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Welcome to the homepage “Master Ageing Societies”!

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The Master's program understands demographic ageing, related social inequalities and societal transformation processes as one of the most important individual, institutional and general societal challenges of our time.

The overarching objective is to provide profound knowledge about individual and societal ageing as well as methodological competence in the field of empirical social research. This will enable students to investigate existing and future challenges associated with an ageing society in both research and practice independently. The Master's program is led by Prof. Dr. Martina Brandt (Chair of Social Structure and Sociology of Ageing Societies) and Prof. Dr. Monika Reichert (Chair of Social Gerontology and Life Course Research).

You can also find a brief overview of the program on our flyer (only in German).

If you have any further questions, please contact us by mail.

On our homepage you will find the following content about the Master's program:

Students' feedback on the study program

»In my studies, my special interest lies on the social changes and political challenges that arise with demographic ageing«

»I can bring in my professional experience and my personal thematic focus 'Queer Ageing' in an enriching way. This is due to the great openness and the possibilities to contribute to the content in the seminars as well as the diversity of the students«

»I find the study program interesting because of its broad selection of focus areas, but also the scientific, empirical orientation is particularly good here«

»In the study program there is a great exchange with students and lecturers«

»In the Master’s program, I am especially interested in aspects related to the topics of care and social injustice«

Master's curriculum

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The Master's program “Ageing Societies” is structured in a regular study period with 120 credit points (CP).

Compulsory curricullum (54 CP):

  • Acquiring knowledge and skills about age and ageing from a sociological and psychological perspective
  • In-depth methodological expertise of quantitative and qualitative social research

Specialization area (18 CP):

  • Choice between three specializations (2 modules each):
    • Module VA - Cohesion and diversity [engl.] (including topics such as: diversity in old age, social participation/networks, transnationalization and globalization, gender).
    • Module VB - Education and work (with topics such as: Knowledge transfer, learning in old age, productivity, digitalization of the working world).
    • Module VC - Health and care (including topics such as: new technologies, forms of living and lifestyles in old age, care systems, climate change)

Complementary curriculum (18 CP):

  • Choice of two modules which have not been chosen in the specialization area
  • Given individual interest and motivation, possible to additionally study a second specialization

Master thesis (30 CP):

  • Presentation of the Master project
  • Master thesis

Career prospects after graduation

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Graduates of the Master's program have become familiar with a wide variety of topics in the context of demographic ageing and have comprehensive knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative empirical social research methods. In addition they have acquired important competencies by combining research-related, theoretical, and application-oriented content.

This enables our graduates to independently conduct research projects in basic research as well as applied social and ageing research.The Master’s program offers the opportunity to develop an individual study profile that qualifies students for challenging tasks and leading functions. This applies, for example, to the following professional fields:

  • Scientific (ageing) research and teaching at universities, other institutions of higher education, non-university research institutions
  • Management, consulting, planning in welfare organizations/associations/private institutions whose target groups are ageing and older people (e.g. in the field of civic engagement, nursing care)
  • Management, consulting, planning in public authorities at EU, federal, state and local level in the field of planning and policy for the elderly
  • Age management in companies and administrations in the field of (company) personnel policy
  • Teaching, management, planning in institutions of education and further training
  • Consulting and planning in the field of tourism and consumer goods industry

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