Master's Courses in Dementia Care for Physicians, 60 credits

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Karolinska Institutet offers web-based Master's Courses in Dementia Care for Physicians - unique education that addresses a wide range of aspects, from the latest research, diagnosis and treatment to organisational models for dementia care.

This unique opportunity is offered in cooperation with Stiftelsen Silviahemmet and participants who complete the course will earn the title of Silvialäkare (Silvia Doctor). The diploma as well as an official pin of completion will be presented by H. M. Queen Silvia of Sweden at a ceremony. 

Purpose and goal

Dementia diseases are costly and often long-term and those diagnosed with it are in great need of medical expertise and quality care. The Master's Courses in Dementia Care focus on research and best practices, and prepare you to interact with dementia patients in a professional manner.

After completing the courses, you will have a deeper understanding of dementia as a whole, and increased proficiency in dealing with dementia patients in all phases of the disease. The goal is to enable you to contribute to the development of effective and quality-assured dementia care in your organisation.


Target group

Physicians who want to deepen their understanding of dementia care, while at the same time receiving advice and knowledge on how to develop their own organisation to better meet the needs of modern dementia care.

Course content

The master's courses in dementia care for physicians consists of 8 modules, addressing the following areas:

  • The cognitive and emotional functions of the brain and how they change with age.
  • Nerve cell structure, functions and effects of ageing.
  • Basic knowledge of light cognitive impairment, the different types of dementia, confusion, behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.
  • Medical, social and functional investigation of suspected dementia.
  • Continuous treatment as the disease progresses.
  • Medication, rehabilitation and nursing care.
  • Severe dementia care and palliative care.
  • Care and work models.
  • Various organisational and management models for dementia care.

A more extensive presentation of the courses are presented in the course content pages

Course leader

Lars-Olof WahlundDementia diseases are examples of age-related conditions on the rise in society. These are complicated diseases, as patients often live with them for decades. The situation is further complicated by the broad range of symptoms dementia can display. It is therefore important for physicians to be able to recognise early signs of dementia, know its progression and know how best to manage the various complications."
Professor Lars-Olof Wahlund

Time and place

The courses are conducted during four semesters: autumn 2016 until autumn 2018, starting on November 11, 2016. The studies are entirely web-based and equal to a one-year master's degree. The master’s courses takes place over two years as part-time studies to enable you to work at the same time.

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Master's courses as contract education

The master's courses are offered as contract education, in accordance with the Ordinance (SFS 2002:760) on Contract Education at Universities and University Colleges, and the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education's directions for Contract Education at Universities and University Colleges (HSVFS 2003:3).

Thus, the courses can be commissioned only by a legal entity - an organisation, company or the equivalent.

If you are a physician and wish to participate in the program, first confirm that your employer will cover the cost, then contact us to apply.


In order to meet the entry requirements, applicants must have a medical degree from an internationally recognised university. The language of instruction is English, and applicants are recommended to have a good proficiency in English. The studies are entirely web-based and are equal to a one-year master's programme taking place over two years of part-time study.

The master's courses are offered as contract education and can be commissioned only by a legal entity - an organisation, company or the equivalent.

Application deadline: 2016-09-19

Application process

To register for the Master's Courses in Dementia Care for Physicians (60 credits), please:

  1. Click to fill in the electronic application.
  2. Print a copy of the application confirmation and get your employer to sign it.
  3. Send a scanned copy of the signed (employer's signature) application confirmation by fax, post or email to Kristoffer Mörtsjö, see address below.
  4. After submitting your electronic application, you must complete your application with documentation of your previous studies. Please read and follow the instructions in the document "Application process", see below.
  5. Send the required documents to: 
    Karolinska Institutet
    Executive and Professional Education
    Kristoffer Mörtsjö
    Berzelius väg 3


An overview of the master's courses in dementia care for physicians is available in the course information leaflet, see list of documents below.

For more information, please contact:

Junior Project Manager

Kristoffer Mörtsjö

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 860 32