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Master's Courses in Dementia Care for Physicians 2024

Master’s Courses in Dementia Care for Physicians addresses a wide range of aspects, from the latest research, diagnosis and treatment to organisational models for dementia care. An efficient dementia care will benefit not only your patient, but also their families, your organisation and the society at large.

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

The challenge of dementia

Dementia diseases are costly and often long-term. Those diagnosed with it are in great need of medical expertise and high quality care. The Master’s Courses in Dementia Care focus on research and best practices, and prepare you as a physician 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 courses cover both individual and societal aspects. 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 and at the same time gain knowledge of how to develop their own organisation to better meet the needs of modern dementia care.

Online learning

This online training focuses on interactive, student-centred learning. Short online lectures are broadcast via our online learning platform. The lectures are supplemented with individual studies and exercises based on patient cases and practical assignments. You will also be given short reading assignments and other exercises closely related to your own clinical practice. This enables you to implement your new knowledge in your everyday work with immediate effect.


A majority of the literature and lectures will be available via a web-based learning platform.


The training starts on November 5th, 2024. 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.

Course management

"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 recognize early signs of dementia, know its progression and know how best to manage the various complications”.

Lars-Olof Wahlund, Professor and Examiner
Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society at Karolinska Institutet Division of Clinical Geriatrics.

Course content

  • The cognitive and emotional functions of the brain and how they change with age.
  • Nerve cell structure, functions and effects of aging.
  • 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.


The syllabuses for the courses:


The price for the master’s courses is 214 000 SEK (two hundred fourteen thousand SEK) excluding VAT (Value-added tax). VAT may be added to all prices, contact us for more information.

Entry requirements

In order to meet the entry requirements, you must have a medical degree from an internationally recognised university. The language of instruction is English, and applicants are therefore 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. Please visit this website for more information about application and documentation requirements.


Please note that the course is subject to the condition that we receive a sufficient number of participants.

For more information, please contact
Susanna Sjunneryd, Project Coordinator
Karolinska Institutet Executive and Professional Education
Telephone: +46 8 524 864 32

Brief information about the course

When: -
Fee: 214 000 SEK
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Credit: 60 hp