Course overview

This course has intakes in all terms. View Key Dates for upcoming terms, application dates and important deadlines.

Full-time duration Part-time duration Core subjects Elective Subjects Capstone subject* Total course fee*
1.5 years 3 years 4 6 1 A$38,357

*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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The Master of Ageing is a unique fully online course about local and global challenges, and new directions and solutions in the field of ageing. Societal change coupled with relentless technological development demands flexible, responsive and integrative approaches to managing ageing populations and workforces. Given the complexity of this field and its relevance to all populations, the Master of Ageing course is interdisciplinary, intergenerational and international. Subjects are taught by academics and leading industry experts from Australia and around the world, in public health, medicine, social work, architecture and design, engineering, business and economics, government, and the arts.

If you are a looking to develop a greater understanding of the complex implications of ageing populations and workforces and access the career opportunities in this rapidly expanding sector, this course is for you.

Course aims

We’ve designed this course 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. This course will provide opportunities to gain practical skills and undertake high-order analysis, using interdisciplinary strategies and cross-cultural comparisons.

Students will learn how national and global politics, economics, ethics and social equity influence the way society plans for and meets infrastructure and service delivery requirements of ageing populations in Australia and around the world. Hear expert perspectives on the trends, issues and challenges faced by communities, organisations, businesses and governments. Investigate how an ageing population drives workforce and retirement trends, and how recent technological advances can revolutionise the ageing experience. Develop the capacity to identify market needs, negotiate with government and shape policy. Identify and analyse the multiple determinants of healthy ageing and develop integrative approaches to managing them.

Who the course is for

This course is for those looking to build a career specialising in this fast-growing sector and will be particularly relevant if you are a policy and planning professional, entrepreneur, manager, healthcare professional, or someone already working with ageing populations and workforces. At the completion of this course, students will be well placed for leadership advocacy and managerial roles.

Career outcomes

The greater integration of technology into everyday life continues to revolutionise areas such as healthcare provision, product design, productivity and transportation, and attention to the needs of older people in each of these areas is increasing. Product development associated with the field of gerontechnology is beginning to have an effect on many other industries. Urban design, immigration policy, consumer policy, consumer protection, insurance and financial education are all being affected by the global ageing phenomenon. Notions of retirement are evolving and plans for longer working lives are influencing the approaches that large organisations and financial advisors are taking with ageing populations.

The Master of Ageing is designed to increase your leadership and career potential to meet the accelerating market demand for a skilled workforce. The course provides both a contextual overview and specialist skills along with knowledge of the key issues around ageing. Local, state and federal governments along with NGOs and private sector organisations are keen to employ skilled graduates.

In the Australian aged-care sector alone, there are currently over 350,000 paid employees and the Productivity Commission on Caring for Older Australians expects this workforce to quadruple in size over the next forty years (Productivity Commission on Caring for Older Australians, 2011). Half of these employers report skill shortages due to a lack of specialist knowledge required to meet service delivery demands.

Access career opportunities through our extensive Master of Ageing Industry Network. Network members range from prominent private consulting companies and the Victorian government, to large service delivery organisations, consultancies, financial institutions, technology firms, retirement villages and peak bodies.

What you will learn

  • Develop solutions to complex ageing issues

  • Appraise ageing-related systems

  • Assess strategies aimed at promoting healthy living

Who you will learn from

Your online learning experience is enriched by interaction with lecturers, tutors and your fellow classmates. You can expect input and feedback from your lecturers and tutors as well as regular real-time sessions where you speak with the instructor and fellow students.

Find out more about the University of Melbourne online learning experience.

  • Tim Adair
    Tim Adair, Principal Research Fellow, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
  • Eleanor Curran
    Eleanor Curran, MHSC Aged Stream Coordinator, Psychiatry
  • Associate Professor Briony Dow
    Associate Professor Briony Dow, Clinical Associate Professor
  • Lena Gan
    Lena Gan, Program Director, Master of Ageing
  • Lyn Gillam
    Lyn Gillam, Professor in Health Ethics, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
  • Dr Ralph Hampson
    Dr Ralph Hampson, Senior Lecturer Social Work
  • Professor Ian McDonald
    Professor Ian McDonald, Emeritus Professor in Economics
  • Ros McDougall
    Ros McDougall, Senior Lecturer in Health Ethics
  • Clare Newton
    Clare Newton, Associate Professor in Learning Environments, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
  • Alan Pert
    Alan Pert, Professor of Architecture. University of Melbourne
  • Associate Professor Louisa Remedios
    Associate Professor Louisa Remedios, Director of Teaching and Learning, School of Health Science
  • Jenny Waycott
    Jenny Waycott, Senior Lecturer, School of Computing and Information Systems
  • Ruth Williams
    Ruth Williams, Academic Convenor (Ageing Research Initiative) & Research Fellow
  • Sue Malta
    Sue Malta, Research Fellow, School of Population and Global Health
  • Cathy Said
    Cathy Said, Associate Professor Of Physiotherapy Western Health, Physiotherapy
  • Anton Allen
    Anton Allen, Bioethicist, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

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