Master of Science (Gerontology and Rehabilitation Studies)


Program Description

Course summary

A postgraduate qualification in gerontology and rehabilitation studies provides graduates with a competitive advantage in the job market and provides mid-career clinicians with the opportunity to update their knowledge through contemporary studies in aged care and rehabilitation.

Leadership and research skills gained in the Master of Science (Gerontology and Rehabilitation Studies) prepares you for career progression into senior clinical, management, teaching, and research roles. Graduates from this course are Clinical Nurse Consultants, aspiring Clinical Nurse Consultants, family carers, Medical Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Registered Nurses, Social Workers, volunteers and others in aged and dementia care.

The Master of Science (Gerontology and Rehabilitation Studies) is designed to provide opportunities for clinicians working with older people or clients with rehabilitation needs.

You will be able to critically review the health and wellbeing of older people, review social policy in aged care, and develop advocacy skills to work with users, carers and colleagues in the health, social care and voluntary sectors.

The program differs from courses offered by other NSW and Australian universities in that it includes a rehabilitation approach to developing services for older people.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding about recent developments for working with older people and their families and an appreciation of concepts and perspectives associated with interprofessional healthcare for older people and their families, in particular with rehabilitation needs.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research principles and methods relevant for working with older people and their families, in particular with rehabilitation needs.
  3. Investigate, analyse and synthesise information, problems, concepts and theories.
  4. Design, apply, generate and evaluate theories, methodologies and concepts for professional practice or scholarship.
  5. Exercise critical thinking and reflection to develop new understanding.
  6. Justify, interpret and communicate propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions.
  7. Apply knowledge and skills in person-centred care practices for older people and their families, in particular with rehabilitation needs within interprofessional healthcare for professional practice and/or further learning.
  8. Apply knowledge and skills in planning and executing a substantial evidence-based initiative.
  9. Develop a work-based portfolio of evidence to demonstrate how their learning addressed the constructs of the Person-Centred Framework.

Course Structure

To qualify for an award of the degree, the Master of Science (Gerontology and Rehabilitation Studies), a candidate must successfully complete at least 72 credit points of subjects in accordance with the table below.


Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
SNPG915 Essential Skills for Health Researchers 6 Autumn, Spring
SNPG918 Critical Appraisal 6 Spring
SNPG950 Reflection For Practice 6 Autumn, Spring
SNPG960 Facilitation and Education Skills for Practice Development 6 Autumn, Spring
SNPG955 Dementia Care Across Settings 6 Autumn
SNPG956 Policy and Practice in the Care of Older People 6 Autumn
SNPG957 Rehabilitation: Concepts and Practice 6 Spring
SNPG958 Advancements in Dementia Care 6 Spring
SNPG998 Major Project 24 Annual, Autumn, Spring
SNPG905 Minor Project 12 Annual, Autumn, Spring
And, 2 x 6 credit point electives from Nursing 900 level subjects 12

Why choose this course

Health Care and Social Assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs within Australia and is projected to make the largest contribution of 14.9% to employment growth from 2018 to 2023. With this, brings exciting employment opportunities and career options. Source: Employment Projections

Our multidisciplinary programs are designed to enable you to gain a postgraduate qualification while maintaining a full-time or part-time career in health care. We provide a dynamic environment for teaching, learning and research and aim to achieve standards of excellence in professional preparation for those wishing to enter the nursing profession and in continuing education for existing clinicians.

Close links with service providers ensure programs meet the needs of nurses and the populations they serve.


A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Entry Requirements

A 3-year Bachelors degree from a recognised tertiary institution (or equivalent) or successful completion of a Graduate Certificate in a related discipline is required for entry. Consideration will be given to health professionals who do not hold any diplomas or the degrees listed above on a case-by-case basis.

Credit for Prior Learning

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology & Rehabilitation Studies provides 24 credit points' advanced standing towards the Master of Science (Gerontology & Rehabilitation Studies).

English Requirements for international students

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

IELTS Academic

  • Overall Score: 6.5
  • Reading: 6.0
  • Writing: 6.0
  • Listening: 6.0
  • Speaking: 6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

  • Overall Score: 86
  • Reading: 18
  • Writing: 18
  • Listening: 17
  • Speaking: 17

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Last updated Sep 2019

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