Program Overview

Queen Silvia and certification
After completing the courses for physicians, the physician 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 the physician to contribute to the development of effective and quality-assured dementia care.
The alternative 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.
Karolinska Institutet offers web-based Master’s Courses in Dementia Care for Physicians as well as Master’s Courses in Dementia Care for Occupational therapists and Physiotherapist. It is a 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), Silviaarbetsterapeut (Silvia Occupational therapist) or Silviafysioterapeut (Silvia Physiotherapist). The diploma as well as an official pin of completion will be presented by H. M. Queen Silvia of Sweden at a ceremony.
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.

Key Information

  • Type: Web-based Master’s Courses, 60 ECTS
  • Target group: Physicians / Occupational therapists and Physiotherapists
  • Duration: 2 year
  • Format: Part-time, online studies
  • Study period: Program for Occupational therapists and Physiotherapists starts in April 2021, and Program for Physicians starts in autumn 2020.
  • Fees: contact us

Course content for Physicians


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 – Professor Lars-Olof Wahlund.

Course content for Physiotherapists and Occupational


Master’s Courses in Dementia Care for Physiotherapists and Occupational therapists consist of 4 courses:
  • Dementia from cell to society, 15 creditsGeneral 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

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.


Ursula Sottong

Physician and Master of public health, Malteser in Germany

“The dementia field is a very specific subject within the medical area, and although I already work in this field I have gained new medical knowledge. A lot of time was spent on practical problems and specific patient cases and it is very useful to understand what theories and knowledge really means for our daily work.”

-- Read full interview with Ursula here.

Junichiro Toya

A family practitioner,Sakura-shinmachi clinic in Japan

“I learned about dementia care systematically and comprehensively in this master course. And I will now try to make an education system for dementia care for family physicians in Japan.”

-- Read full interview with Junichiro here.

Contact Us

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