Master of Ageing

The University of Melbourne - Online

Program Description

Master of Ageing

The University of Melbourne - Online

Ageing is our greatest common denominator, yet our knowledge of it is still very limited. As populations around the world grow older, we need to understand the economic, social and political implications of ageing.

The Master of Ageing is a fully online course that delves deep into the challenges facing ageing populations from a local as well as global perspective. This interdisciplinary course explores new directions in the field of ageing, factoring in societal change, and swift technological developments. 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 career opportunities in this rapidly expanding sector, then this course is for you. At Australia's #1 University, your online learning experience will be enriched by regular feedback as well as real-time sessions where you speak with the instructor and fellow students. Students taking the course from overseas are not required to have an international student visa.

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 impact 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.


What you will learn

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-level 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. You'll investigate how an ageing population drives workforce and retirement trends, and how recent technological advances can revolutionise the ageing experience. You'll also develop the capacity to identify market needs, negotiate with government and shape policy. And you’ll be able to critically assess strategies aimed at promoting healthy and productive ageing across the lifespan (ie legislation, policy and community development).

Course structure

To gain the Master of Ageing you must complete 150 points comprising of:

  • Four core subjects
  • Six elective subjects; and
  • One capstone subject.

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Entry requirements

To apply for the Master of Ageing, you are required to have:

  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline, or equivalent
  • Documented evidence of at least two years' professional work experience.

Meeting these requirements makes you eligible for selection but does not guarantee selection.

Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.


Australian Citizens
FEE-HELP is a loan available to eligible students in domestic fee-paying places to help pay for all or part of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government sets limits on how much you can borrow. FEE-HELP loans are repaid through the taxation system. No loan fee applies to loans for postgraduate studies. Detailed information about eligibility for FEE-HELP is available from the Study Assist website.

Students Outside Australia
There are no scholarships available for overseas online students from the University of Melbourne. Companies, home universities, professional organisations and charities may provide scholarships.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 13, 2018
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