Master of Gerontology
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Specialise in gerontology and extend your ability to lead in the field

As the population ages, there is an emerging need for high-quality aged care services, and the professionals to lead and deliver them.

The Master of Gerontology equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to serve ageing populations and address the challenges and opportunities associated with ageing in society. It will challenge you to extend your leadership ability in the field, preparing you for organisational leadership with a focus on ensuring health and aged care services evolve to meet changing community needs. You will develop strong written and oral communication skills; an understanding of how cultural factors can impact the ageing process and the delivery of services to older person; ethical and legal issues related to ageing and end of life care; and skills to develop and lead programs and services that improves quality of services and meet needs of the older person.

The Master of Gerontology has been co-designed with dedicated academics, including Associate Professor Margaret MacAndrew and Associate Professor Christina Parker, who were recognised for outstanding contributions in the field of gerontology and nursing education and were recipients of the Distinguished Educator award from the National Hartford Centre for Gerontological Nursing Excellence. You can learn more about how they are QUT: Where Exceptional Nursing Education Meets Gerontology Research and Practice in our blog.

By completing a Master of Gerontology, healthcare professionals with prior work experience have the opportunity to specialise, learn about all aspects of ageing and be more competitive for securing higher level positions within aged care, including leadership positions.

Why study this course? To develop specialised knowledge and skills that enables you to influence change, show leadership and provide the best possible care to meet the individualised needs of the older person.

The Graduate Diploma in Gerontology is a possible early exit point for this course.

Start your application process today to secure your future with QUT Online.

Entry Requirements

You can gain entry into the Master of Gerontology with:
  • A recognised bachelor degree (or higher) in a nursing, medical or allied health discipline. Or

  • Current AHPRA registration within the applicant’s field of practice; plus

    At least 3 years full-time equivalent (FTE) professional work experience in the same field as the current APHRA registration

    (Enrolled nurse registration is not acceptable)

This course is not available to international students.

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"The Master of Gerontology course at QUT Online has been a catalyst for my professional growth. Thanks to this course, I now work at the esteemed Geriatric Evaluation and Management Clinic (GEM), providing specialised care to older individuals. I also collaborate with a dedicated team at a rural hospital, delivering acute and emergency services to older patients in need. The course not only expanded my knowledge and skills in Gerontology but also instilled the confidence needed to make a meaningful difference in the lives of older adults. The flexibility of online learning allowed me to successfully balance my work, family, and studies. Throughout my journey, the support from the Lead Unit Coordinator, Project Supervisor, and Online Learning Advisors was exceptional."

Rohini Lata QUT Online Graduate

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Career opportunities

Executive Clinical Director

Provides clinical leadership to the team caring for older persons and is responsible for clinical governance, promoting a culture of continuous improvement, developing policies and working collaboratively to provide best possible care to older persons.

Facility Manager

Manage and lead a team to promote safe and effective care of the older person that aligns with national standards and meets individualised needs.

Quality Compliance and Innovation Manager

Responsible for identifying potential risks and developing plans to mitigate ensuring compliance with standards and exploring opportunities for innovation and improvement when caring for older persons.

Clinical Educator

Responsible for training and development of staff to ensure they have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide high quality care when caring for older persons.

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Whether you’re advancing or changing your career, studying online is the flexible way to achieve your goal, allowing you to log on and learn when it suits.

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Fit study into your life, when it suits you. If you study on your lunch break, or after your kids are in bed, you can access everything you need, wherever you are.


Does this course require any placement?

No, a placement is not part of this course.

What are the project units about?

You can choose your own topic(s) in the field of gerontology to research. These are two scholarly, work-relevant projects – including a systematic review of academic literature – engaging with Gerontology theory. You will share your research findings with leaders in the field of Gerontology at an end-of-course conference. Your project units give you the opportunity to draw together all the knowledge and skills you have gained from the master’s program.

Does this course focus on any hands-on elements of the aged care industry?

Yes, among others you will learn about dementia care, skin and wound care, managing chronic illness as well as palliative and end-of-life care.

Is this a useful addition to a general nursing career?

Yes, for example, if you want to specialise in palliative or aged care. You can also use the master’s degree as a stepping stone into a more senior role in the care sector.