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MSc Vitality and Ageing

Course Description

At present we are experiencing an unprecedented seniorpopulation growth, which means that older people and related ageing issues are more prominent than ever. More than half of all elderly people, who have ever lived, are alive today. Thanks to recent, successful advances in medical research concerning treatment of cumulative damage sustained by the ageing body, death has been banished to old age.

Thus, the ageing process can be (partially) avoided and extended if sufficient energy is invested into maintenance and repair. We can anticipate ongoing improvements in the length and quality of our lives and expect a future with more years lived in good health. This has major consequences for persons, organisations and societies.

Visit the website: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/programmes/vitality-and-ageing/en/introduction

Course detail

Care for the elderly differs from that of children and adults, as it often involves the treatment of multiple, concurrent diseases. Therefore, the elderly require a different, integral treatment strategy. This essential new way of thinking and operating is not sufficiently incorpoorated in current academic and clinical practice yet. This master aims to address this gap.

Consequences of getting older

Despite best efforts, for older persons life often ends with a period of poor health and disabilities. Care for the elderly differs from that of children and adults, as it often involves the treatment of multiple, concurrent diseases (multi-morbidity) which leads to under- and over-treatment. Above all, not only purely biomedical aspects need to be considered but other influencing factors such as vitality and social networks. Healthcare organisations and governmental organisations face the challenges of our aging society.

For pioneers of tomorrow

Applications will be accepted from young students who realise that the question of ageing is a great and important societal challenge. Students have various backgrounds, to inspire multidisciplinary thinking and working. Students come from various countries, as the problems are common to all societies. Students are looking to deepen their knowledge of ageing, improve their basic scientific and academic skills and develop themselves to powerful professionals. Upon successful completion of the master’s degree, they will be able to shape the future of the ageing society.

Reasons to choose Vitality and Ageing at Leiden University:

- Group of international students
- Intensive supervision and personal development
- Multidisciplinary programme
- Theoretical and practical
- Excellent national and international teachers
- LUMC: ‘ageing and vitality’ is prominent theme in research and education


The master’s programme focuses on biological aspects of the ageing process (gerontology), and medical aspects of the care for elderly people (geriatrics). The organisation and management of the health care process, and society is also closely examined. These different perspectives are an excellent preparation for various follow-up steps, including:

- further education in science (leading to a PhD degree)
- further medical education (geriatrics, internal medicine, general practice)
- management position in care organisations or governmental organisations

How to apply: http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/arrange/admission


For information regarding funding, please visit the website: http://prospectivestudents.leiden.edu/scholarships

Visit the MSc Vitality and Ageing page on the Leiden University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Santosh Yatnatti

4827.jpg I am a medical doctor from India. I fortunately ended up in Leiden university to quench my thirst of studying abroad through my friend, who formerly studied in this university. I was more excited, when I realized that I would be studying in oldest university(1575) of the Netherlands!!!

In India geriatrics is still a budding specialty, which is one of the reason I chose to study abroad. I did my masters in Vitality and Ageing (Geriatrics and Gerontology) in Leyden Academy of Vitality and Ageing of Leiden University Medical Centre. It is a unique masters which has a blend of geriatrics, gerontology, health care structure and financing. The masters was stretched over a period of 10 months with three trimesters along with many creative assignments. It was a great exposure for me to upgrade my knowledge with these practical assignments. I improved my oral and writing skills in the field of scientific research. We also had an exciting study trip to Portugal where we visited the cities of Porto and Lisbon to know the health care structure, health policies, research and currently available care for the elderly people living in Portugal. I had an opportunity to organize the study trip along with couple of my master students, which improved my leadership qualities. We also had excursions to The Hague, Gouda and Breda for practical demonstrations of the courses involved.

The coordination of the staff and colleagues was commendable throughout the course. We successfully graduated on 22nd of June 2016. The international master experience in Leiden university is a memorable experience, which enriched my knowledge and skills in my field of expertise. I would highly recommend all the international students to experience the same.


Leiden Excellence Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

This scholarship is open to:1. Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master's degree programme starting February 2017 or September 2017. All MA, MSc and LLM programmes that are mentioned on the website Master's programmes in Leiden are eligible for LExS, but note that some programmes have a start date in September only. 2. Students of all nationalities enrolling in the Advanced Master programmes in the list below starting February 2017 or September 2017. Note that the programmes listed below have a September start date only, with the exception of Advanced Studies in Air & Space Law: ◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Air & Space Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European & International Business Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Tax Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Public International Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Civil & Commercial Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Law & Digital Technologies
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European Tax Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European & International Human Rights Law
◦Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Children's Rights
◦MSc in International Relations & Diplomacy

Additional requirements1.In his or her prior academic education abroad, the applicant must have achieved excellent study results which are relevant for the programme for which the student wishes to enrol. As an indication, the student will be among the top 10% for the relevant programme followed abroad. We do not need proof of this, it is just to indicate the competitiveness of the scholarship. 2.The applicant will hold a non-EU/EEA passport and will not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans ("Studiefinanciering"; more information). This requirement does not apply to applicants who apply for a LExS for programmes mentioned under point 2 "For whom". 3.Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants who have already obtained a Leiden University master’s degree with the exception of students applying for a Master programme for which a specified previous Master programme or work experience is mandatory (the LLM advanced masters qualify as such). 4.Students who are granted a LExS must comply with and confirm in writing their agreement with the Rules and Regulations attached to the scholarship prior to the granting of the scholarship.

Value of Scholarship(s)



For excellent Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master's degree programme and for excellent students of all nationalities enrolling in a Master of Law Advanced Programme or MSc in International Relations & Diplomacy.Scholarship AmountThe Leiden University Excellence Scholarship programme has three awards: •€ 10.000 of the tuition fee •€ 15.000 of the tuition fee •Total tuition fee minus the statutory tuition fee
The number and type of award of the scholarship depends on the budget available for each Faculty department. The type of award has no reflection on the students' academic level of excellence. Please be aware that the LExS is not a full scholarship.

Application Procedure

1. Fill in your online application for admission to Leiden University. Deadline 1 October 2016 for all programmes starting in February 2017.
Deadline for programmes starting September 2017 •All programmes except law:
1 February 2017 •Law programmes:
1 March 2017
2. Upload all required documents.

3. Indicate clearly that you would like to apply for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship page. Please note that if you apply for more than one master's programme, you have to indicate that you apply for the LExS scholarship for all these programmes seperately. 4. Upload your letter of motivation for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship page.

5. Submit your online application.

6. Pay the application fee of € 100.

7. The selection committee of the relevant faculty will review the applications. Students are selected on the basis of academic merit.

8. All LExS applicants will be informed by the scholarship department of Student Educational Affairs about the outcome of the selection procedure.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree. Sufficient command of English (IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)). This language requirement does not apply if you have: completed your education in Canada (except Quebec), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or an International Baccalaureate, or a Dutch VWO-diploma.

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