Population ageing and rising inequalities are marked trends around the world, while globalisation, digitalisation, urbanisation, migration and changing gender relations are having profound effects on our lives. A longer living population presents global challenges and opportunities that affect every aspect of our lives such as welfare, the environment, health, finance, housing, and employment. Gaining a profound understanding of the potentials and challenges of ageing, is crucial for the well-being of mankind and the sustainability of society. Skilled experts to tackle the global social, economic, health, political and cultural issues of ageing will be needed to support public agencies, civil society and private corporations in addressing the challenges of an ageing population.
Longevity, policies and social change
The interdependencies between policies, welfare institutions, populations’ dynamics and individual lives are at the heart of this programme. It offers a broad curriculum in policy-oriented ageing research and addresses several policy areas such as the welfare state, life- course policies, pensions, health and care, family, and intergenerational relations. Teachers from a range of academic backgrounds will enable you to acquire a globally attractive and unique education. Together we will seek answers to the complex questions facing society today with regards to both individual and population ageing. As a student on the new Ageing and Social Change master’s programme, you will gain a broad understanding of the relationships between longevity and social change through a truly interdisciplinary perspective, combining up-to-date research and methodology.
On-campus or distance learning
The approach taken during the programme emphasises interactive teaching and communication, based on a hybrid model of digital learning that includes simultaneous classroom teaching and distance learning. You can choose either on-campus learning or distance learning with a few on-campus periods. The programme is offered as a one-year option, 60 credits, and as a two-year option, 120 credits.
Generate social impact
Regardless of whether you are about to start a career or to further develop your professional expertise, the programme will offer you the ability to generate social impact. You will be well-prepared for a professional career in either the public or the private sector, and for further studies and research at PhD level and beyond. The Ageing and Social Change master’s programme will lead you, and your fellow students, to become the next generation of managers, advisors, decision-makers, experts, and researchers.