Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

The University of Melbourne

Course details

Level of study: Postgraduate


The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology at the University of Melbourne is an exciting interdisciplinary course that is designed to provide students with key competencies in the ageing field to meet the rapidly increasing market demand.

This is the first course of its kind that brings together academics from multiple disciplines, including public health, medicine, architecture and design, engineering, business and economics, government, and the arts, in collaboration with leading experts from Australia and around the world.

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is designed for those looking to build a career specialising in this fast-growing sector. It will be particularly relevant for policy and planning professionals, entrepreneurs, managers, healthcare professionals, and anyone already working with ageing populations and workforces. At the completion of this course, you will be well-placed for leadership, advocacy and managerial roles.

Course aims

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-order analysis, using interdisciplinary strategies and cross-cultural comparisons.

In this course you 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
  • Hear expert perspectives on the trends, issues and challenges faced by communities, organisations, businesses and governments
  • Investigate how an ageing population drives workforce and retirement trends, and how recent technological advances can revolutionise the ageing experience
  • Develop the capacity to identify market needs, negotiate with government and shape policy
  • Identify and analyse the multiple determinants of healthy ageing and develop integrative approaches to managing them.

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 effect 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.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
13,888 Per Year Expected Jul 2023 6 months
Read more6 months full time/ 1 year part time

Self study / online (without attendance)
The University of Melbourne
Parkville Campus
Grattan Street
Melbourne Victoria 3010

Entry criteria

To apply for the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, you are required to have:

  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline, or equivalent

English language requirements:

IELTS (academic English Only): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0);
TOEFL (paper-based test): 577 +, TWE 4.5;
TOEFL (internet-based test): 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13);
Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 +, no communicative skill below 50
Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 +, no skill below 169.


The University of Melbourne
Parkville Campus
Grattan Street
Melbourne Victoria 3010
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