New directions in ageing

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Build the skills and knowledge to become a future leader in this fast-growing sector.

Program overview

Population ageing is a global megatrend having a diverse and far-reaching impact on all of society. The demand for people with the skills and knowledge to respond to the complexities of the global ageing phenomenon is high, and the career opportunities huge and varied.

Our exciting program in gerontology is the first of its kind and draws from disciplines spanning public health, social work, architectural and urban design, economics and technology. Designed to meet the escalating market demand for skilled and knowledgeable leaders, innovators and practitioners, you'll gain a broad understanding of ageing as a social, physical and psychological experience, along with practical, industry-relevant skills to succeed in this fast-growing sector.

If you’re looking to specialise in gerontology and build a career in this expanding field, or you want to formalise existing knowledge, then these courses are for you. Whether you're a policy professional or registered nurse, working in physiotherapy or human services, our interdisciplinary programs are for a wide range of professionals.

This is a highly flexible online program, with the option of part-time study. You can select from a broad range of subjects, and study to the level that suits you.

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Course name Full-time durationPart-time*Points Total course fee**Intakes*** Ready to apply?
Graduate Certificate in Gerontology 6 months 1 year 50 AUD$13,888 January, April, July, October Apply now
Specialist Certificate in Gerontology 3 months 6 months 25 AUD$6,944 January, April, July, October Apply now

*Part-time duration is calculated on the basis of studying one subject per term.
**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. More information about fees.

***View key dates for further important dates and deadlines.

Personally, I learnt a considerable amount about ageing, and the knowledge is helping me to look ahead and get things in place before I decide I’m too old to organise [myself]. I’m also able to see how different aspects of ageing affects lots of other people and I hope I can advocate for some of them, if they would like me to. Lorna Prendergast, 2019 graduate.

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  • Access the best minds
  • Learn from diverse perspectives
  • You’ll never feel alone – there’s always support.

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