The MSc Advanced Dementia Studies is a three year part-time distance learning programme. By studying online you will have flexibility to fit your studies around your working life and learn from and with students from around the world.
The programme has been designed to develop you as a leader in your field of dementia care and enable you to use the best evidence available to support your work. We adopt a human rights perspective to understanding the experience of people living with dementia and encourage multidisciplinary team-working and service user engagement. Our programme is underpinned by cutting-edge research.
This programme is intended for UK and international students who are:
Health and social care professionals who want to gain a specific qualification in working with people who have dementia
Application deadline: August 3rd 2018.
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip
The MSc Advanced Dementia Studies (3 years) includes two embedded exit awards; Postgraduate Certificate Dementia Studies (One year, 60 credits); Postgraduate Diploma Advanced Dementia Studies (Two Years, 120 credits); MSc Advanced Dementia Studies (Three Years, 180 credits).
The programme offers all students the same core modules (each worth 30 credits):
Critical Perspectives on Dementia: A rights based approach (Year 1, Semester 1)
This module will provide you with a critical appreciation of a human rights perspective for understanding the experience of people with dementia. It also enables you to develop a comprehensive understanding of the factors influencing the lived experience of dementia (sociological, psychological, biological). You will develop your ability to apply principles of social inclusion and citizenship in practice, in order to promote the rights of people with dementia, including those whose voices are seldom heard.
Advanced Evidence Appraisal and Synthesis (Year 1, Semester 2)
The module is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to bring about evidence-based changes within your field of dementia care practice. It fosters your ability to critically examine literature, helping you to influence practice development based on the best available evidence. The module promotes the values of service user input, multidisciplinary working, inclusion and diversity and takes a global perspective on interpreting the value of evidence.
Advancing Practice: skills and research methods (Year 2, Semester 2)
This module provides you with the advanced critical skills to evaluate examples of dementia care practice, a critical appreciation of the role of a leader as a proponent of practice based change, the ability to independently develop and propose evidence-based solutions for practice change and a comprehensive understanding of the barriers and facilitators to practice change, acknowledging and evaluating multi-disciplinarily and its role in practice development.
Optionality within these modules enables students to focus on their own preferred area of practice.
In year 2, semester 1 there are option modules (each worth 30 credits) from which you choose one:
Post-diagnostic Support Pathways
This module helps you to gain a critical appreciation of holistic assessment of the needs of people with dementia and their families after diagnosis. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the range of post diagnostic support interventions available, including social, cognitive, psychological and technological approaches. You will develop your ability to evaluate these approaches to service provision.
Enhanced Communication Methods
You will gain enhanced insight into the complex nature of communication between people with dementia, their families and practitioners. You will be provided with tools to critically interpret communication and make recommendations to enhance communication and social inclusion for people with dementia in your own field of practice.
Arts and Activities in Dementia Care
This module is designed to enable you to develop skills and knowledge in conducting arts-based activities, psychosocial interventions, or other meaningful activities for people with dementia. It will help you to develop, implement and evaluate personally-meaningful activities for people with dementia, on a one-to-one or group basis. You will critically appraise a range of evidence to support the development of a specific arts project or activity group for one or more people with dementia and make recommendations for disseminating the outcomes in ways that challenge stigma and stereotypical views.
The final year dissertation offers students the chance to undertake either original research or an implementation and evaluation dissertation (60 credits) that facilitates the application of learning into practice.
Please note not all option modules may be available for each intake.
Each module will include a: i) formative assessment (i.e. tutor feedback on written work in progress); this work is not graded and you are able to make changes your tutor recommends before you submit your final assignments; ii) summative assessment (i.e. final); this will be by means of one or two pieces of work for each module which are graded and count towards your final mark for the award. There will be a variety of types of assessment that include case studies, written reports on practice-based work and critical reflections on evidence.
Candidates should have at least one of the following:
A first degree with 2:2 or above in a relevant subject area. However, if you have had any prior experience of successful study at undergraduate or postgraduate level you may apply, providing evidence such as certificates and transcripts. The programme team will make a decision based the overall quality of your application. If you do not have a first degree or equivalent, you may be asked to complete a portfolio of evidence to support your application for which you will need to achieve a mark of at least 60%. If this is the case please ensure you apply in a timely manner as this will need to be approved before you can start the course. Students for whom English is not a first language must either have studied previously at Bachelor's degree level or above in English, or have IELTS 6.5 with no sub-tests less than 5.5 or equivalent.
Practice entry requirements:
You must already have a work role, or voluntary placement, which regularly brings you into contact with people who have dementia. The minimum contact requirement is 2 hours a week during the academic year (September to June). This contact must be regular, direct and ongoing throughout your studies. It is not enough merely to work in an environment or service that provides dementia care; you must have regular opportunities to interact with a range of people who have dementia in the course of your day-to-day employment or voluntary role. It will be your responsibility to ensure that this contact is maintained if your employer or work role changes during the course of your studies. You must also have access to a computer with Internet connection and be prepared to spend on average 15 hours a week on your studies.
Due to the applied nature of the teaching and learning activities on the programme and its direct implications on practice, for example through seeking stakeholder involvement and opinion in projects, and appraising, planning and evaluating practice development initiatives, applicants will be required to seek approval for studying within their work or voluntary setting from a manager prior to commencing the course.