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Master of Science in Applied Gerontology

Master (Coursework)

Programme Type

Full-time, Part-time

Gerontology Programme Office

[email protected]
The Master of Science in Applied Gerontology programme provides a holistic and advanced education in the rapidly expanding field of gerontology. It is designed to provide you with in-depth knowledge, skills, and experience to work with older people.

This graduate programme offers a truly interdisciplinary curriculum with an Asian focus. Taught by faculty from various disciplines (e.g. medicine, social sciences, communication, business, arts and humanities, and biological sciences), our courses not only equip you with the foundational competencies of gerontology, but also train you to design policies, develop leadership capacities as well as innovate and enhance care services for an ageing population.

Unique Features
Our Admissions Committee is committed to forming a diverse cohort that comprises individuals with different academic, professional backgrounds and life experiences. Our past and current students include nurses, physiotherapists, medical doctors, social workers, civil servants, lecturers, engineers and people working in the financial sector. 

Applicants should possess:
• a good bachelor’s degree; and
• a passion for working with older people or on ageing-related matters
International applicants whose medium of instruction was not in English at the tertiary level should have:
• an IELTS score of 6.0; or
• TOEFL internet based score of 85

Please ensure that you have the following documents ready when submitting your online application.

Application Documents 1
Take note of the following:
1. All supporting documents are to be submitted via the online application portal. Alternatively, you may email them to [email protected].
2. The maximum file size per email submission is 15MB.
3. There is no refund for application fee.
4. Late or incomplete applications will not be processed.

If you encounter problems during the online application process, please contact Service Desk via the link here.


Our programme requires every student to complete a total of 10 courses (3 academic units (AUs) for each course, total 30 AUs), inclusive of 4 courses in the common core, 2 courses in the concentration core, and 4 elective courses. Each course requires 35–40 hours of instruction.
Structure 3
The courses are assessed based on continuous assessment (CA), where the CA components will consist of individual and group essays or projects. It may also include class participation, presentations, assignments, quizzes, and in-class tests. 


The programme runs on a trimester basis. Each academic year is made up of 3 trimesters. 

Our programme is offered on both full-time and part-time basis and can be completed within 1 and 1.5 academic years, respectively. 

Typically, a full-time student is required to register 4 courses in trimester 1, 3 courses in trimester 2 and trimester 3. A part-time student is required to register 1 or 2 courses per trimester. 

Each course will be taught once a week for a duration of 3 hours (3 AUs) for 13 weeks (i.e. 1 trimester). The classes may take place on weekday evenings (7pm to 10pm) and/or on Saturdays (9am to 12pm; 1pm to 4pm).

All classes are conducted at NTU’s main campus/NTU@One-North/LKCMedicine @ Novena campus.

Core Courses

The four core courses equip students with foundational competencies in gerontology.

Ageing Asia: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
An overview of the field of ageing from psychological and sociological perspectives, including an understanding of the major theoretical and substantive areas of the field. The course emphasizes the complexity of ageing, recognizing that it is a multidimensional process. Students will examine the demographic, social, and economic trends of global ageing, paying attention to particularly graying Asian societies.

Ageing Policy and Practice in Asian Contexts
This course guides students through a range of key issues that are faced by Asian societies with population ageing, encourages them to critically appraise specific policy responses, and to identify practical lessons to be learned from the experiences of countries experiencing rapid and advanced ageing. Different models of health, income and social care provisions in older populations and policy responses to population ageing at the international, national and regional levels will be considered.

Physiology and Biology of Ageing
Unravel the complexity of the ageing process by providing a systematic study of the biological changes that occur with ageing. Comparison will be made between the structures and “normal” functions of organ systems and age-related modifications. A survey of current theories on mechanisms of ageing, analysis of relationship of late-onset disease to the ageing process, and explanatory models on mental and physical impact of ageing will be explored.

Applied Research in Gerontology
Applied Research in Gerontology provides an overview of the multiplicity of methods available for gerontological research. Research methods in the social sciences, biomedical research, public policy and social work will be covered. Students will gain a broad conceptual understanding of the various methods, gain practical experience on using the methods with data, identify research strategies and conduct research in gerontological topics.

Concentration Courses


Demographic Change, Ageing and Globalization
Population ageing is causing fundamental societal and economic change in many countries and regions throughout the world. This course provides a foundational knowledge on demographic change and population ageing in a cross-cultural, global perspective. Students will gain an understanding of the implications of contemporary demographic change on the welfare of individuals, families and societies; and an awareness of how, with globalization, demographic, social and economic change in one part of the world, impacts upon trends in another.

Leadership and Management in Aged Care
Strong leadership and practical management are required in the provision of services for older people, now and in the future. People involved in all aspects of elderly care will benefit from re-examining their knowledge and experiences of leadership and management, to be better equipped for future challenges and opportunities. This course adopts an action learning approach to help students learn what is most important for them personally and professionally. Students will also gain insights and current knowledge of these areas from leading practitioners in elderly care.


