Master of Science in Applied Gerontology


Frequently Asked Questions

·         Course Structure and Class Schedule
·         Admission and application period
·         Fees, Payment and Funding
Course structure and Class schedule
1.     What is the programme structure of the Master of Science in Applied Gerontology?
To complete and be awarded the MSc in Applied Gerontology, students will have to complete:
·         4 common core courses
·         2 concentration core courses
·         4 elective courses
For further details, please refer to the course structure page.
2.     What if I am interested in modules from both the concentration core courses?
You may take courses from the other concentration core as elective subjects instead. Decision on selection of concentration core need only be made after the first trimester.
3.     What is the frequency and duration of classes?
Each course will be taught once a week for a duration of 3 hours (3 AU). They may take place on evenings (7pm to 10pm) on Tuesday and Thursday or in the morning (9am to 12pm) or afternoon (1pm to 4pm) on Saturday.
Your class schedule will be dependent on the courses that you have selected. For example, you are interested to take elective AGXX01 and it is scheduled for Tuesday evening. You will hence come to class on Tuesday evening.
4.     What’s the difference between part time and full time students?
The only difference is the number of modules that they will take per trimester. Part time and full time students will attend the same classes.
5.     What is a trimester?
The programme is run on a trimester basis very similar to any professional degree. Each year will be made up of 3 trimesters.
For details on academic calendar, please refer to,
6.     How many courses do I need to take per trimester?
Full time students will take between 3 to 4 courses per trimester. Part time students will take a minimum of 1 and maximum of 2 courses per trimester.
7.     Where will classes be conducted?
Classes will be conducted in NTU main campus for Saturday classes, and may be conducted in our one-north campus or Novena campus for weekday classes.
8.     How big is each class size?
Each class will have an average of 30 students.
9.     What is the mode of assessment?
This is a course work programme. The lecturer of each course will design the assessment for maximum learning experience. Assessment could consist of a combination of several components including quizzes, peer assessment, assignments, individual or group projects and tests.
10.   What is the requirement for class attendance?
 Class attendance is compulsory. Students must show proof for absence from class. A minimum of 75%       attendance is required for the completion of the course.
11.  What is the minimum and maximum duration for the completion of the programme?
Full time students will graduate within 1 year and can take up to a maximum of 2 years, while part time students can graduate within 1.5 years and take up to 4 years to complete the programme.
12.  What is the practicum and how is it conducted?
You may take the practicum as part of the concentration core or as an elective course. The practicum is a 150 hours learning experience agreed between the host company, your practicum lecturer and yourself. It can also take place in your own organisation as a special project.
You can start the practicum only after completing at least 2 core courses.
13.  Will NTU be able to match us with companies for practicum?
We are working with our career and advancement office for suitable placement. If you have specific interest, you are encouraged to source for your own practicum venue.
14.  Can I take leave of absence from the programme?
Leave of absence will not be granted for the first trimester. Instead, applicants can apply leave of absence for 2nd trimester onwards.
Please note that this period of leave if granted will be counted towards the maximum candidature period permitted for you to complete your studies.

There is an administrative fee of $ 53.50 charged per trimester for leave of absence application.
For details, please refer to,
Admission and application matters
1.     Is there an age limit for application to the course?
There is no age limit. However, applicants must meet application requirements.
2.     What are the admission criteria?
Applicants should possess a good bachelor’s degree and at least of  2 years of work experience. Although no prior work or training in gerontology is required, professionals with a passion or work experience in human services or ageing related industries are strongly encouraged to apply.
For details, please refer to,
3.     I do not have relevant experience. Can I apply for the programme?
Yes, you may apply for the programme and your application will be considered together with the strength of that particular cohort.
4.     When will application be open?
The programme offers one intake in July each year. Online application for each year will open in January and end in February.
5.      What can I expect from the application process?
·       Information sessions will be organized for each admission exercise from November to January period.
·      Application will open from beginning of January and end in February. You can prepare documents such as, personal details, certificates, transcripts, proof of employment and letter of recommendations in advance.
·       You may be invited for an interview session during this period.
·       Offer of admission and recommendation for scholarship can be expected in March/April .
6.     What is the expected class size per intake?
We target to admit approximately 30 students per intake.
7.     Can I apply for graduate housing in NTU if I am accepted for the programme?
International full time students can apply for graduate housing.
For details, please refer to,
8.     What can I expect from the admission process?
·        A letter of offer will be emailed to students who have been selected for admission into the programme in April. 
·        A fee deposit of $2000 (non-refundable) is required upon your acceptance. 
·      You will be required to set up your NTU email account upon accepting the offer. Please ensure that you follow the procedure closely as future correspondences will be done through this official student email account.
·       Matriculation of students will be conducted in June/July.
·      Upon successful matriculation, a Graduate Student link (GSLINK) account will be issued to you for course registration (mid-July) and accessing online learning materials prior to course commencement.
9.     Can I come down to the programme office to ask for assistance or further details?
Please do make an appointment with the programme manager before coming down to the University for admission or other course matters consultation.
10.  Can I add or drop subjects?
You are allowed to do so during the add/drop period which will close 2 weeks after the programme commencement.
11.  How can I be kept informed of upcoming events and information sessions?
You can drop us an email at and we will keep you in our mailing list for upcoming events.
Fees, Payment and Funding
1.     When am I required to make fee payment?
A $2000 non-refundable fee deposit is required upon accepting the offer. Thereafter fees will be billed according to:
·        Full time students will be billed 50% of the course fee prior to course commencement with the remaining 50% before the start of Trimester 2
·       Part time students will be billed 50% of the course fee prior to course commencement with the remaining 50% in April of the following year
2.     Can I apply for tuition loan to pay for the tuition fee?
Admitted students can apply for commercial bank loan. The programme office will provide a letter of schedule of fee payment as supporting documents for such application.
3.     Can I use my CPF to pay for the tuition fee?
You may like to check with CPF board for the latest details on the usage of CPF for graduate programmes.

4.     Can I use my PSEA account to pay for the tuition fee?
Yes, you could. This is subject to MOE guidelines.
For details, please refer to,
5.     What are the funding available to over my tuition fee?
There are several external fundings available for this programme. However, these are selected on a competitive basis and students must be prepared to fund their own course of study.
The available funding is listed in our webpage: