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

Course summary

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:

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.

We also offer a Graduate Certificate which is a pathway for further studies or roles in the sector.

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine

Campus

Wollongong, UOW Online Wollongong

Course Code

1616

Duration

1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Delivery

Distance, Flexible

Cricos

067084D

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.

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

FEES

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

Flexible

$13,536 (2021)

$40,608 (2021)

UOW Online Wollongong

Distance

$13,536 (2021)

$40,608 (2021)

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.

* 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.

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

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)

86

18

18

17

17

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.


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

Flexible

$15,696 (2021)

$47,088 (2021)

UOW Online Wollongong

Distance

$15,696 (2021)

$47,088 (2021)

* 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 2019.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 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 2019

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 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

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

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2021 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 23 - 25 February 2021
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 17 January 2021*
  • International Applicants: 17 January 2021*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.
Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not available.

2021 Autumn

UOW Online Wollongong

Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 17 January 2021*
  • International Applicants: 17 January 2021*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.

Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not available.

2021 Spring

Wollongong

Orientation: 19 July 2021
Session: 26 July – 18 November 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 27 June 2021*
  • International Applicants: 27 June 2021*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.
Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not available.

2021 Spring

UOW Online Wollongong

Session: 26 July – 18 November 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 27 June 2021*
  • International Applicants: 27 June 2021*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.

Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not available.

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:

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

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Master of Science, a candidate must successfully complete at least 72 credit points, comprised of one of the following specialisations:

Other Information

For further information please email: smah-students@uow.edu.au

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

Health Care and Social Assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs within Australia and is projected to make the largest contribution of 14.9% to employment growth from 2018-2023. This brings exciting employment opportunities and career options. Source: Employment Projections.

Our multidisciplinary programs are designed to enable you to gain a postgraduate qualification while maintaining your full-time or part-time career and balance family commitments. 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 or existing clinicians. Close links with service providers ensure programs meet the needs of healthcare providers and the populations they serve.

The Master of Science (Person Centred Dementia Care) was redesigned for 2020 to reflect contemporary policy, practice and education in dementia care services. Experience online work-based learning with guidance from a team who combine clinical practice with research expertise.