Ageing and aged care

Why study ageing and aged care?

The world faces diverse and growing challenges associated with an ageing population.  Gerontology coursework and research provides health and human services professionals with knowledge and skills to work effectively in areas associated with older people and make a positive contribution to the field.

As a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for work in fields where older people are the focus. These include health and aged care, policy development, human services, health promotion and social research.

Gerontology at La Trobe


Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

Location: City

Start dates: Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)

Duration: 1 year or part-time equivalent. You can study full-time only in Semester 1 (March) and part-time only in Semester 2 (July).

Master of Health Sciences

Location: City

Start dates: Semester 1 (March)Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)

Duration: 2 years2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.

Your study experience

Ageing and aged care placements

Admission to our gerontology courses normally requires a degree or diploma in health sciences or a related area. If you do not have these qualifications but have relevant experience, you may be eligible for entry to the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology or single subjects. Selection criteria may include work experience and other skills.

For further information, contact:

Dr Angela Herd Course Co-ordinator
Postgraduate Gerontology Program
Tel: + 61 3 9479 5813

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

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