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Master (1 Subject)

Ageing Societies


Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Field Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
Language German
Standard program duration 4 semesters (full-time) or 7 semesters (part-time)
Admission restrictions None
Further information Homepage (German only)
Module Handbook (German only)
Syllabus (German only)

Short profile

The collective ageing of our society is one of the most important organizational tasks facing both individuals and the whole of society. The M.A. in Ageing Societies empowers students to recognize the current and future challenges associated with an ageing society and to examine and tackle them from their own independent approach.

To this end, the program teaches sound knowledge of individual and societal ageing and methodical skills in empirical social research. In this way, it allows graduates of Bachelor’s and Diplom programs in social and behavioral sciences to deepen and expand their knowledge of ageing/age research.

Both part-time and full-time studies are possible. The program comprises compulsory and supplementary courses as well as a specialization. The compulsory courses teach broader discipline-related fundamentals in the field of age and ageing as well as advanced methodological skills. The supplementary courses and the specialization (which students can choose) combine research-based, theoretical and application-related contents. The program ends with the Master’s thesis.

Knowledge and skills

Prerequisite for the Master’s program in Ageing Societies is a Bachelor’s degree or a Magister or Diplom program lasting at least six semesters in a social science or behavioral science subject with a final cumulative grade of at least “Good” as well as adequate knowledge of empirical social research methods (modules in empirical research methods and statistics on a scale of at least 10 credits). Students without sufficient methodological skills are expected to come up to speed within the first semester of the Master’s program.

Further information can be found on the Department’s website.

Professional fields

The program opens up a wide variety of professional prospects in research and practice for its graduates. These include, among others, conceptual, planning, management and evaluation tasks in the following areas:

  • Scientific (age) research and teaching
  • Departments in organizations, associations and societies concerned with ageing and age-related issues
  • EU, national, regional and local policy and planning departments concerned with ageing and age-related questions
  • Institutions concerned with practical policies for the elderly and work with the elderly as well as outpatient and inpatient care for elderly persons
  • Companies and administrative bodies in the areas of HR policy and corporate age management
  • Vocational and post-vocational further and advanced training institutions

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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