Master of Science Vitality and Ageing

The master programme on Vitality & Ageing is an MSc programme of the Leiden University, the oldest university of the Netherlands.
Within this programme you can also follow individual courses as a guest student. Click here for information on these courses.

For pioneers of tomorrow's medical care
At present we are experiencing an unprecedented population growth in seniors, as a consequence elderly and ageing issues are more prominent than ever. More than half of all elderly people who have ever lived, are alive today.

Thanks to recent advances in medical research concerning issues 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.
But despite best efforts, life will still end with a period of poor health and disabilities. Care for the elderly differs from that for children and adults, as it involves the treatment of multiple, concurrent diseases (multi-morbidity) which in current treatment can lead to under- and over-treatment. 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 need to be included and part of the total strategy.

Older persons require a different - more holistic - treatment strategy. Current academic and clinical practice are not sufficiently equipped to translate this essential paradigm shift into action. To address this specific gap, Leyden Academy developed the Vitality and Ageing master programme.

The Master of Science Vitality and Ageing is accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO) and registered in the CROHO and thus meets the quality standards for higher education. This degree programme is not funded and does not count as a second master's degree.



"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