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You can help lead the future of dementia care through gaining an understanding of how people, not patients; good dementia services and practice, not clinical skills are critical in the empathetic management of particular symptoms associated with the syndrome. Read more
You can help lead the future of dementia care through gaining an understanding of how people, not patients; good dementia services and practice, not clinical skills are critical in the empathetic management of particular symptoms associated with the syndrome.

This course is unique in that although it focuses on dementia care, it does not approach the understanding of care from a clinical perspective. You will explore contemporary thinking whilst investigating and analysing current dementia care and services to build an evidence base for best practice. Critically we seek to empower you to be a leader in best dementia care practice and service management.

Course detail

You will use an action learning approach to apply knowledge learned to your individual experiences and occupations. You will study a diverse range of modules from understanding dementia, through dementia in society to holistic and therapeutic approaches to dementia care. Uniquely the course will connect with residents and staff of two care homes with some learning and teaching delivered on-location at these care homes.

The course design and assessments will support you to be critically reflective ensuring you can apply knowledge and experience to effecting change in practice and the wider world in creative ways. You will be able to place your understanding within a global context.

Level 7 Modules

• Understanding Dementia Care
• Dementia in Society
• Action Learning 1*
• Dementia Care and its Management
• Holistic and Therapeutic Approaches to Dementia Care Action Learning 2*
• Dissertation

*The modules may be amended.

Career and study progression

On successful completion of this course you can seek employment in the following areas:
• direct management of dementia care delivery
• service commissioning
• voluntary organisations
• charity sector

The course may also provide a platform for people wishing to work within other services which are not dementia-specific but link closely to people living with dementia and their carers.

Whilst studying, you may have discovered an area you want to learn more about. Doctorate study enables you to develop research and generic skills to equip you to operate successfully as a professional researcher.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/how-apply

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/scholarships-and-bursaries

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This course is a pathway within the MSc 'Advanced Practice Interventions for Mental Health' (APIMH). The information here relates to the Dementia Care pathway within the MSc APIMH, but is listed under the pathway specific title. Read more
This course is a pathway within the MSc 'Advanced Practice Interventions for Mental Health' (APIMH). The information here relates to the Dementia Care pathway within the MSc APIMH, but is listed under the pathway specific title. Other pathways are available in PSI for Psychosis (PSiP) and Primary Mental Health Care.

The programme and pathways have been designed to respond and contribute to the modernisation of mental health care delivery and service design.

Service development and evidence-based guidelines continuously highlight the need for multidisciplinary, multi-agency dementia care services that are accessible, flexible, inclusive and enabling. Importantly, such services and care must be driven by the needs of clients and their carers. It is vital, therefore, that such services are developed and delivered by staff appropriately prepared with relevant expertise, knowledge and skills.

This part-time, multi-disciplinary, practice-focused educational programme aims to equip students with the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to offer high standard, evidence-based interventions that promote the well-being, personhood and empowerment of people living with dementia and their significant others and to act as agents of change contributing to research, service development and leadership in this area of practice.

The programme is delivered by internationally and nationally renowned, published experts in the field, experienced dementia care practitioners, people who are living with dementia and former students, many of whom now operate at senior levels within dementia care services.

The programme involves attendance at the University for one day per week during term-time. Students are required to identify a suitable practice supervisor/mentor to oversee any clinical and/or practice work required for the programme and pathway.

Aims

This programme aims to equip students with the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to offer high standard, evidence-based interventions that promote the well-being empowerment and personhood of people living with dementia and their families/important others and to act as agents of change, contributing to service development, innovation and leadership in this area of practice.

Teaching and learning

Students participate in a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, small-group work, student-led seminars, group-work, problem-based learning scenarios and online learning.

Students will undertake independent study in order to further develop and consolidate their learning. The dementia pathway aims to involve people with dementia and their families in the delivery of sessions where possible.

Coursework and assessment

A variety of assessments are used within each course unit and across the programme as a whole. All assessments require students to integrate knowledge and understanding and make application to their own area of practice relevant to the outcomes of each unit and the focus of each pathway.

Assessment methods may include essays, case studies, assessed seminar presentations and literature reviews.

The dissertation for the MSc requires students to undertake an extended written piece of work (12,000 - 15,000 words) which focuses on a specific aspect of Mental Health Practice in the form of an extended Literature Based Review/proposal for practice development.

