PhD in Gerontology

PhD in Gerontology
The PhD programme will have a balance of content knowledge, research skills training, and intense supervision by experts who would hone the deep skills and knowledge of the student. Practice or applied research areas would be emphasised so that effective solutions may be distilled through scientific rigorous research. The issues related to ageing and ageing populations within the Asian context will be highlighted throughout the programme. This will distinguish the programme, and attract individuals in the region seeking to obtain a doctoral degree in gerontology.

There is recognition in the industry as well as in government ministries that gerontology has much to offer for policy, research and practice. There is a demand for highly competent professionals, who have the multidisciplinary training and approach, in industry, academia and research institutes, and the doctoral graduates of the proposed programme can help to fill the gap.

Unique features of the programme:
• It adopts a multidisciplinary perspective
• Focus on Asian context
• Blend of practical and theoretical emphasis highlighting applied research

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; therefore applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early.
Refer to general admission criteria for graduate programme.
In addition, applicants will need to meet these minimum requirements:

• A Bachelor degree preferably with a Second Class Honours and above in a relevant discipline from a reputable university or equivalent qualification; and
• A Master degree or its equivalent; and
• A minimum of two years of work experience

Applicants without degrees from local universities may have to furnish GRE scores obtained within 5 years before the date of application.

This programme is currently unable to take in international students, i.e., you must be a Singapore citizen, permanent resident or a resident in Singapore (e.g., Employment Pass holder) in order to apply for admission.

Click here​​ to view the programme curriculum.​ ​
Next Available Intake
July 2020

Application Closing Date
15 March 2020

Tuition Fee
For current tuition fee, click here.
Alice Lim Memorial Fund Sponsorship
Lorong Koo Chye Sheng Hong Temple Award
• Professional Development and Management Programme

SkillsFuture Study Award for Healthcare Sector
You may apply for the study award for Healthcare Sector which is worth $5000. Please refer to the following website for eligibility, terms and conditions:

SkillsFuture Fellowships
The SkillsFuture Fellowships are for Singapore Citizens with at least 10 years of working experience in the same, or related, industries or job functions. The award is worth $10,000 and further details, eligibility, terms and conditions are available in the following link:

Applicants who are graduates (at Master's or Bachelor's level) of Singapore University of Social Sciences and Singapore Institute of Management will enjoy 20% course fee concession.

For more information, please email Ms Eileen at

  1. 1. What is the minimum and maximum period of candidature? 
    Minimum is 3 years and maximum is 7 years.

  2. 2. What is the total number of CUs required for graduation?
    120 CUs (80 CU for Dissertation, 40 CU for coursework).

  3. 3. Will I be assigned a supervisor?
    Yes. The supervisor will be an expert in the topic of research.

  4. 4. What is a Qualifying examination (QE)?
    The QE consists of an oral presentation and a written proposal in front of a selected group of people.​

  5. 5. What is Viva?
    It is an oral defense of the dissertation after submission to the examiners.
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