Master of Science in Applied Gerontology


Frequently Asked Questions


Course Structure and Class Schedule

Q: What is the programme structure of the Master of Science in Applied Gerontology?

A: 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
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Q: What if I am interested in modules from both the concentration core courses?

A: 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.

Q: What is the frequency and duration of classes?

A: 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.​

Q: What’s the difference between part time and full time students?

A: 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.

Q: What is a trimester?

A: 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 NTU Academic Calendar.

Q: How many courses do I need to take per trimester?

A: 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.

Q: Where will classes be conducted?

A: 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.

Q: How big is each class size?

A: Each class will have an average of 30 students.

Q: What is the mode of assessment?

A: 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.

Q: What is the requirement for class attendance?​

A: 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.

Q: What is the minimum and maximum duration for the completion of the programme?

A: 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.

Q: What is the practicum and how is it conducted?

A: 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.

Q: Will NTU be able to match us with companies for practicum?

A: 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.

Q: Can I take leave of absence from the programme?

A: 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.​