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Master of Gerontology

Graduate Diploma in Gerontology [exit point only]
Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

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Become a leader in one of the world's fastest growing industries. CSU's Master of Gerontology gives you the advanced skills and knowledge to deliver exceptional healthcare outcomes and foster the wellbeing of older people.

This degree builds on existing healthcare knowledge so that you can apply the most up-to-date and innovative theory and practice to any workplace.

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  • Why study this course?

    Flexible online study

    CSU's Master of Gerontology offers great flexibility combined with a comprehensive learning experience. You can study online while continuing to work, allowing you to apply your knowledge within your current role.

    Hone your skills

    The interdisciplinary nature of the degree means that it is a great postgraduate study option for people from a range of health professions and disciplines, including nursing, social work, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. We offer a wide selection of topics relevant to practice so you can study areas of interest to help you achieve your career goals.

    Professionals teaching you

    Our academic cohort is highly experienced in the fields of clinical practice and health promotion. You'll receive personal engagement and support from dedicated professional educators.

  • Career opportunities

    This qualification positions you at the heart of a rapidly growing industry. The federal government forecasts that the number of Australians aged 75 years or over will rise by approximately 4 million by 2060.

    Work in a leadership position in a hospital or aged care service, health promotion position in an aged care service or quality assessment role in a government or non-government organisation.

    Take the opportunity to become a gerontological specialist in your profession. Your health discipline professional body may offer specialist recognition for gerontological practitioners.

    CSU's Master of Gerontology also provides an ideal pathway into a higher research degree.

  • Credit and pathways

    Applicants with relevant post-graduate qualifications may be eligible for credit.

     

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Subjects have a value of 8 points unless otherwise stated.

    GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN GERONTOLOGY (32 points)
    To graduate with the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, students complete 4 core subjects (32 points) as follows:

    GER401 Choices and Options in Later Life
    GER402 Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds
    GER404 Ageing and Professional Practice
    GER406 Issues in Dementia Care and Communication


    GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF GERONTOLOGY (exit point only) ( 64 points)
    To graduate with the Graduate Diploma of Gerontology, students complete 64 points as follows:

    Core subjects (4 subjects)
    GER401 Choices and Options in Later Life
    GER402 Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds
    GER404 Ageing and Professional Practice
    GER406 Issues in Dementia Care and Communication

    PLUS 32 points from either the Professional Practice or Research/Policy strand.
     

    MASTER OF GERONTOLOGY (96 points)
    To graduate with the Master of Gerontology, students complete 96 points as follows:

    Core subjects (4 subjects)
    GER401 Choices and Options in Later Life
    GER402 Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds
    GER404 Ageing and Professional Practice
    GER406 Issues in Dementia Care and Communication

    Masters students then select either Professional Practice OR Research/Policy, completing one of the strands detailed below:

    Professional Practice strand

    Core subjects (4 subjects)
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    GER501 Contemporary Issues in Gerontology
    GER502 End of Life and Palliative Care
    GER503 Leadership in Complex Aged Care Practice

    Restricted electives (Professional Practice strand) (2 subjects)
    HLT502 Ageing Policy and Social Construction OR WEL508 Social Policy Reading
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods OR HLT505 Research Methods in Health Sciences A

    PLUS 2 x restricted electives from the list below:

    Restricted electives (choose 2 subjects)
    HSM404 Management and Leadership of Health and Aged Care Services
    PAD591 Public Sector Management
    SOC401 Social Inequality
    WEL418 Case Management
    WEL424 Loss Grief and Palliative Care
    WEL429 Indigenous Australian Practice for Human Service

    Students with a Registered Nurse qualification may also choose electives from the following list:

    NRS421 Chronic and Complex Nursing Practice 1
    NRS422 Chronic and Complex Nursing  Practice 2
    NRS423 Advanced Chronic Care Nursing
    NRS544 Cultural Competence in Indigenous Health Care: Implications for Nursing Practice.

