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Master of Gerontology

  • Qualification:

    Master's Degree

  • Study mode:

    Online

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    3 years part time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Master of Gerontology course offered by Charles Sturt University is ideal for anyone currently employed in the health professions, looking to further their education and skills. Studying this course, you will gain an advanced theoretical foundation and strong research skills in the field of gerontology.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this course, you must have a bachelor degree in a discipline such as nursing, allied health, community work, social work and welfare, health science, health administration or public health. Applications for distance education and postgraduate courses are accepted all year round. Provided you are eligible for admission, your application will be held for consideration in the next available intake.

Areas of study

In this gerontology course, the subjects you will study include: Either the research/policy stream:

  • Choices and options in later life
  • Ageing bodies, ageing minds
  • Human services research methods, or Research methods in health sciences A
  • Ageing, policy and social construction

OR

  • Social policy reading subject
  • Social work and human services dissertation
  • Contemporary issues in gerontology
  • Issues in dementia care and communication
  • Vulnerability and the ethics of intervention
  • End of life and palliative care
  • Ageing and professional practice
  • Leadership in complex aged care practice

Or the professional practice stream:

  • Choices and options in later life
  • Ageing bodies, ageing minds
  • Ageing and professional practice
  • Issues in dementia care and communication
  • Contemporary issues in gerontology
  • End of life and palliative care
  • Leadership in complex aged care practice
  • Vulnerability and the ethics of intervention
  • Ageing, policy and social construction
  • Human services research methods, or Research methods in health sciences A

And two restricted electives.

One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.
CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Master of Gerontology from Charles Sturt University.

Graduates of the Master of Gerontology will have the knowledge and skills to be able to promote the health and wellbeing of older people. With the ageing population, aged care services are increasingly needed and health professionals with advanced skills in gerontology are in great demand.

Curious about where a career in nursing could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Health Promoter
  • Aged Care Worker
  • Gerontological Physiotherapist
  • Quality Assessor

Payment options & support

Finance options

Courses that are not Commonwealth support places require students to contribute the full cost of their course. You may be eligible for a loan to help pay for tuition fees through the Commonwealth Government FEE-HELP program. CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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