Master of Science
in Smart Ageing and Gerontology

(Dual Degree)

Programme Code

Programme Mode


Medium of Instruction


Duration of Study

1 year (full-time mode) /

2 years (part-time mode)

*only full-time mode is available for non-local applicants

Courses & Credit-Units

9 Courses, with a total of 30 Credit-Units

Tuition Fee

Subject to the latest announcement by the University


Ageing populations are a global phenomenon. Hong Kong is ageing at an unprecedented pace. The older population is predicted to have a worsening health trajectory, which will require a high level of public health financing. The HKSAR government predicts a shortfall of doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals in the coming years. The public healthcare system has to be flexible enough to plan and implement new care delivery models, including those that incorporate modern technologies, gerontechnology in particular, that can assist or even replace in-person interventions to cope with the challenges of an ageing community.

Along with technological advancements in health care, both the government and the ageing care service sector are advocating the design and innovation of technological products, to help older persons better cope with ageing. The programme Master of Science in Smart Ageing and Gerontology is therefore designed for those interested in developing and/or advancing their careers in the area of services delivered to older persons. This is a new dual Master's degree programme, conferred by both the Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU) and Lingnan University (LU).

Programme Aims

Upon successfully completing the programme, students should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the nature and impact of ageing populations and ageing policies across different regions and cultures;
  • Apply knowledge in gerontechnology to address the emerging needs of ageing populations to promote healthy ageing;
  • Apply data analytical techniques to inquire into and resolve challenges in silver care and health promotions;
  • Appraise the impact of advances in genomic sciences on the current knowledge and evidence on ageing, the provision of silver care and the promotion of healthy ageing;
  • Develop new initiatives to build the resilience of health and social care workers.

Programme Features

  • Dual Master Degree from Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU) & Lingnan University (LU)
    Students will be award two master's degree certificates , one from HKMU and the other from LU, with credit transfers for both sides.
  • Interdisciplinary and Innovative Curriculum
    The aim of the programme is to promote active and productive ageing, and to fill in the current gaps by addressing the ongoing demand for talent in the areas of gerontology, modern technology, and science, as well as to promote innovative teaching and learning in gerontology from a sociological perspective.

Admission Requirements

  • Holding a Bachelor's degree from a recognized institution or equivalent qualification; and
    (preference will be given to graduates from the fields of Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Social Work, Policy and Administration, or Service Management)

  • Fullfill the Universities' English language proficiency requirements (both HKMU and LU).

Programme Structure

Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU)

Course Title
Frailty in Older Adults
Smart Ageing
Human Genomics: Implications for Health
Building Resilience in the Smart Era

Lingnan University (LU)

Course Title
Ageing Policies in Greater China
Positive Gerontology
Data Analytics in Health and Health Services
Research in Health and Social Services

Joint Universities

Course Title
Smart Ageing and Gerontology Project

Total 30 Credit-Units

Career Prospects & Professional Recognition

  • Graduates can pursue further studies in areas such as gerontology, public health, nursing and smart ageing.
  • Graduates can consider working in hospitals, district health centres, community care services, non-governmental organizations, and Information Technology firms.
  • Graduates can also consider working in the Greater Bay Area, where healthcare professionals are in high demand.

*Completion of this programme would not lead to eligibility of registering as Registered Nurse (RN) with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong


Registry (Admission)

School of Nursing & Health Studies (Programme Administration)

Programme Leader