What will I learn?

A postgraduate Master of Science qualification specialising in Person Centred Dementia Care gives you a competitive advantage in the job market and provides clinicians the opportunity to update their knowledge and skills through contemporary studies in their chosen area of specialisation.

Leadership and research skills gained in the Master of Science prepares you for career progression into senior clinical, management, teaching, and research roles. Graduate roles from this course include Clinical Nurse Consultants, Medical Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Registered Nurses, Social Workers, family carers, and various others in aged and dementia care. The qualification offers two specialisations:

Leadership in Gerontology and Rehabilitation
Person Centred Dementia Care

What you will study
The Master of Science (Person Centred Dementia Care) is a clinically focused program that prepares practitioners for advanced professional practice in the specialist field of dementia. Graduates are able to critically review the health and well-being of individuals living with dementia, review social policy in dementia care, and develop advocacy skills to work with users, carers and colleagues in the health, social care and voluntary sectors. The program differs from courses offered by other Australian universities in that it is underpinned by a rehabilitation approach to dementia care.

Choose to study online, or face-to-face: These courses are fully online, using best practice in technology-enhanced learning meaning you can study from any location at your own pace. Many students maintain full-time or part-time careers while undertaking these courses. Students report being part of a collaborative online community that supports their learning journey. Face-to-face classes are available for those interested in working with lecturers and colleagues on campus.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Critically analyse recent developments in healthcare practice that impact care within an aged care setting
2 Appraise and apply theoretical and conceptual frameworks in relation to healthcare problems that lead to person centred care
3 Investigate, evaluate and synthesise information to integrate empirical, theoretical and industry knowledge that delivers evidence-based practice initiatives in the workplace
4 Communicate evidence based, person centred recommendations to various audiences that week to improve care outcomes
5 Apply knowledge and skills in order to plan and execute a substantial research-based initiative

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health



Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
AUD $47,088 for the entire course; Session fee: AUD $15,696

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected July 2020

More details

Start date

27 July 2020


University of Wollongong

Northfields Avenue,


New South Wales,

2522, WOLLONGONG, Australia

Online/Distance (1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent)

Tuition fees
AUD $47,088 for the entire course; Session fee: AUD $15,696

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected July 2020

More details

Start date

27 July 2020

Entry requirements

For international students

A recognised Bachelor’s degree in a health-related discipline, or equivalent.

International students must have formalised face-to-face arrangements constituting at least 66% of their coursework for compliance with ESOS legislation.

English Requirements

IELTS Academic Overall Score of 6.5, reading 6.0, writing 6.0, listening 6.0, speaking 6.0; TOEFL (Internet-based) score of 86, reading 18, writing 18, listening 17, speaking 17; PTE Academic overall score of 62 All bands 54

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About this uni

The University of Wollongong has an exceptional record of getting graduates job-ready and enjoys an excellent international reputation for teaching.

  • Ranked among the top 1% for graduate quality
  • Offers a range of exchanges, scholarships and bursaries
  • Provides students top-class sporting facilities
  • Annually welcomes almost 6000 international students