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Health, Ageing and Society



September - February


1 year FT 2 year PT



The Master’s Health, Ageing and Society prepares you for an important role in improving the future of our healthcare system. You will learn and work together in small groups with students with different study backgrounds and with diverse nationalities. You will gain knowledge about the biology of ageing, learn about the implications of ageing on an individual and societal level, you will acquire knowledge about the health management of an ageing population and will search for opportunities for change.

Furthermore, you will also develop academic and personal skills, such as communication, leadership and research skills. Through an individual learning pathway you can work on or develop further on a topic of your own interest. Because of the relatively small scale of the programme, there is much individual guidance, such as mentoring and professional development sessions. Throughout the programme you will collaborate with senior citizens, visit (inter)national potential employers, attend network events, and give presentations for actors in the field. By the end of the master’s, you will combine your gained knowledge and skills in a scientific thesis and internship of 10 fulltime weeks or 20 parttime weeks. Quite some students take the opportunity to do their internship abroad. If you decide to participate in the one year fulltime programme, this means on campus activities three days a week and one day of online lectures. Additionally, one day is reserved for self-study.

You can also spread the study load over a period of two years. This way you can follow the master’s programme parttime, next to another study or a job. On campus education for the parttime students is organized each week on Friday. On this day you will interact with your fellow students and learn from each other’s different perspectives. The rest of the time is a mixture of self-study and viewing of recordings of lectures.


Alumni of the master's Health, Ageing and Society start their careers in various academic positions. Most alumni, 78%, work in a job related to the study, and 75% of the students find a job quickly: within 3 months after graduating. Some examples: PhD tracks at various universities, project leaders, staff advisers in research and health organisations, and policy developers at the ministry, a municipality or an insurance company. Some choose to continue their education with a second Master’s (predominantly students with a bachelor degree in Medicine).

Best preparatory bachelor’s

A health-related bachelor’s degree. Additionally, we invite students with other bachelor’s backgrounds, and especially international bachelor’s backgrounds to apply. Moreover, we also welcome students with a health related university of applied sciences bachelor's degree (HBO), we will provide you with bridging modules. Visit our website and view our specific entry requirements.

English proficiency**

IELTS: each test component must score a minimum of 6.0; with an average score of at least 6.5;
TOEFL internet-based: an overall score of 90, each test component must score a minimum of 20.
Cambridge C2 proficiency (CPE) or C1 advanced (CAE) 180, Cambridge component score 169.

Faculty of Medicine/LUMC

1 & 2

year master’s programmes


master's students


International master's students




EU/EEA student tuition fee*


Non-EU/EEA student tuition fees per programme:

  • €21,200 Health, Ageing and Society
  • €21,200 Biomedical Sciences
  • €31,100 Medicine
  • €31,100 Pharmacy
  • €21,200 Population Health Management
  • €4,500 Transfusion Medicine and Cellular and Tissue Therapies
  • €20,560 Technical Medicine
  • (2023/2024)

* This tuition fee is per year and only applies if this is your first master's programme in The Netherlands. This doesn't apply for the Master Transfusion Medicine and Cellular and Tissue Therapies (MSc)
** English language proficiency requirements are subject to change. Please check our website for the updated English language proficiency requirements. You can find the exact language requirements and more detailed language requirements per programme under each programme description. Also check our website for detailed information on the types of English tests accepted and the equivalent scores for IELTS, TOEFL and Cambridge English tests.
NOTE: Tuition fees are subject to change. Please check online our updated tuition fees.