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Master of Gerontology

Offers a holistic training for a rewarding career in the eldercare and silver sector.

Master of Gerontology


Overview

The rapidly ageing population in Singapore, and concomitant need for trained professionals in the health, social and psychological services have given rise to an imperative need for Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, Graduate Diploma in Gerontology, Master of Gerontology and PhD in Gerontology programmes. As the needs of elder people are specialised, dedicated attention within the training to address specific characteristics such as the ageing process, demands interdisciplinary courses in Gerontology.

Singapore University of Social Sciences's Master of Gerontology, with Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and PhD option is the first in Singapore to offer a holistic training for a rewarding career in the eldercare and silver sector. Graduates from the Programme will have acquired advanced knowledge and skills to be leaders and consultants in the field of gerontology. They will be prepared to perform challenging roles and functions in both government and private sectors.


Unique features of the programme:

  • Enrol for any standalone module of your interest
  • Exciting array of modules and range of lecturers from local and overseas contexts
  • Blend of theoretical and practical teaching modes
  • Flexible enrolment by individual modules for credits

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

This programme offers the following specialisations:

Admission Requirements

Refer to general admission criteria for graduate programmes.

This programme is currently unable to take in international students, i.e., you must be a Singapore citizen, permanent resident or a resident in Singapore (e.g., Employment Pass holder) in order to apply for admission.

Financial Assistance

Concession

The University offers course fee concession for some master's programmes. Please click here for more details.

Sponsorship

VWO's Charities Capability Fund (VCF) - For Counselling, Social Work and Gerontology programmes only
To apply for VCF Funding, please visit the NCSS website. Applicants from health-related organisations should check with their respective organisations and health clusters for possible sponsorship.

For Gerontology Programme: Interested VWO staff can be advised to apply for VCF under non pre-approval on a case by case basis.

Alice Lim Memorial Fund
To apply for Alice Lim Memorial Fund, please click here for more details.

Study Grant
Anonymous donors are sponsoring study grants for needy students pursuing graduate programmes at Singapore University of Social Sciences. Please click here for more details.

SkillsFuture Study Award for Healthcare and Social Sectors
Applicants may apply for the study award for Healthcare Sector which is worth $5000. Please refer to the following website for details: http://www.skillsfuture.sg/studyawards/healthcare & http://www.skillsfuture.sg/studyawards/social-service

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 are available in the following link: http://www.skillsfuture.sg/fellowships

Programme Structure

Students are required to complete a total of 60 credit units (cu) with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 to graduate with a Master.

The breakdown of the cu to be completed is:

  • 30 cu of Core Courses
  • 30 cu of Electives in Specialisation Track (Practitioner, Management and Research)

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Module Types
COMPULSORY
30 Credit Units
MINOR COURSES
  • Specialisations
30 Credit Units

The programme is for professionals in the eldercare industry such as social workers, nurses, occupational and physiotherapists, counsellors and managers. It is also suitable for those who wish to switch careers and enter the eldercare/silver industry.

The programme is recognised by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, National Council of Social Service, Ministry of Health, Gerontological Society and Workforce Development Agency. Graduates can apply for positions in government, statutory boards, profit and not-for-profit agencies and eldercare services.

  1. How many intakes are there in a year for Graduate Diploma (GDGER) & Master of Gerontology (MGER)?
    One intake a year; every July.

  2. What is the duration to complete the GDGER & MGER? GDGER is a 1-year programme and MGER is another 1-year programme.
  3. What is the maximum candidature for GDGER and MGER?
  4. The maximum candidature for GDGER is 2 years and an additional 2 years for MGER.

  5. When are the lessons scheduled?
  6. Lessons are scheduled on 4 Saturdays per course from 8.30am to 5.30pm, with a lunch break of an hour, except for RSS 501 which is scheduled on Wednesday evenings.

  7. Currently, I'm currently holding a full-time job, how should I go about completing the MGER internship?
  8. The internship can be arranged with Singapore University of Social Sciences' appointed supervisor to accommodate to your full-time work schedule.

  9. How long is the duration for MGER internship?
  10. 2 semesters (1 year) usually from year 2 onwards when students have completed the 6 compulsory courses under Graduate Diploma in Gerontology. Students have to clock 200 hours within this timeframe.

  11. Is it the students' responsibility to look for internship partners or will Singapore University of Social Sciences assist?
  12. Students are advised to suggest their preferred agencies for an internship. Ultimately, Singapore University of Social Sciences will assign them with a supervisor and agency.

  13. How long will the dissertation take?
  14. Students can take up to 9 months to complete the dissertation.
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