    Research/Policy strand

    Core subjects (6 subjects / 56 points)
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    GER501 Contemporary Issues in Gerontology
    GER503 Leadership in Complex Aged Care Practice
    HLT502 Ageing Policy and Social Construction
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (16 points)
    WEL508 Social Policy Reading

    Restricted electives (1 subject)
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods OR HLT505 Research Methods in Health Sciences A

    Enrolment pattern

    SESSION 1 INTAKE

    Year 1 - Session 1
    GER401 Choices and Options in Later Life
    GER402 Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds

    Year 1 - Session 2
    GER404 Ageing and Professional Practice
    GER406 Issues in Dementia Care and Communication

    Students may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology (32 points)

    Professional Practice

    Year 2 - Session 1 
    GER501 Contemporary Issues in Gerontology
    HLT502 Ageing Policy and Social Construction or WEL508 Social Policy Reading

    Year 2 - Session 2
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods or HLT505 Research Methods in Health Sciences A
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention

    Students may exit with the Graduate Diploma of Gerontology (64 points)

    Year 3 - Session 1
    GER502 End of Life and Palliative Care
    Restricted elective

    Year 3 - Session 2
    GER503 Leadership in Complex Aged Care Practice
    Restricted elective
     

    Research/Policy

    Year 2 - Session 1
    GER501 Contemporary Issues in Gerontology
    WEL508 Social Policy Reading

    Year 2 - Session 2
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods or HLT505 Research Methods in Health Sciences A

    Students may exit with the Graduate Diploma of Gerontology (64 points)

    Year 3 - Session 1
    HLT502 Ageing Policy and Social Construction
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (start)

    Year 3 - Session 2
    GER503 Leadership in Complex Aged Care Practice
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (finish)

    Students exit with the Master of Gerontology (96 points)

    SESSION 2 INTAKE

    Year 1 - Session 2
    GER404 Ageing and Professional Practice
    GER406 Issues in Dementia Care and Communication

    Year 2 - Session 1
    GER401 Choices and Options in Later Life
    GER402 Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds

    Students may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology (32 points)

    Professional Practice

    Year 2 - Session 2
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods or HLT505 Research Methods in Health Sciences A
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention

    Year 3 - Session 1
    GER501 Contemporary Issues in Gerontology
    HLT502 Ageing Policy and Social Construction or WEL508 Social Policy Reading

    Students may exit with the Graduate Diploma of Gerontology (64 points)

    Year 3 - Session 2
    GER503 Leadership in Complex Aged Care Practice
    Restricted elective

    Year 4 - Session 1
    GER502 End of Life and Palliative Care
    Restricted elective

    Research/Policy

    Year 2 - Session 2
    ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
    SWK504 Human Services Research Methods or HLT505 Research Methods in Health Sciences A

    Year 3 - Session 1
    GER501 Contemporary Issues in Gerontology
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (start)

    Students may exit with the Graduate Diploma of Gerontology (64 points)

    Year 3 - Session 2
    GER503 Leadership in Complex Aged Care Practice
    SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (finish)

    Year 4 - Session 1
    HLT502 Ageing Policy and Social Construction
    WEL508 Social Policy Reading

    Students exit with the Master of Gerontology (96 points)

  • Admission information

    Applicants for the Master of Gerontology must meet the following requirements.

    A Bachelors Degree (or AQF equivalent) in Human Services, Social Work, Social Welfare, Social Science, Health or relevant undergraduate degree in humanities and health.

    English Language Proficiency
    Standard English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements. Refer to http://futurestudents.csu.edu.au/apply/english-language for the specific requirements. This will apply to both domestic and international applicants. Offer may be conditional on ELP but applicants will be required to provide evidence of meeting these requirements before the start of studies.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNJAHH
    DirectOnlineAlbury-WodongaFPPGYYNOAHH

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 96 points.

  • How to apply
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  • About the School

    School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    CSU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a supportive environment that builds authentic relationships, promotes critical thinking and encourages students to achieve their full potential. The School has more than 60 academic staff with specialisations in areas such as English, history, human services, justice studies, philosophy, politics, social work and sociology. Based on the Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School offers a diverse environment, producing high quality research that makes a significant contribution to policy and practice.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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