Master's Courses in Dementia Care for Physicians - Overview

Karolinska Institutet, one of the world’s leading medical universities, offers the fully online Master's Courses in Dementia Care for Physicians. This is a unique education that addresses a wide range of aspects, from the latest research, diagnosis and treatment to organisational models for dementia care. The courses take place over two years as part-time studies to enable you to work at the same time.

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 the latest 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.

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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.

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Course content

The courses consist of 8 modules (60 credits), 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 can be found in the course content pages.

Starting date

The courses are conducted during four semesters: autumn 2020 until end of autumn 2022, starting on November 9, 2020. The studies are entirely online and equal to a one-year master's degree. The master’s courses take place over two years as part-time studies to enable you to work at the same time.

Course leader

"Dementia 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

Online, part-time studies

The Master's Courses in Dementia Care for Physicians are fully online and are equal to a one-year master's programme taking place over two years of part-time study. Madelene Johanzon became one of the first Silvia Doctors in 2015. In the clip below she desribes how the web format enabled her to particapte in the education.

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.


The price for the master’s courses is 207 000 SEK (two hundred seven thousand SEK) excluding VAT (Value-added tax).

Please note that Swedish participants can apply for a grant at Alzheimersfonden. Visit for more information. 


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 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: 2020-09-25.

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 Susanna Sjunneryd, 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".
  5. Send the required documents to: 

    Karolinska Institutet
    Executive and Professional Education
    Susanna Sjunneryd
    Berzelius väg 3


Please contact us for more information:

Susanna Sjunneryd

Project Coordinator