Graduate Diploma and Master of Gerontology
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 Graduate Diploma and Master of Gerontology

 Graduate Studies

Next Available Intake

 July 2017

Application Closing Date

31 March 2017


Tuition Fee

​For cur​rent tuition fee, click here.

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Programme Overview

The rapidly ageing population in Singapore and concomitant need for trained professionals in the health, social and psychological services gives rise to the imperative for a Master of Gerontology programme. As the needs of older persons are specialised, dedicated attention within the training to their characteristics as well as ageing process, demand an interdisciplinary Gerontology programme. UniSIM's Master of Gerontology, with a Graduate Diploma option is the first in Singapore to offer a holistic training for a rewarding career in the eldercare and silver sector. Graduates from the Programme will have acquired advanced knowledge and skills to be leaders and consultants in the field of gerontology. They will be prepared to perform challenging roles and functions in both government and private sectors.​
Unique features of the programme:
  • Enrol for any standalone module of your interest ​
  • Exciting array of modules and range of lecturers from local and overseas contexts​
  • Blend of theoretical and practical teaching modes
  • Flexible enrolment by individual modules for credits

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; therefore applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early.

Applicants should be Singapore citizens, permanent residents or residents in Singapore.In addition, you will need to meet these minimum requirements:
  • An undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution
  • Good communication skills (written and spoken English)​
  • At least two years of work experience
  • 21 years and above​ 

Applicants must complete and submit an online application to SIM University by the ​specified deadline.

Shortlisted candidates may be required to undergo one or more interviews and/or take such written admission or other evaluation tests as may be prescribed by SIM University.

The offer of admission is dependent on the number of places available in individual programmes.

The decision of the Admissions Committee of SIM University is final and binding. SIM University reserves the right to refuse admission and is not obliged to offer an explanation for the non-admission of unsuccessful candidates.
The structure of the programme starts with the compulsory courses and the examination is held three weeks after the last class. This is followed by a one-week break before the next course starts. Elective courses are offered after the compulsory courses are completed.

Courses may also be taken individually as a graduate certification course.

​​Click here​ to view the programme curriculum for Graduate Diploma in Gerontology. ​
Click here​ to view the programme curriculum for Master of Gerontology. ​
The programme is for professionals in the eldercare industry such as social workers, nurses, occupational and physiotherapists, counsellors and managers. It is also suitable for those who wish to switch careers and enter the eldercare/silver industry.​
​The programme is recognised by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, National Council of Social Service, Ministry of Health, Gerontological Society and Workforce Development Agency. Graduates can apply for positions in government, statutory boards, profit and not-for-profit agencies and eldercare services.​


The University offers course fee concession for some master's programmes. Please click here​ for more details.


VWO's Charities Capability Fund (VCF) - For Counselling, Social Work and Gerontology programmes only
To apply for VCF Funding, please visit the NCSS website. Applicants from health-related organisations should check with their respective organisations and health clusters for possible sponsorship.

For Gerontology Programme: Interested VWO staff can be advised to apply for VCF under non pre-approval on a case by case basis.​

Alice Lim Memorial Fund
To apply for Alice Lim Memorial Fund, please click here for more details. 

Study Grant

Anonymous donors are sponsoring study grants for needy students pursing the this graduate programmes at SIM University. Please click here​ for more details.  
  1. How many intake(s) are there in a year for Graduate Diploma (GDGER) & Master of Gerontology (MGER)?
    One intake a year; every July. 

  2. What is the duration to complete the GDGER & MGER?
    GDGER is a 1-year programme and MGER is another 1-year programme.

  3. What is the maximum candidature for GDGER and MGER?
    The maximum candidature for GDGER is 2 years and additional 2 years for MGER.

  4. When are the lessons scheduled?
    Lessons are scheduled on 4 Saturdays per course from 8.30am to 5.30pm, with a lunch break of an hour.

  5. Currently I'm currently holding a full-time job, how should I go about completing the MGER internship?
    The internship can be arranged with UniSIM's appointed supervisor to accommodate to your full-time work schedule.

  6. How long is the duration for MGER internship?
    2 semesters (1 year) usually from year 2 onwards when students have completed the 6 compulsory courses under Graduate Diploma in Gerontology. Students have to clock 200 hours within this timeframe.

  7. Is it the students' responsibility to look for internship partners or will UniSIM assist?
    Students are advised to suggest their preferred agencies for internship. Ultimately, UniSIM will assign them with a supervisor and agency.

  8. How long will the dissertation take?
    Students can take up to 9 months to complete the dissertation.