Master of Health Science (Aged Services)

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Follow your passion in a rewarding career as a healthcare professional in the aged services sector.

This specialised aged care degree will equip you with the necessary skills to work as a manager, consultant, policy researcher or administrator in an industry set for continued growth and demand.

You will be equipped with critical and work-ready skills to lead in culturally diverse contexts and to find creative and evidence-based solutions to important contemporary challenges of a global ageing population.

Course essentials



With a VU postgraduate qualification in Health Services (Aged Care) – the only course of its kind in Victoria – you’ll develop business management expertise in line with models of excellence in aged and dementia practice. 

Job titles

This course could lead to an aged care career in:

  • program planning
  • policy development
  • business and financial management
  • operational management
  • quality assurance
  • human resource management.

Employment rates

With a growing ageing population, the course responds to a strong demand for highly qualified managers, consultants and administrators in aged and community services.

Industry links

Practical learning is central to this program and students develop important industry links in the first semester and complete an industry based project in the final year. 

Course objectives

On successful completion of the new HMAG Program, students will be able to:

1. Reflect critically on theory and professional practice to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge underpinning high quality person-centred age care service delivery;
2. Critically apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and evaluate complex problems, concepts and theories to interrogate management practices, including quality assurance, financial effectiveness and human resource capacity building;
3. Formulate and execute a substantial research project or evidence-based capstone workplace experience to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at abstract and practical levels, demonstrating a high level of personal autonomy and accountability;
4. Interpret and apply policy documents, legislation and research publications to exemplify consideration of the legal, ethical and cultural ramifications of age care provision to justify conclusions and decision making to professional colleagues and community stakeholders;
5. Critically reflect upon management decision making and influence policy formulation from a systems perspective by formulating, implementing and evaluating industry-specific investigations to manage risks and governance challenges;
6. Exhibit management skills and leadership in promoting greater understanding of growing older in a demographically aging society.

Units and electives

The Master of Health Science (Aged Services) (HMAG) degree is a 192 credit point two-year full-time award, which may be studied in part-time mode. In the second year of the program, students have a choice of a practice or research stream. Students are able to design their own pathways through the course to correspond with their interests and workforce needs.

Master of Health Science (Aged Services) (HMAG)
Students have the option of a Practice or Research Stream:

Option A: Completion of all 1st year units and Practice Stream in 2nd Year
Option B: Completion of all 1st year units and Research Stream in 2nd Year
Students entering the research stream require course advice.

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Year 2, Semester 1

(Practice Stream)

Plus 12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) selected from list below

Year 2, Semester 2

Plus 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) selected from list below

Year 2, Semester 1

Option B
(Research Stream)

Plus 12 credit points (equivalent to 1 unit) selected from list below

Year 2, Semester 2

Elective unit list

Semester 1 electives

Semester 2 electives

Admission information

  • TAFE: NA
  • Year 12: NA
  • International: In addition to satisfying the entry requirements for Australian Resident students or demonstrating equivalence, overseas students must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language: International English Language Testing System, or equivalent, - overall score of 6.5 and no individual band score less than 6. Prospective students are also required to submit a specific written ‘Statement of Purpose’ as to why they want a career in aged services.
  • Mature: The Master of Health Science (Aged Services) is aimed at both recent graduates and those who have extensive managerial experience in the industry who now wish to support their experience with the relevant academic qualification. Admission to the course is normally subject to meeting a 3 year Bachelor Degree in a related discipline or equivalent AQF Level 7 qualification. In the absence of formal qualifications an applicant must have such training and work experience as to indicate the ability to undertake the course successfully. The capacity of an applicant to reach learning objectives, based upon their previous working experience, will be assessed by the Course Coordinator or Discipline Leader on a case-by-case basis.

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