Course unit details

The programme consists of pathway-specific and core/compulsory course units. Pathway-specific units focus on the following themes:

Year 1
-Perspectives on Dementia
-Communication Through Person Centred Practice
-Dementia & Social Inclusion
-Critical Appraisal & Evidence Synthesis

Year 2
Core course units are shared with students studying other pathways and programmes, but retain a pathway-specific focus through group work and assessments. Core course units focus on the following themes:
-Research Design (15 credits)
-Evidence Based Practice in Dementia Care
-Working effectively with crisis and complexity in dementia care
-Developing practice, managing change

On completion of the taught units of the programme (PGDip), successful students who meet progression requirements are able to continue onto their research dissertation for the MSc. The dissertation enables students, with the support of an individual supervisor, to undertake an extended written piece of work which focuses on a specific aspect of Mental Health Practice in the form of an extended literature based review/proposal for practice development.

Career opportunities

The course is for existing health and social care professionals and others involved in the care and support of people living with dementia and their significant others. It aims to equip students with advanced knowledge and skills to enhance their own practice, the practice of others and contribute to innovations and developments in dementia care and service delivery.

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The MSc Training in Dementia Care is a three year part-time distance learning programme designed to further enhance your understanding and application of evidence guiding care for people with dementia and their families. Read more
The MSc Training in Dementia Care is a three year part-time distance learning programme designed to further enhance your understanding and application of evidence guiding care for people with dementia and their families.

The programme will equip students with knowledge and understanding related to the provision of evidence based dementia care training.

Students will obtain knowledge and skills related to the provision of training and will understand the barriers and obstacles to change as well as strategies and skills for implementing change initiatives.

Why Bradford?

Our distance-learning educational courses in Dementia are designed to be directly applicable to the workplace and to equip students with the skills to implement service delivery improvements.

Our focus is on developing person-centred dementia care in practice, to drive real world change. The programmes are designed for practitioners working in all areas and roles within health and social care, through offering choice in assignment topics meaning work can be tailored to each student's individual interests and role.

As our courses use distance and online learning methods, we enable practitioners and professionals to develop their knowledge in a flexible manner which supports study alongside work and family commitments.

We use the latest in e-learning technology to support students to be in regular contact with tutors and peers to facilitate communities of learning.

The University of Bradford has been providing accredited programmes in Dementia Studies since 2002, and has a long history of cutting-edge research related to person-centred dementia care and innovative methodologies for researching and developing practice in health and social care for people with dementia.

All teaching on the programme is research-informed and delivered by an academic team who are actively involved in relevant fields of dementia research. Members of the course team have completed research projects and studies using film, music, photography, narrative, conversation analysis and other participatory methods to enhance understanding of the experience of dementia.

For each module you are provided with a module study guide produced by the course team. It contains exercises, activities and links to audio and visual materials. To enhance the learning experience you are asked to contribute to on-line discussion groups and take part in real time tutorials.

Rankings

Ranked 6th in the UK for Nursing and Midwifery in the Guardian University League Tables 2017.

Modules

Year 1
-Dementia Training Skills and Approaches
-Understanding the Experiences of People with Dementia

Year 2
-Evidence Based Dementia Training
-Practice Development and Organisational Change

Year 3
Service Evaluation in Dementia Care

Career support and prospects

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

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The PG Diploma in Training in Dementia Care is a two year part-time distance learning programme designed to further enhance your understanding and application of evidence guiding care for people with dementia and their families. Read more
The PG Diploma in Training in Dementia Care is a two year part-time distance learning programme designed to further enhance your understanding and application of evidence guiding care for people with dementia and their families.

The programme will equip students with knowledge and understanding related to the provision of evidence based dementia care training.

Students will obtain knowledge and skills related to the provision of training and will understand the barriers and obstacles to change as well as strategies and skills for implementing change initiatives.

Why Bradford?

Our distance-learning educational courses in Dementia are designed to be directly applicable to the workplace and to equip students with the skills to implement service delivery improvements.

Our focus is on developing person-centred dementia care in practice, to drive real world change. The programmes are designed for practitioners working in all areas and roles within health and social care, through offering choice in assignment topics meaning work can be tailored to each student's individual interests and role.

