Social Sciences in Gerontology

In this rapidly changing world, one thing is certain – the world is ageing and at great speed. By 2050, 1 in 2 people will be above 65 years old in Singapore. The complex needs of the aged population will continue to create many career opportunities especially in the community care and social service sectors, and the Diploma in Social Sciences in Gerontology prepares you for just that. You will develop a holistic set of skills in areas such as:

  • health promotion
  • program planning
  • case management and
  • non-profit leadership

that will set you on a path of a rewarding career as Community Care Executive, Social Work Assistant, Assistant Care Coordinator and many more!

Our electives also provide you the chance to deepen your skills in allied health support e.g., assistance in social work, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nursing, offering flexibility to venture into different types of health and social sciences-related work and undergraduate programs.

Join GEM today to uplift the lives of older adults and the community!

Why Us?

The only diploma in Singapore that specialises in the holistic management of ageing, from planning programs for healthy agers to mobilising resources to support older adults with complex needs.

You will gain skills in gerontology, psychology, allied health and social work that will prime you for vital job roles in the rapidly expanding community care and social services sectors.

The diploma is endorsed by key industry leaders who will provide work-based learning opportunities to level up your competitive edge. Look forward to becoming next-generation leaders in the sector.

Our Student Projects

Developing Cognitively Engaging Content on an Immersive Technology Platform for a Dementia Care Centre

The project was conceived from a collaboration with Apex Harmony Lodge and involved designing and creating game content for use with an immersive technology game platform for individuals with dementia. Two groups of students from the Diploma in Social Sciences in Gerontology (GEM) participated in this project.

The development of the game content incorporated evidence-based elements such as cognitive training principles, reminiscence, senior-friendly design, and localised context. The games also include positive reinforcement and motivational elements to sustain the players’ interest. The developed content will be used to engage the residents at Apex Harmony Lodge to achieve positive outcomes.

1st Prize for e-Poster Competition by Gerontological Society of Singapore (2021)

Students: Aarti Bhagwan Jagtiani, Danish Arman Zackary Bin Mohammad Rizal, Gita Mohan Harjani, Wong Pei Fen Alicia, Yang Yingyan Claris

Promoting Healthy Living Among Senior

This project was a collaboration with Government Technology Agency (GovTech) to explore opportunities to support active ageing and purposeful longevity for community-dwelling seniors living in Queenstown and Ang Mo Kio. One group of students from the Diploma in Social Sciences in Gerontology (GEM) participated in this project.

Through user research, the aim was to uncover insights and opportunities on how the use of technology in built environment can be a key enabler to support seniors towards purposeful longevity. The students had the opportunity to work with a UX researcher from GovTech to map out some of the user journeys, perform analysis and put forth improvement recommendations.

Students: Khoo Jun Yinn Ethan, Lim En Yi, Tang Wei Sze Adora, Dorcas Chu, Valerie Tng Shu Ting


GEM students have received numerous Temasek Student Excellence Awards (TSEA) which are presented annually to recognise the achievements and outstanding contributions of students in non-academic areas, such as the arts, sports, leadership, service, entrepreneurship and character excellence.

Group Awards:

  • Interest Group Excellence Award
  • Community Service Excellence Award

Individual Awards:

  • Temasek CCA Silver Award
  • Sportsperson Excellence Award
  • Community Service Excellence Award
  • Service Excellence Award

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