The master's programme commences with an introduction week wherein both students and the coordinators can meet and get to know each other. The programme runs one full academic year, from September until June, in which an intensive (self-)study programme is offered.


  • Biology of ageing
  • Epidemiology and demographic background
  • Scientific basis of geriatrics/geriatric medicine
  • Rules and regulations of the healthcare sector
  • Prevention and public health
  • Care models from an international perspective
  • Structure and finance of healthcare
  • Personal and social perceptions of the ageing question
  • Sociological and anthropological aspects of ageing
  • Effective communication
  • Presentation/debating skills
  • Scientific writing
  • Basic management skills

National and international academics lecture about the field of ageing. Lecturers are among others:
  • Andrzej Bartke, professor and director of geriatric medicine, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, United States and board member of the American Aging Association
  • Sjaak van der Geest, professor emeritus of medical anthropology at the University of Amsterdam
  • Susan Kurrle, associate professor, curran chair in health care of older people at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney and geriatrician at the division of rehabilitation and aged care, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital in Australia
  • Joris Slaets, professor of medicine in elderly health care at University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG)
  • David Stott, professor of geriatric medicine at University of Glasgow, Scotland
  • Rudi Westendorp, professor of medicine in elderly health care and founder and executive director of Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing.

Student activities
During the study year, cultural and social activities are organised, such as museum visits, film evenings and inter-cultural dinners.