Aging and Age-Related Disorders from a Biological, Epidemiological and Clinical Perspective

  • 15 credits
  • Distance learning
  • Second cycle
  • Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society
  • Mandatory seminars: Yes

The demographic transition toward an older population in the past half century poses tremendous societal challenges in Sweden and globally. Sweden has one of the highest proportions of older people in the world: about one-fifth of the population is over 65, and the oldest-old (age 85+) is the fastest growing segment of the population. Although we now live longer and healthier lives, an aging population leads to an increasing number of people with chronic disorders and functional dependence, which greatly impacts families and societies. Understanding social, biomedical and behavioural factors, and discovering the pathways by which they relate to older adults' health, is of utmost relevance when we aim to compress disability and morbidity into a short period toward the end of life. Such compression is crucial not only for individuals, but also to reduce economic and societal burden of late-life disability and morbidity.

The course will provide a broad theoretical and methodological knowledge on aging from a biological to a societal level, including the complexity and heterogeneity of health in old age. This will prepare students for clinical and social work, as well as health promotion, management and policy for health in old age in a wide variety of contexts covering medical to higher level education and academic settings.

Information on distance learning

Two in campus occasions will be scheduled (2-3 days each), including the presentation of examination assignment. The learning activities will take place mainly digitally and consist of lectures, online discussions, and self-study. Attendance to all sessions is mandatory and will be scheduled during day-time according to Swedish time. Access to computer with camera, microphone and internet is required.

Application Spring 2024

  • Full time (100%), Distance learning, Lecturing in daytime
  • Mandatory seminars: 2,  Other seminars: 0
  • Study location: Solna
  • 15 January 2024 - 24 March 2024
  • Language: English
  • Application deadline: 16 October 2023
  • Application code: KI-12005

Specific entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree or a professional degree equivalent to a Swedish Bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits in health care or medicine. Alternatively, a degree in social work. And proficiency in English equivalent to English B/English 6.


The selection is based on academic credits (30-285). All documents must have reached University Admissions by the deadline for the supporting documents 1 December 2023. The first selection results will be published at your account at the 11th of December 2023. You must reply to your admissions offer.


The application is made through University Admissions in Sweden.
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If you have citizenship within the EU/EEA, or Switzerland, you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. For further details:

Application fee

900 SEK

Tuition fee

Total amount: 50 000 SEK
First instalment: 50 000 SEK
Payment of fees


For more information about the course and its outline, please contact:
Debora Rizzuto,

If you have questions about application and admission procedures please visit

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