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Gerontology (MSc)

What is the degree programme about?

This degree programme is one of only a few university degree programmes in Germany in the field of gerontology with an interdisciplinary perspective combining the medical, psychological, social and political elements of the discipline with a strong focus on practical research.

In the future, professions related to gerontology will require the right skills to enable academic leaders in gerontological research to develop, implement and use new concepts for professional practice on the basis of current developments and findings. The degree programme combines application-oriented research in gerontology with consideration of the issues of care, quality assurance and evaluation in relation to the process of ageing.

Modules and degree programme structure

1st semester

  • Module 1: Basics of gerontology
  • Module 2: Research methods in gerontology
  • Module 3: Clinical gerontology
  • Module 4: Gerontological fieldwork
  • Module 6: Psychology of aging
  • Module 9: compulsory elective module

2nd semester

  • Module 1: Basics of gerontology
  • Module 2: Research methods in gerontology
  • Module 3: Clinical gerontology
  • Module 5: Society and aging
  • Module 6: Psychology of aging
  • Module 7: Psychogerontological intervention

3rd semester

  • Module 1: Basics of gerontology
  • Module 3: Clinical gerontology
  • Module 5: Society and ageing
  • Module 7: Psychogerontological intervention
  • Module 8: Gerontology internship
  • Module 9: compulsory elective module

4th semester

  • Master's thesis and final oral examination
Start date of degree programme

For full-time students, this degree programme can only be started in the winter semester. Part-time students may also start in the summer semester.

What type of Bachelor's degree do I need?

This Master's degree programme is open to all graduates of a Bachelor's degree programme in psychology, sociology, education science, sport science, medicine, care or socioeconomics. Students from other subjects may also be admitted in exceptional cases.

If you are interested in the Master's degree programme and have a degree in a different subject or a degree from a different university in Germany or abroad, please contact the degree programme coordinator.

Admission requirements

An above-average Diplom, Bachelor's degree or Master's degree from a university or university of applied sciences in Germany or abroad.

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Degree programme start date and application deadlines

Start date of degree programme: Winter Term

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.

Please note: Despite careful checks, we cannot rule out errors or omissions. For this reason, all prospective students are advised to seek detailed information from FAU's Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) before commencing their studies.

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Degree type: Master of Science (MSc)
Type of study: Master
Location: Nuremberg
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: yes
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology

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