As our courses use distance and online learning methods, we enable practitioners and professionals to develop their knowledge in a flexible manner which supports study alongside work and family commitments.

We use the latest in e-learning technology to support students to be in regular contact with tutors and peers to facilitate communities of learning.

The University of Bradford has been providing accredited programmes in Dementia Studies since 2002, and has a long history of cutting-edge research related to person-centred dementia care and innovative methodologies for researching and developing practice in health and social care for people with dementia.

All teaching on the programme is research-informed and delivered by an academic team who are actively involved in relevant fields of dementia research. Members of the course team have completed research projects and studies using film, music, photography, narrative, conversation analysis and other participatory methods to enhance understanding of the experience of dementia.

For each module you are provided with a module study guide produced by the course team. It contains exercises, activities and links to audio and visual materials. To enhance the learning experience you are asked to contribute to on-line discussion groups and take part in real time tutorials.

Rankings

Ranked 6th in the UK for Nursing and Midwifery in the Guardian University League Tables 2017.

Modules

Year 1
-Dementia Training: Skills and Approaches
-Understanding Experiences of People with Dementia

Year 2
-Evidence Based Dementia Training
-Practice Development and Organisational Change

Career support and prospects

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

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- The structure of the programme is designed for maximum flexibility, allowing students to take one, two or all three of the modules, which you may pay for one at a time. Read more

Course information

Course highlights

- The structure of the programme is designed for maximum flexibility, allowing students to take one, two or all three of the modules, which you may pay for one at a time. (The Postgraduate Certificate requires the completion of all three.)

- Students are encouraged to question current practice and to apply psychological theory to their own working situation.

- The distance learning format allows students to attain the Postgraduate Certificate remotely and at their own pace.

Teaching format

The PG Cert in The Psychology of Dementia Care is a part-time distance learning course run by the School of Psychology and Neuroscience with start dates in January and September. The programme will provide students with the theoretical background to the psychology of dementia care.

The course is delivered online via Moodle, the University's online teaching and learning system. Students will engage with independent study in a supportive online framework and have access to lecture slides, case studies, journal articles, videos and a student forum to facilitate your studies. The programme coordinator will be available for contact throughout the course.

The programme comprises three modules; students may take these modules individually but must complete all three to achieve the Certification. The modules are assessed through coursework submitted online; there is no final exam for the course.

University tutors are available for support via email and telephone.

Modules

Each module typically comprises:

- 200 notional hours of learning time delivered by distance learning
- 100% coursework assessment.

Compulsory Modules

- The Psychosocial Impact of Dementia: an introduction to the psychosocial impact of dementia on individuals with a diagnosis and those who care for them.
- The Care of Individuals with Dementia: introduces several psychological models of dementia care and explores the psychological needs of individuals with dementia and their caregivers.
- Implementing Effective Care: provides a theoretical and evidence-based background to equip students with strategies that will allow them to plan, change, measure and maintain effective practice in their workplaces.

The modules listed ran in the academic year 2015-2016 and are indicative of this course. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2016 entry.

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This unique part-time programme aims to transform the care experience and quality of life of people with dementia. The goal is to achieve better awareness, early diagnosis and high quality treatment at every stage and in every setting within dementia services. Read more
This unique part-time programme aims to transform the care experience and quality of life of people with dementia. The goal is to achieve better awareness, early diagnosis and high quality treatment at every stage and in every setting within dementia services.

You will experience the highest standard of academic and clinical education from passionate, dedicated staffœ. Teaching is research-led, so you will discover the very latest practices and techniques. You will also benefit from small teaching groups, a close-knit and supportive learning culture.

This programme will enable you to develop your clinical skills and expertise in dementia, helping to improve the quality of life for your patients and changing the way dementia services are provided. Dementia is one of the biggest health challenges we face today. Your studies will help you become a specialist practitioner, a leader or a key influencer in this area.

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This unique part-time programme aims to transform the care experience and quality of life of people with dementia. The goal is to achieve better awareness, early diagnosis and high quality treatment at every stage and in every setting within dementia services so we welcome a range of health and care professionals. Read more
This unique part-time programme aims to transform the care experience and quality of life of people with dementia. The goal is to achieve better awareness, early diagnosis and high quality treatment at every stage and in every setting within dementia services so we welcome a range of health and care professionals.

