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Dementia Postgraduate

Learn from the global leaders in dementia education to help lead positive change.

The Wicking Dementia Centre is a global leader in dementia research and education, with a mission to transform the understanding of dementia worldwide. We offer leading online education, based on the latest research, that is suitable for everyone at any stage of their career.

The Wicking Dementia Centre has been offering online education since 2012. We constantly update and refine our courses to ensure the most relevant and up-to-date information, based on the latest research evidence.

The rising prevalence of dementia is creating new challenges and a pressing need for change in the way our systems and practises provide support. Equip yourself with the expertise to lead transformation, based on the latest evidence.

Course Options

Master of Dementia

1.5 years min, 4 years max
Online

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Graduate Diploma of Dementia

1 year min, 3 years max
Online

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Graduate Certificate in Dementia

0.5 years min, 2 years max
Online

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The rising prevalence of dementia globally is creating new challenges and opportunities within the aged care industry.

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

Acquired knowledge will be linked to your individual situation in assessments, keeping the program relevant and up-to-date.

Study options

Course structure

Our postgraduate courses focus on these core disciplines:

  • Health and Social Care in Dementia
  • Neurobiology of dementia
  • Policies and Systems in Dementia
  • Public Health and Dementia

Health and Social Care in Dementia

Explore a range of approaches aimed at supporting people living with dementia to maintain healthy lives. Critical factors in quality of life, such as assessment, intervention and therapeutics, communication, and social and care environments, are used to support a human rights-based approach to meeting the needs of people living with dementia.

Neurobiology of Dementia

Examine the function and dysfunction of the brain to get a deep understanding of the diseases that cause dementia. The roles of disease biomarkers in diagnosis and therapeutic evaluation are reviewed, along with the strengths and weaknesses of current laboratory-based and clinical research in these areas.

Policies and Systems in Dementia

Examine the ways that healthcare systems and government policy affect health and social care provision. In particular, the ways that different policies and systems can affect the experiences of people living with dementia, and the people who care for them.

Public Health and Dementia

Explore the evidence for dementia prevention, as well as the rise of dementia-friendly communities, in the context of public health strategy. Look at ways to reduce dementia incidence through health education, behaviour change, awareness raising, and adapting public spaces and facilities to accommodate the needs of people living with dementia.

Research in Dementia

At the graduate diploma level, all units engage with the primary research literature in their respective fields, and a dedicated unit examines research techniques in the major domains. At the master’s level, a major project unit allows you to explore a topic of particular interest at greater depth.

Course breakdown

1

Graduate Certificate in Dementia

50 credit points

Core structure

Our postgraduate courses focus on these core disciplines:

  • Health and Social Care in Dementia
  • Neurobiology of Dementia
  • Policies and Systems in Dementia
  • Public Health and Dementia

2

Graduate Diploma of Dementia

100 credit points

Core units

All units covered in the Graduate Certificate, plus:

  • Methods for dementia research

Then choose three electives (600 level) from:

  • Health and Social Care in Dementia 2
  • Neurobiology of Dementia 2
  • Policies and Systems in Dementia 2
  • Public Health and Dementia
  • Public Health and Dementia 2

3

Master of Dementia

150 credit points

Core units

All units covered in the Graduate Diploma plus (core and electives),

  • Major project in dementia studies (25CP)

And choose two (700 level) electives from:

  • Advanced Topics in Health and Social Care in Dementia
  • Advanced Topics in the Neurobiology of Dementia
  • Advanced Topics in Policies and Systems in Dementia
  • Public Health and Dementia
  • Advanced Topics in Public Health and Dementia

Career outlook

Amanda Crombie, Dementia Care graduate

“I was thrilled with my results and being valedictorian because I never imagined I could achieve this level of academic success. Having not written academically for many years and having very basic computer literacy was a challenge at the start of my studies, but persistence paid off and I got a handle on both after a little while.”

Learn more about Amanda

The Master of Dementia program provides students with an in-depth understanding of dementia and its impact on individuals, societies and governments. Graduates will possess the skills and critical faculties to identify and evaluate primary evidence, international practices, and appropriate resources to inform their professional and personal dealings in meeting and anticipating the needs of people with dementia.

As expectations increase around quality of care of people living with dementia, a variety of opportunities may become available for those with advanced studies. All students and alumni of the Master of Dementia Program will be able to share their knowledge via online professional communities of practice, hosted by the Wicking Dementia Centre and available to them indefinitely after graduation.

Health and welfare support workers

16.6%

5-year growth to 2024

people living with dementia worldwide

46 million

expected to double every 20 years

If global dementia care were a country:

18th

largest economy in the world

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses and are available on each individual course page, which you can access from Course Options. We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition for Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.