Master of Science Vitality and Ageing

The master programme on Vitality and Ageing is a MSc programme of Leiden University, the oldest university of the Netherlands.

As of 1 September 2016, with the start of academic year 2016-2017, the master programme will be funded. For more information, please visit the Masters in Leiden website.

For pioneers of tomorrow's medical care

With people living longer, the future of medical care will also change. To assure vitality and healthy ageing for the next generations, tomorrow's health professionals will have to address the needs of the increasing number of elderly. Their care requires a different approach: older patients often have many diseases simultaneously and receive care from many different specialists. Each specialist has his own treatment plan, which can be counter-productive to the plan of his colleague. Drugs can interact and without a holistic view on the patient, specialised medicine will not suffice to provide the right medical care. Above all, not only purely biomedical aspects need to be considered but other influencing factors such as the impact of healthcare structures and the social position of the elderly as well. A new approach is needed. 

For this reason, in 2009 Leyden Academy, in cooperation with Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) and Leiden University, developed the master Vitality and Ageing. Each year we have prepared a select group of students to become pioneers in this important, growing field.

Within the programme you can also follow individual courses as a guest student. Please click here for information on these courses.


"In the course Multimorbidity we learned some revolutionary
concepts that bring into question some of the current practices of geriatric medicine. I find this stimulating."

"Listening to lectures by researchers whose papers I have read before in high-profile medical and scientific journals, has been both humbling and inspiring."

Raúl Hernán Medina Campos from Mexico, student 2012/2013