Gerontological Sciences

The progressive ageing of society, which was noticed first in the industrialised world, is a worldwide phenomenon nowadays. The advanced master’s programme in Gerontological Sciences provides students with the necessary knowledge, insight and methodologies to critically answer the various bio-medical, psychological, socio-economic and health policy-related questions concerning ever ageing societies.

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If you want to continue your academic career, you can apply for a PhD position at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. All you need is a promoter, research subject and sufficient funding. Are you up for this challenge?

First step in the market

The ageing of the society is now a worldwide phenomenon. Several international organisations, such as the World Health Organisation, consider ageing 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 the potential of the elderly person. We distinguish three professional roles:

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

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