Master of Health Science - Aged Services

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Take a step forward in your career with the only graduate program in Australia that combines the study of aged services management with dementia care services.

It is designed to meet the needs of professionals seeking career advancement in the management of residential, retirement and community services.

Develop your skills and knowledge in:

  • leadership
  • financial management in aged care facilities
  • industrial relations
  • human resource management
  • relevant legislation
  • legal and ethical ramifications of decisions in policy and planning

The Masters is the final stage of a nested suite of three courses. The first stage is the Graduate Certificate in Aged Services, and the second stage is the Graduate Diploma in Aged Services Management or the Graduate Diploma in Dementia Care and Service. You can enter and leave at any stage; completion of one stage gives you credit towards the next.

You have the option to study off campus or by distance education.

Course essentials

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

To apply for this course, you can:

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Careers

You could follow a career in:

  • state and local government
  • hospitals
  • residential facilities
  • community service organisations
  • retirement industry
  • health and fitness industry

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Course objectives

The postgraduate program in Aged Services provides up to date higher degree education in a broad range of aged services. The Postgraduate programs are designed for a range of multidisciplinary students seeking to further their knowledge, skills and attitudes in professional leadership and management in aged and dementia care services in any health care setting. The program will equip Graduates to understand the legal and ethical ramifications of leadership and management in aged care services and provide cost effective person-centred services for older people.

Units and electives

The Postgraduate programs in Aged Services incorporate: Master of Health Science - Aged Services (HMSA) 1.5 years full-time or 3 years part-time

(144 credit points)

Graduate Certificate in Aged Services (HTAS) - exit point only 0.5 years full-time or 1 year part-time

(48 credit points - four units) Graduate Diploma in Aged Services Management (HGAM) - exit point only 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

(96 credit points - eight units) Graduate Diploma in Dementia Care and Service (HGDC) - exit point only 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

(96 credit points - eight units)

Graduate Certificate in Aged Services (Exit point HTAS)

Select two of the following four core units:

Plus two units selected from all units listed in the Aged Services Management or Dementia Care and Service below.

Graduate Diploma in Aged Services Management (Exit point HGAM)

Students complete the four core units listed in the Graduate Certificate in Aged Services plus the following four units:

Graduate Diploma in Dementia Care and Service (Exit point HGDC)

Students complete the four core units listed in the Graduate Certificate in Aged Services plus the following four units:

Or

Or

Elective as approved by the Course Coordinator

Master of Health Science - Aged Services

Students have two options:

Option A: Completion of all 12 units listed above; OR

Option B: Completion of one of the two Graduate Diplomas above plus a Minor Thesis as follows:

Full-time (Semester 1 or 2)

Or

Part-time (Semester 1 and 2)

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional 'elective' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission information

  • International: The admission requirement is a three year first degree. Applicants with relevant work, education and/or aged care and/or community services experience may be considered on the basis of equivalence. IELTS minimum 6.5 (no band less then 6.0) or equivalent.
  • Mature: The admission requirement for the Masters is a three year first degree. Applicants with relevant work, education and/or aged care and/or community services experience may be considered on the basis of equivalence.

English language requirements

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

Admission requirements in your country

Find out if you meet the minimum academic (international qualification) requirements to be eligible to apply for this course by reviewing the academic entry requirements listed by country.

How to apply for this course

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

To apply for this course, you can:


If you have questions about your application, you can:

Get in touch

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Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students starting the course in 2014. Fees are subject to approval and may change. In some courses students must buy equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend you seek advice from the relevant faculty.

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