Ageing in society
online graduate courses

Respond to the complex and evolving changes of an ageing population.

Respond to the complex and evolving changes of an ageing population worldwide. Whether you work in aged care, public policy or industry, now’s the time to build your skills and knowledge in this fast-growing area.

  • Professor Terry Nolan
    Professor Terry Nolan
    Head, Melbourne School of
    Population and Global Health
The Master of Ageing is an innovative course that brings together leading experts from multiple disciplines for a creative and proactive approach to the economic, social and political dimensions of ageing.

Program overview

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in just about every country on the planet “the proportion of people aged over 60 years is growing faster than any other age group”. These societal changes will continue to bring challenges and opportunities.

This course has been designed to produce leaders in the field of ageing who will be able to develop new approaches and policies that help shift the focus to a more positive and holistic view of ageing. It is particularly relevant to policy and planning professionals, entrepreneurs, managers, healthcare professionals and those working with ageing populations and workforces. Graduates will be well placed to take up leadership, advocacy, and managerial roles in this rapidly expanding sector.

As a graduate of the Ageing in Society course you will gain the same qualification and graduation certificate as an on-campus student because you will achieve identical learning outcomes from the same academics that teach our on-campus courses. If you complete your master’s you will also be invited to attend a graduation ceremony in Melbourne.

Interested in studying a course face-to-face? Explore our range of award and short courses relevant to you.

Online course options

Next term starts: 7 October 2019
Applications close: 23 September 2019

Course name Full-time duration Part-time duration* Core subjects Elective subjects Capstone subjects** Total course fee*** 
Master of Ageing 1.5 years 3 years 5 5 1


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Graduate Diploma in Ageing 1 year 2 years 4 4 -


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Graduate Certificate in Ageing 6 months 1 year - 4 -


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Specialist Certificate in Ageing 3 months 6 months - 2 -


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*Please note, part-time duration is calculated on the basis of studying one subject per term.

**The Ageing in Society capstone subject is designed to consolidate the knowledge and specialised skills acquired from the coursework into a final project and provide students with the opportunity to connect with our extensive industry network. Please review the course page for more information on this component.

***The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 5 per cent per annum.

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  • Entry requirements
  • Time commitment for subjects
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