    B-1090 Brussel
    Tel: +32 2 477 4207
    fax: +32 2 477 6364
    e-mail: ibautman @vub.ac.be

     

    Prof. dr. em. Tony Mets


    PhD, MD Specialist in Geriatric Medicine


    Tel: + 32 2 477 6366
    e-mail: tmets@vub.ac.be

     

    Prof. dr. Christel Geerts


    PhD Gerontology, Ma Adult Education
    Tel: + 32 2 477 4718
    e-mail: cgeerts@vub.ac.be

     

     

    Prof. dr. Jacques De Keyser
    PhD, MD Specialist in Neurology
    Tel.: +32 2 477 6412
    e-mail: Jacques.DeKeyser @uzbrussel.be

     

    Prof dr. Ellen Gorus


    PhD Gerontology, Ma Psychology
    Tel : +32 2 477 6397
    e-mail: ellen.gorus@uzbrussel.be

    Prof. dr. Rose Njemini


    PhD Medical Sciences, Ma Molecular Biology
    Tel: +32 2 47 6366
    e-mail: rnjemini@vub.ac.be

     

    Prof. dr. Patricia De Vriendt


    PhD, Ma Gerontology, Ma Occupational therapy
    Tel. +32 2 477 4206
    e-mail: pdevrien@vub.ac.be

     

    Prof. dr. Wim Van Damme

    PhD, MD
    Tel. +32 2 477 4208
    e-mail: Wim.Van.Damme@vub.ac.be


    Drs. Lien Van malderen


    Ma Gerontology; Ma Educational Sciences
    Tel. +32 2 477 4208
    e-mail: Lien.Van.Malderen@vub.ac.be

     

    Drs. Veerle Baert
    Ma Gerontology
    Tel. +32 2 477 4208
    e-mail: Veerle.Baert@vub.ac.be

     

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