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Master in Science (MSc) by research

The Discipline of Medical Gerontology welcomes applications from Medical and non-medical students for our Master in Science (MSc) in Medical Gerontology by research.

Candidates are required to have an Honours Bachelor degree / Higher Diploma (NFQ Level 8) or equivalent.

To gain an MSc by research, the student must complete an original piece of research under the supervision of an academic staff member of the Discipline. Academic staff in the Discipline of Medical Gerontology work in very diverse interdisciplinary contexts and employ a variety of methodologies.

The MSc in Medical Gerontology for research is open to all health or social care professionals working with older adults in any settings. Suitable professionals include doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and allied health and social care professionals. Non-health backgrounds (e.g., biology, technology, engineering, management, policy, etc.) will also be considered, in line with the wide research interests of the Discipline.

The average duration of a MSc by research is 1-2 years full time or 2-3 years part time.

The MSc by research is without a taught component but students are expected to develop their skills in research methodology throughout the course of their MSc. Free access to taught modules may be provided, but attainment of taught ECTS credits is not compulsory for MSc by research students. Examination is on the basis of a written research thesis.

The degree of Magister in Scientiis (Indagatio) M.Sc. (Ind.) will be conferred upon students who successfully complete the programme. Further information on regulations can be obtained on

Intake of students is twice annually, in March and September.

The annual fee corresponds to that of a Faculty of Health Sciences Research Doctorate. Please see for further information.

Application links are on

Informal enquiries are encouraged with prospective academic supervisors and/or the Head of Discipline.