PhD in Gerontology
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 PhD in Gerontology

 Graduate Studies

Next Available Intake

 July 2019

Application Closing Date

31 March 2019


Tuition Fee

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Programme Overview

​The PhD programme will have a balance of content knowledge, research skills training, and intense supervision by experts who would hone the deep skills and knowledge of the student. Practice or applied research areas would be emphasised so that effective solutions may be distilled through scientific rigorous research. The issues related to ageing and ageing populations within the Asian context will be highlighted throughout the programme. This will distinguish the programme, and attract individuals in the region seeking to obtain a doctoral degree in gerontology. 

There is recognition in the industry as well as in government ministries that gerontology has much to offer for policy, research and practice. There is a demand for highly competent professionals, who have the multidisciplinary training and approach, in industry, academia and research institutes, and the doctoral graduates of the proposed programme can help to fill the gap.​

Unique features of the programme:
  • It adopts a multidisciplinary perspective
  • Focus on Asian context
  • Blend of practical and theoretical emphasis highlighting applied research

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; therefore applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early.

  • Possess at least a Bachelor degree preferably with a Second Class Honours and above in a relevant discipline from a reputable university or equivalent qualification; 
  • Possess at least a Master degree or its equivalent 
  • Has a minimum of two years of work experience 
  • Applicants without degrees from local universities may have to furnish GRE scores obtained within 5 years before the date of application. 
  • Applicants may be invited to attend an interview. ​​​
  • The Admissions Committee reserves the right to accept or reject an applicant.
​​​​Click here​​ to view the programme curriculum.​ ​
​​The doctoral programme is research-based and caters to individuals who wish to develop their career in gerontology. As this is a fast growing field in Singapore, PhD graduates will be able to apply their skills and knowledge in the public, private and people sectors.
​​Opportunities for social workers, sociologists, counsellors, care managers, allied health professionals such as nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, architects and financial consultants to lead in the silver sector are expanding. The degree programme prepares these and other professionals to play a significant role in the academia, health and social services, urban planning and infrastructure, and silver industry.

SkillsFuture Study Award for Healthcare Sector

You may apply for the study award for Healthcare Sector which is worth $5000. Please refer to the following website for eligibility, terms and conditions:

SkillsFuture Fellowships

The SkillsFuture Fellowships are for Singapore Citizens with at least 10 years of working experience in the same, or related, industries or job functions. The award is worth $10,000 and further details, eligibility, terms and conditions are available in the following link:​

Applicants who are graduates (at Master's or Bachelor's level) of Singapore University of Social Sciences and Singapore Institute of Management will enjoy 20% course fee concession.

For more information, please email Ms Eileen at​.
  1. What is the minimum and maximum period of candidature? 
    Minimum is 3 years and maximum is 7 years.

  2. What is the total number of CUs required for graduation?
    120 CUs (80 CU for Dissertation, 40 CU for coursework).

  3. Will I be assigned a supervisor?
    Yes. The supervisor will be an expert in the topic of research.

  4. What is a Qualifying examination (QE)?
    The QE consists of an oral presentation and a written proposal in front of a selected group of people.​

  5. What is Viva?
    It is an oral defense of the dissertation after submission to the examiners.