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 weekday evenings (7pm to 10pm) or on Saturdays (9am to 12pm; 1pm to 4pm).

Your class schedule will be dependent on the courses that you have selected.

Q: What Is 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 runs on a trimester basis. Each academic year is 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 or a maximum of 2 courses per trimester.

Q: Where will classes be conducted?

A: Classes will be conducted at the NTU main campus on Saturdays. Weekday classes are conducted at our one-north campus or Novena campus.

Q: How big is the 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 components to maximise the learning experience of our students. The 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 of absence from class. A minimum of 75% attendance is required for the completion of the course.

Q: What are 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: 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 charged per trimester for leave of absence application.