Master of Science (Dementia Care) - Course Finder @ UOW

Master of Science (Dementia Care)

Course summary

A postgraduate qualification in dementia care provides recent graduates with a competitive advantage in the job market and mid-career clinicians the chance to update their knowledge through contemporary studies in dementia care.
Leadership and research skills gained in the Master of Science (Dementia Care) prepare graduates for career progression into senior clinical, management, teaching, and research roles. Graduates from this course are Clinical Nurse Consultants, aspiring Clinical Nurse Consultants, family carers, Medical practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Registered Nurses, Social Workers, volunteers and others in aged and dementia care.


Your degree

The Master of Science (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 wellbeing of individuals living with a 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 NSW and Australian universities in that it is underpinned by a rehabilitation approach to dementia care.


What you will study

The subjects you will study include :

  • Dementia Care Across Settings
  • Policy and Practice in the Care of Older People
  • Rehabilitation: Concepts and Practice
  • Advancements in Dementia Care
  • Psychoactive Substance and Mental Health
  • Reflection for Practice
  • Tools for Practice Development
  • Facilitation and Education Skills for Practice Development
The course also includes the option to undertake a minor project and the choice of two Nursing elective subjects. For high achieving students, there is the option of undertaking a major project with the approval of the subject coordinator.

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

437

ATAR (UAI)

-

Duration

1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

Distance, On Campus

Cricos

084856A

UAC Code

-

Information on Fees, Assumed Knowledge and Key Dates

Academic Requirements

A recognised Bachelors degree in a health-related discipline, or equivalent.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

88

18

18

18

18

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Credit Transfer

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Dementia Care provides 24 credit points of advanced standing towards the Master of Science (Dementia Care).

Fees

2017 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $13,560
Full Course Fee: $40,680

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Distance

Session Fee: $13,560
Full Course Fee: $40,680

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Entry Requirements

A recognised Bachelors degree in a health-related discipline, or equivalent.

Credit Transfer

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Dementia Care provides 24 credit points of advanced standing towards the Master of Science (Dementia Care).

Fees

2017 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $11,736
Full Course Fee: $35,208

The above tuition fee is the amount payable for a full fee-paying place. Commonwealth Supported places are also available in some postgraduate coursework degrees in the Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health subject to quota availability.

For information regarding fees and assistance, including Commonwealth contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Tuition fees are dependent upon the actual year of commencement and are subject to change without notice.

Distance

Session Fee: $11,736
Full Course Fee: $35,208

The above tuition fee is the amount payable for a full fee-paying place. Commonwealth Supported places are also available in some postgraduate coursework degrees in the Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health subject to quota availability.

For information regarding fees and assistance, including Commonwealth contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Tuition fees are dependent upon the actual year of commencement and are subject to change without notice.

2017 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences

27 February 2017

Applications Close

Key dates are:

  • Domestic Applicants: 31 January. Late applications will be accepted where places are available.
    Provided a complete application, including all required supporting documentation has been submitted, on-time applicants will be advised of their application outcome within two weeks of receipt.

  • International Applicants: One week prior to course commencement date.

Session Details
Orientation: 21 - 23 February 2016
Session: 27 February - 22 June 2017

2017 Spring

Wollongong

Session Commences

24 July 2017

Applications Close

International Applicants: 1 June
Domestic Applicants: 30 June
Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Session Details
Orientation: 17 July 2017
Session: 24 July - 16 November 2017

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Master of Science (Dementia Care) will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge about recent developments for working with individuals living with dementia and their families and an appreciation of concepts and perspectives associated with interprofessional healthcare for dementia care.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding about research principles and methods relevant for working with individuals living with a dementia and their families.
  3. Investigate, analyse and synthesise information, problems, concepts and theories.
  4. Design, applying, generate and evaluate theories, methodologies and concepts for professional practice or scholarship.
  5. Exercise critical thinking and reflection to develop new understanding.
  6. Justify, interpret and communicate propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions.
  7. Apply knowledge and skills in person centred care practices for individuals living with dementia and their families, within interprofessional healthcare, for professional practice and/or further learning.
  8. Apply knowledge and skills in planning and executing a substantial research-based initiative.
  9. Construct a work-based portfolio of evidence to demonstrate how the competencies in the Dementia Care Competency Framework were addressed. 

Course Structure

The Master of Science (Dementia Care) requires the successful completion of 72 credit points of subjects chosen from the table below.

Subject CodeSubject NameCredit PointsSession(s)
Core
SNPG939Psychoactive Substance and Mental Health6Autumn
SNPG950Reflection For Practice6Autumn, Spring
SNPG955Dementia Care Across Settings6Autumn
SNPG956Policy and Practice in the Care of Older People6Autumn
SNPG957Rehabilitation: Concepts and Practice6Spring
SNPG958Advancements in Dementia Care6Spring
SNPG959Tools for Practice Development6Autumn, Spring
SNPG960Facilitation and Education Skills for Practice Development6Autumn, Spring
Plus
SNPG998Major Project24Annual, Autumn, Spring
Or
SNPG905Minor Project12Annual, Autumn, Spring
And, 2 x 6 credit points of electives from Nursing 900 level subjects12
Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

The School of Nursing's multidisciplinary programs are designed to enable students to gain a postgraduate qualification while maintaining a full-time or part-time career in health care.

We provide a dynamic environment for teaching, learning and research and aim to achieve standards of excellence in professional preparation for those wishing to enter the nursing profession and in continuing education for existing clinicians. The programmes are underpinned by practice development principles with a focus on work-based learning activities and assessment tasks,

Close links with service providers ensure programs meet the needs of nurses and the populations they serve.