Master of Dementia (M7X)

Overview  2022

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 1.5 Years, up to a maximum of 4 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Distance Hobart
Semester 1

Commonwealth Supported places available

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 1.5 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Distance Hobart
Semester 1

Be at the forefront of innovation to address dementia, the major health and social issue of the 21st century.

The Master of Dementia offers a research-enabled, cross-disciplinary understanding of dementia and its impact on individuals, societies and governments. Graduates will possess a range of knowledge and perspectives, and deep insights to the nature and quality of evidence which underpins them, to inform their professional and personal support for the needs of people with dementia. Experience in critical appraisal and design of research allows graduates to choose the best information and evidence, or to design research where the evidence is lacking. As expectations increase around person-centred care, and decision making informed by a deep knowledge of dementia, a variety of leadership and design opportunities may become available for those with postgraduate qualifications in dementia.

The rising prevalence of dementia is creating new challenges and a pressing need for change in the way our systems and practices support people who live with dementia. This program will equip you with the expertise to lead transformation, based on the latest evidence.

Course information:

  • Fully online and flexible with modular content suitable for a wide variety of study approaches
  • Easy to navigate and accessible across a range of devices
  • Personal perspectives highlighted in assessments linking acquired knowledge to individual contexts.
  • Relevant and up-to-date course information

The Wicking Dementia Centre

The Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre is at the forefront of translational research of relevance to people with dementia and their carers, and provides a range of innovative educational programs on dementia. The Wicking Dementia Centre undertakes multidisciplinary research around three main themes – the Care, Cause and Prevention of Dementia. Educational programs are closely interlinked with the Centre’s research programs.

The Wicking Dementia Centre, a flagship of the University's College of Health and Medicine, was established in 2008 and is core-funded by the J.O. & J.R. Wicking Trust (managed by Equity Trustees) with significant contributions from the University of Tasmania.

Career outcomes

We anticipate career outcomes that incorporate deep knowledge of dementia as an element of leadership, depending on the student's background, and drawing on the research literature to inform practice and design. These may include:

  • Senior manager roles, coordinator roles or operational management positions for residential care or community facilities
  • Government or private roles focusing on designing and implementing policy and governance
  • Roles that lead, inform and design practice around care, with a strong person-centred focus
  • Senior clinical roles and clinical leadership (for students with a health-professional background), driving evidence-based practice and clinical redesign
  • Articulation to research higher degrees or other research-focused pathways, drawing on research design and critical evaluation skills

Course structure

     
     

This unit examines social, therapeutic and environmental factors influencing the health and wellbeing of people with dementia, and their carers. The impact of dementia on individuals, and provision for the rights and needs of people with dementia, are the focus…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit examines the neurobiology, pathology and disease processes of the primary diseases causing dementia. Damage andpathology are contextualised in terms of the functions of the nervous system, providing insights to the causes, symptoms andprogression of the most common dementias.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit examines the effect of policies and systems on the societal impact of dementia, and the effective provision of support, services and resources to people with dementia and the people who care for them, including approaches enabling independent living…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit examines the evidence base for, and the potential impact of, public health interventions aimed at (1) reducing the incidence of dementia in the general population, and (2) improving quality of life for those living with dementia. The large…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides students with a working knowledge of the major research techniques and design approaches used to build theevidence base in the four content domains of the course: Individual and Social Care, Neurobiology, Policies andSystems, and Public Health .…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides a framework for students to design a research project, potentially of direct relevance to their professionaland/or personal context, under the guidance of a research-experienced mentor. The form and scope of the project will benegotiated between student and…

Credit Points: 25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Choose three units from the following:

This unit engages students with the primary research literature dealing with factors influencing the health and wellbeing of people with dementia, and their carers. Community strategies and social programmes focused on supporting healthy autonomous life for people with dementia, are…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit engages students with the primary research literature in the neurobiology of dementia, including pathological andfunctional research, and a range of models and outcomes used to assess potential therapeutics. Genetics, lifestyle risk factors,biomarkers, imaging techniques and assays are examined…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit engages students with the primary research literature in policies and systems focused on meeting the needs of people with dementia. Factors such as budget, access, equity and culture are considered in appraising the approaches taken by governments and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit engages students with the primary research literature in public health policies and the design of interventions related to dementia. The evidence base for existing and proposed interventions is examined, and across multiple countries the question of effective use…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Choose two units from the following:

This unit develops critical thinking and deeper evaluation of research for advanced students studying individual and social health for people with dementia. Students form a peer critique group to examine articles in domains of particular interest. Papers are selected to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit develops critical thinking and deeper evaluation of research for advanced students studying the neurobiology ofdementia. Students form a peer critique group to examine articles in domains of particular interest. Five papers are selected fromstudent proposals to evaluate in…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit develops critical thinking and deeper evaluation of research for advanced students studying policy and the design ofsystems relevant for people living with dementia. Students form a peer critique group to examine articles in domains of particularinterest. Papers are…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit develops critical thinking and deeper evaluation of research for advanced students studying public health approaches todementia. Students form a peer critique group to examine articles in domains of particular interest. Papers are selected to evaluate in an online…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

  • A bachelor degree in a health discipline, social work or psychology (AQF7/equivalent from a recognised institution)
  • A bachelor degree (AQF7 equivalent) in another field, PLUS EITHER a year of full time (equivalent) work experience in dementia/aged care, neurobiology, heath systems/services or public health, OR successful prior completion of four units from the Diploma of Dementia Care (M1D)
  • We recommend that candidates complete the Understanding Dementia MOOC prior to enrolment, if their previous degree is not related to dementia.
  • An IELTS score with an overall band of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0) is required or other approved method of meeting UTAS English language requirements.

The Master of Dementia can articulate to a research-based PhD project, which would take an additional 3-4 years. The unit CAD700, Major Project in Dementia Studies, can be used to gain key research readiness skills and establish a potential project with a research advisor, allowing successful students to apply to enter the PhD program.

Please contact the Course Coordinator for more information.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students studying this course can be provided with a Commonwealth Supported Place, allowing for access to HECS-HELP loan. For more information please visit the StudyAssist website.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may not be eligible for student payments through Youth Allowance and Austudy. Visit the Department of Social Services website to find out more about eligibility for Centrelink support and the list of eligible courses

International students

2022 Total Course Fee (international students): $ 18,210 AUD *.

Course cost based on a rate of $12,000 AUD per standard, full-time year of study (100 credit points).

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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