Master’s Courses in Dementia Care for Occupational therapists and Physiotherapists (60 credits)

Karolinska Institutet offers web-based Master’s Courses in Dementia Care for Occupational therapists and Physiotherapists.

This unique education is offered in cooperation with Stiftelsen Silviahemmet, and participants who complete the courses will earn the title of Silviaarbetsterapeut (Silvia Occupational therapist) or Silviafysioterapeut (Silvia Physiotherapist). The diploma and an official pin of completion will be presented by H. M. Queen Silvia of Sweden at a ceremony.

Purpose and goal

Dementia disease is a major cause of disability and dependency and has physical, psychological, social as well as economic impact on patient, care givers, families and society. Participants will develop competencies to meet the needs of modern dementia care strategies to develop effective and evidence-based care.

The course package is tailored to suit both occupational therapists and physiotherapists. Some of the offered courses are more specific and may be part of a specialist track, while other courses are more generic. The education will lead to a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy, with specialisation in dementia.



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Target group

Occupational therapists and Physiotherapists who want to develop their knowledge and skills in the field of dementia.

Course content

Master’s Courses in Dementia Care for Physiotherapists and Occupational therapists consist of 4 courses:

  • Dementia from cell to society, 15 credits
  • General principles for scientific work, 15 credits
  • Implementation of evidence-based physiotherapy/ occupational therapy for people with dementia, 15 credits
  • Degree Project for Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy, with specialisation in dementia, 15 credits

Time and place

The training is scheduled to start in April 2021.

The studies are entirely web-based 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.

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 wish to participate in the courses, first confirm that your employer will cover the cost, then contact us to apply.

Entry requirements

In order to meet the entry requirements, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or a professional degree equivalent to a Swedish bachelor’s degree of at least 180 credits in occupational therapy or physiotherapy. The degree must come from an internationally recognised university. The language of instruction is English, and applicants are therefore required to have a good proficiency in English.


You will need to register to the Master’s Courses in Dementia Care for Physiotherapists and Occupational therapists by using the online registration form.

Electronic application page

To complete your registration you will need to send in by mail to Karolinska Institutet an application. For more information about the application process, please download PDF document Application Processes.

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