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

Open for Mid-year entry
Apply direct to VU

Direct applications close on 18 July 2014.

Note that campus locations may offer different options (e.g. study mode, fee type.)

Already a VU student?

You can transfer into this course through our internal transfer process.

Student Graham discusses his experiences studying the course.

Careers

You could follow a career in:

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

Graham Custance

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.

How to apply for this course

Apply direct to VU

Direct applications close on 18 July 2014.

Before applying:

Note that campus locations may offer different options (e.g. study mode, fee type). You may wish to review:

  • The course index to confirm the study options available at each location.
  • Advice to applicants which provides information about how to apply for your course and what happens when you submit your application.

Also consider whether you wish to apply for:

  • Special consideration: For people with specific life circumstances, you can request these be taken into consideration when assessing your course application.
  • Extra credit for past skills and study (this is known as 'Advanced standing').

When you're ready:

Apply direct to VU

You will need to create an account (or use your existing VU one).

You'll be able to submit applications for one or more courses and track the progress of these whenever you like.

After you apply:

It is important that you check emails from us (remember to also look in the Spam folder) and complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered.

Transferring between VU courses

Want to swap into this course from another VU course? You can apply online at the Admissions centre .

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current course.

You can also contact us directly:

  • Ring us on +61 3 9919 6100
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