Master of Science (Dementia Care) (Online Delivery available)

Course summary

A postgraduate qualification in dementia care provides you 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) will prepare you 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, UOW Online

Course Code

437

Duration

1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

Distance, On Campus

Cricos

084856A

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

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

FEES

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$13,248 (2019)

$39,744 (2019)

UOW Online

Distance

$13,248 (2019)

$39,744 (2019)

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.

ENTRY 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 FOR PRIOR LEARNING

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

FEES

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.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$14,688 (2019)

$44,064 (2019)

UOW Online

Distance

$14,688 (2019)

$44,064 (2019)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2017.

Applicant background

2017 intake

2017 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2017

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2019 Autumn

Wollongong

Enrolment and Orientation: 26 - 28 February 2019
Session: 4 March – 27 June 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 31 December 2018. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 31 December 2018. Late applications may be considered.

2019 Autumn

UOW Online

Session: 4 March – 27 June 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 31 January 2019. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 15 February 2019. Late applications may be considered.

2019 Spring

Wollongong

Enrolment and Orientation: 22 July 2019
Session: 29 July – 21 November 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 30 June 2019. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 12 July 2019. Late applications may be considered.

2019 Spring

UOW Online

Session: 29 July – 21 November 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 30 June 2019. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 12 July 2019. Late applications may be considered.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

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 demonstrate:

CLO Description
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

To qualify for award of the degree, the Master of Science (Dementia Care), a candidate must successfully complete at least 72 credit points chosen from the table below.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Core
SNPG939 Psychoactive Substance and Mental Health 6 Autumn
SNPG950 Reflection For Practice 6 Autumn, Spring
SNPG955 Dementia Care Across Settings 6 Autumn
SNPG956 Policy and Practice in the Care of Older People 6 Autumn
SNPG957 Rehabilitation: Concepts and Practice 6 Spring
SNPG958 Advancements in Dementia Care 6 Spring
SNPG959 Tools for Practice Development 6 Autumn, Spring
SNPG960 Facilitation and Education Skills for Practice Development 6 Autumn, Spring
Plus
SNPG998 Major Project 24 Annual, Autumn, Spring
Or
SNPG905 Minor Project 12 Annual, Autumn, Spring
And, 2 x 6 credit points of electives from Nursing 900 level subjects 12

 

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

UOW's multidisciplinary nursing and health programs are designed to enable you 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.

Health Care and Social Assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs within Australia and is projected to make the largest contribution of 25.1% to employment growth from 2017 to 2022. With this, brings exciting employment opportunities and career options. Source: Employment Projections