Master of Science in Applied Gerontology


Programme Structure

The programme is made up of 10 courses, inclusive of 4 courses in the common core, 2 courses in the concentration core, and 4 elective courses. Each course requires 35–40 hours of instruction and carries 3 academic units (AU).

The programme requires every student to earn a total of 30 academic units (AUs) in order to graduate.

1. Common core courses: 12 AUs (4 courses)
2. Concentration core courses: 6 AUs (2 courses) Concentration core courses: 6 AUs (2 courses)
3. Electives: 12 AUs (4 courses)


Practicum provides an opportunity for students to gain work experience in settings of service to older adults, facilitates networking with professionals in the field of ageing, and enhances career decisions and opportunities. These will include public, private and voluntary welfare sector placements. It is part of the student’s overall personal and professional development in gerontology education.

Assessment and Examination
The assessment for the courses will be based on continuous assessment (CA) and examination. The CA component will consist of individual and group essays and projects. It may also include class participation, presentation, assignment, quiz and in-class tests. 

The programme is offered on both full time and part time basis and can be completed within 1 and 1.5 academic years respectively.

Typically, a full-time student is required to register 4 courses in trimester 1, 3 courses in trimester 2 and trimester 3.  A part-time student is required to register 1 or 2 courses per trimester.

Each course will be taught once a week for a duration of 3 hours (3 AUs). The classes 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.

All classes are conducted at NTU’s main campus/One-North campus/Novena campus.​​

Trimester Calendar (Subjected to changes)
The programme runs on trimester basis. Each year is made up of 3 trimesters.

For details on academic calendar, please refer to
​​​Trimester Month
​1​​ ​Jul - Oct
​2 ​Nov - Feb
3​ ​Feb - May