Continuum of Care: A Systems Perspective
Continuum of care and concepts of integration of care have gained importance as the awareness that “silo effect”, single disease and service focus do not meet complex patients’ needs. This course aims to introduce students to concepts of continuum of care, integration of care and comprehensive care. It provides a multi-disciplinary overview of a range of perspectives, theories, and clinical practices on continuum of care both Singapore focused and internationally. Each session will be taught by a different consultant.

Practicum in Care Management
A field experience designed to enhance knowledge and equip students with skills related to gerontological practice in long-term care. The practicum focuses on the role and responsibilities of the administrator/provider in managing resident-centered care facilities and gaining core competencies in providing quality of life and quality of care to residents in long-term service programmes.

Elective Courses

We offer a set of elective courses that are ageing-related from different disciplines each academic year. Elective courses are offered on a rotation basis, and not all electives will be offered in one trimester. The list below is a partial list of courses that might be offered as electives.

Ageing and the End-of-Life: Exploring Death, Dying, and Bereavement
This course provides an interdisciplinary overview of the major psycho-socio-cultural perspectives, theories and clinical practices on death and dying from a global viewpoint with a critical focus on the Asian experience. Through interactive lectures, experiential workshops, and creative group projects, students are offered an opportunity to examine the environmental, ethical, financial, political and public health issues of mortality.

Mental Health in Later Life
Mental disorders are a major contributor to the disease burden in elderly both globally and in Singapore. This course provides students with an overview of the principles and practice of mental health care for older adults, current knowledge gaps and research agendas. We will cover the mental health spectrum from normal to pathological ageing, selected mental disorders of late life, the current state of mental health care and the challenges across the disease trajectory and care continuum.

Arts, Ageing, and Wellbeing
This course provides an overview of the interdisciplinary field of arts and health with focus on the use of arts and creative approaches in the context of ageing and eldercare. We will explore concepts of art, ageing, and wellbeing, historical and contemporary debates, as well as examples of best practices and resources related to the field. This course will also introduce students to resources that supports implementation of art-based projects for older adults in various settings.

Social Entrepreneurship in Aged Care
Investors commonly look for sustainable and repeatable growth in an enterprise's performance, and what differentiates a start-up from making it and falling by the wayside. This course aims to relate theoretical concepts of strategy and organization design with practical and execution issues in an emerging social enterprise context, and studies the key elements that propel scaling up as well as impede growth. Students will be introduced to the overall framework of entrepreneurial business development making an impact in society, equipped with theories and tools to develop specific business development strategies, and apply them to real-life business cases.

Chinese Medicine and Ageing
Chinese medicine has long been used as a complementary treatment for long term diseases and general health maintenance. This new course explores the fundamentals of Chinese Medicine (TCM) and its application to health and wellness of older people. Emphasis will be on age-related issues and illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, cerebrovascular diseases, gastrointestinal problems and cancer. We will also cover the nutrition and dietary therapies that will form holistic treatments for age-related problems.

Gerontology and Counselling
Counselling older people require specific knowledge and skills. Gerontological counsellors assist elderly patients in coping with mental and emotional health issues associated with ageing in order to improve their overall health and quality of life. This course introduces students to the basic counselling skills, approaches and interventions pertinent to working with older people. 

Health Communication and Coaching
The course will provide students with a broad overview of issues related to health communication and coaching especially as they relate to older people. Issues related to communication practices between health professionals and patients, health communication through mass media and new technologies, and health coaching will be addressed.

Gerontological Practicum
Training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the student, faculty advisor, and worksite supervisor; gaining an understanding of the workings of a specific programme, agency, or institution; this practicum reinforces knowledge, theories and principles gained through courses in gerontology while engaging in direct, practical experience.
Graduates of our programme can look forward to careers in healthcare, government agencies, social service, and voluntary welfare organizations.

Ageing Research in NTU

NTU has several research centres and institutes focused on ageing. 

ARISE (Ageing Research Institute for Society and Education)
ARISE is a pan-university research institute that supports multidisciplinary research devoted to aged and ageing-related research, programmes and activities.

Find out more about ARISE.

CePHaS (Centre for Population Health Sciences)
CePHas which is led by experts from LKCMedicine and supported by various healthcare and government agencies including the National Healthcare Group (NHG) will focus on fresh healthcare approaches such as developing smartphone apps to manage chronic diseases as well as address healthcare issues.

Find out more about CePHaS.

LILY (NTU-UBC Research Centre of Excellence in Active Living for the Elderly)
The Joint NTU-UBC Research Centre of Excellence in Active Living for the Elderly (LILY) is a world-class research centre focused in the design of computing technologies that help the elderly enjoy an active and independent lifestyle.

Find out more about LILY.

RRIS (Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore)
Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore (RRIS) is a collaboration between Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and National Healthcare Group (NHG). RRIS is established against the backdrop of a rapidly ageing Singapore society that expects a high quality healthcare system which delivers highly effective and productive services, it is expected to play a significant role facilitating more collaborative rehabilitation researches at a national, if not, regional level.

Find out more about RRIS.