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CL77 - Master of Gerontology


Course Overview

The Master of Gerontology will advance your skills as a health professional responding to the growing challenges of a diverse ageing population. You will develop an advanced understanding of the health of the older person, as well as leadership skills, by participating in new paradigms of thinking. You will enhance your practical skills and research capabilities using interdisciplinary perspectives and ageing theories that can be applied across health care contexts and cultures.

This course provides a strengths-based and holistic view of the older person and the ageing process. Rather than focusing on frailty and disease, you will study the physical, mental and social aspects and implications of ageing. You will analyse the determinants of healthy ageing as well as the various challenges faced by the older population. This course offers an innovative, multidisciplinary variety of core and elective units and a curriculum that is fully responsive to the findings of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (2018). Attention is given to the agency of the older person, complex care needs including dementia and cognitive decline, polypharmacy and safety issues, governmental policies, standards of care and accreditation requirements.

The course is relevant to a wide range of professionals including nurses, allied health professionals, administrators and managers.

Career Information

A Master of Gerontology will prepare you to work in all government and non-government older person's health and aged care organisations. As a graduate, you will also have the skills and knowledge to assume leadership roles and be well prepared for a career that focuses on research and/or project management. Current managers and leaders in the aged care sector will advance their knowledge and skills to consolidate their leadership capacity. 

Course Details
Duration 3 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 72
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Postgraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) MGerontology
AQF Level Level 9: Masters Degree (Coursework)

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2021


Term 1 - 2021


Term 2 - 2020


Term 1 - 2020

There are no future or current domestic availabilities for this course.
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International Availability

Term 2 - 2021

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2021

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
There are no future or current international availabilities for this course.
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Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information.
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

A completed 3 year Australian Bachelor degree, or Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent qualification, in a health-related discipline from a recognised tertiary institution; or

A minimum of 3 years employment experience as a health professional in the aged care sector.

Employment experience should be in the form of a letter of employment and must be presented on a company letterhead as well as signed and dated by a delegated authority.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or

Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0 completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below.

An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 for Reading and Writing and 5.5 for Speaking and Listening, or

An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Advanced Standing

The following applicants may be eligible for a shorter course duration:

• Applicants with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a health-related discipline.

Security Requirements

Not required

Health Requirements

Not required 

Assumed Knowledge

It is recommended that students have completed a health-related degree.

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards CL78 - Graduate Diploma of Gerontology CL79 - Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
Exit Awards CL78 - Graduate Diploma of Gerontology CL79 - Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation


Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2020 5
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour
Behavioural Stability
Legal Compliance
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)
Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)
Relational Skills
Reflective Skills
Sustainable Performance
Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)
Interpersonal Engagement
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Apply advanced practice knowledge in the management and provision of health care to older people.
  • 2. Develop a framework for practice which integrates domestic and international ageing research and theories.
  • 3. Critically examine the complexity of issues associated with providing health care to older people in a variety of settings.
  • 4. Critique policies which impact on the professional, governance, organisational and political context of aged care specific to discipline area.
  • 5. Analyse the biopsychosocial opportunities and challenges of ageing that impact on the care of older people.
  • 6. Critique the impact of stereotyping and ageism, particularly as it relates to the wellbeing of older people.
  • 7. Reflect on the process of ageing as it relates to a culturally diverse population, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • 8. Apply research skills to undertake a research project addressing an issue in older person's health or aged care.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice
2. KNOWLEDGE Have an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship
4. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
5. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
6. SKILLS Have communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
7. SKILLS Have technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use high level personal autonomy and accountability
10 APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.
Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives
More Details
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