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Gerontology (MSc)

What is the degree programme about?

The Master's program in Gerontology (M.Sc.) is aimed at interested persons with a university or college degree related to gerontology who wish to acquire in-depth knowledge of issues related to aging research. Prospective students should attach importance to scientific interdisciplinary work and to a practical qualification oriented towards the needs of older people.

The Master's program in Gerontology (M.Sc.) imparts competencies and subject-specific key qualifications for managerial activities in areas of gerontological practice such as administration, counseling and diagnostics, evaluation and quality assurance, intervention and therapy, as well as teaching and research. The program covers the current state of knowledge and clinical practice in gerontology and its related disciplines such as geriatrics, nutrition science, psychology, social sciences, and exercise science. The Master's program in Gerontology (M.Sc.) qualifies graduates to develop, implement and apply new concepts for their own professional practice in an enormously growing and forward-looking professional field. A subsequent doctorate is possible within the framework of the doctoral program in Gerontology at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Modules and degree programme structure

1st semester

  • Module 1 Introduction to gerontology
  • Module 5 Geriatric medicine
  • Module 6 Psychogeriatrics
  • Module 7 Gerontological diagnostics
  • Module 12 Cognitive and emotional aging
  • Module 17 WCompulsory optional subjects

2nd semester

  • Module 2 Foundations,theories and ethics of gerontology
  • Module 4 Models and methods of data analysis
  • Module 9 Aging, law and society
  • Module 11 Basics on psychology of aging
  • Module 13 Advanced studies in psychogerontology
  • Module 14 Basics on psychogerontological interventions

3rd semester

  • Module 3 Research methods
  • Module 8 Fieldwork in gerontology
  • Module 10 Social policy and public health
  • Module 15 Methods of intervention in psychogerontology
  • Module 16 Gerontological internship

4th semester

  • Module 18 Master thesis
Start date of degree programme

This degree programme can be started full time in the winter and summer semester,

This degree programme can be studied full- and part-time in the winter semester, but only part-time in the summer semester.

What type of Bachelor's degree do I need?

In principle, this Master's programme can be taken up by graduates with a Bachelor's degree (or comparable degree) in psychology, sociology, education, sports science, medicine, nursing science, social economics. In addition, graduates from other fields can also be admitted. Further information on this can also be found on the study programme page.

Admission requirements

Completed Bachelor's, Master's or Diploma studies (or comparable degree) at a German or foreign university or college. A gerontological reference through first degree or profession as well as knowledge of social science research methods are desirable. Persons with a mother tongue other than German must provide evidence of certified German language skills (DSH2).

Degree programme start date and application deadlines

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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