You will experience the highest standard of academic and clinical education from passionate, dedicated staff. Teaching is research-led, so you will discover the very latest practices and techniques. You will also benefit from small teaching groups, a close-knit and supportive learning culture.

This programme is part of a range of courses which will enable you to develop your clinical skills and expertise in dementia, helping to improve the quality of life for your patients and changing the way dementia services are provided.

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This unique part-time programme aims to transform the care experience and quality of life of people with dementia. The goal is to achieve better awareness, early diagnosis and high quality treatment at every stage and in every setting within dementia services so we welcome a range of health and care professionals. Read more
This unique part-time programme aims to transform the care experience and quality of life of people with dementia. The goal is to achieve better awareness, early diagnosis and high quality treatment at every stage and in every setting within dementia services so we welcome a range of health and care professionals.

You will experience the highest standard of academic and clinical education from passionate, dedicated staff. Teaching is research-led, so you will discover the very latest practices and techniques. You will also benefit from small teaching groups, a close-knit and supportive learning culture.

This programme is part of a range of courses which will enable you to develop your clinical skills and expertise in dementia, helping to improve the quality of life for your patients and changing the way dementia services are provided.

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This programme, the first PgDip/MSc in dementia studies developed in Ireland, will be of interest to all professionals working in the area of dementia care. Read more
This programme, the first PgDip/MSc in dementia studies developed in Ireland, will be of interest to all professionals working in the area of dementia care. It aims to enhance the quality of care of clients and families. The programme offers the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of policy, practice and research in dementia and, in doing so, gain a recognised and valuable qualification without the need to attend university.

You will be taught by a teaching team with a vast range of expertise in all aspects of dementia care. As it is an interdisciplinary programme, you will benefit from being able to collaborate and share insights with professionals working in other branches of health and social care.


Module Listing
• Advanced research methods
• Approaches to dementia care
• Knowledge and decision-making
• Strategic issues in dementia care
• Understandings of dementia

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The MSc Dementia Studies is a three year part-time distance learning programme designed to further enhance your understanding and application of evidence guiding care for people with dementia and their families. Read more
The MSc Dementia Studies is a three year part-time distance learning programme designed to further enhance your understanding and application of evidence guiding care for people with dementia and their families. You will learn how to apply the principles of person-centred dementia care in practice.

This course is intended for UK and international students who are:
-Health and social care professionals who want to gain a specific qualification in dementia
-Volunteers who have contact with people with dementia

Why Bradford?

The University of Bradford has been providing accredited programmes in Dementia Studies since 2001, and has a long history of cutting-edge research related to person-centred dementia care and innovative methodologies for researching and developing practice in health and social care for people with dementia.

All teaching on the programme is research-informed and delivered by an academic team who are actively involved in relevant fields of dementia research. Members of the course team have completed research projects and studies using film, music, photography, narrative, conversation analysis and other participatory methods to enhance understanding of the experience of dementia.

Our flexible approach allows you to combine study with work and home life. Our online courses are designed to be directly applicable to the workplace and to help you develop your own and your colleagues' practice.

We use a variety of virtual learning environments so that students can interact with the course tutors and fellow students. For each module you are provided with a module study guide produced by the course team. It contains exercises, activities and links to audio and visual materials. To enhance the learning experience you are asked to contribute to on-line discussion groups and take part in real time tutorials.

Rankings

Ranked 6th in the UK for Nursing and Midwifery in the Guardian University League Tables 2017.

Modules

Year 1
-Understanding the Experiences of People with Dementia
-Arts and activities in Dementia Care
-People with Dementia and their Families

Year 2
-Practice Development and Organisational Change
-Evidence Based Dementia Practice
-Psychosocial and Pharmaceutical Support for People with Dementia

Year 3
-Service Evaluation in Dementia Care

Career support and prospects

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

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In 2010, an estimated 524 million people were aged 65 or older—8 percent of the world’s population. By 2050, this number is expected to nearly triple to about 1.5 billion, representing 16 percent of the world’s population. Read more

Introduction

In 2010, an estimated 524 million people were aged 65 or older—8 percent of the world’s population. By 2050, this number is expected to nearly triple to about 1.5 billion, representing 16 percent of the world’s population. Provision of effective health and social care systems and associated professionals are key to supporting the increased and evolving requirements to support older people within society. Critical evidence has been amassed which shows that current standards of care often fail to deliver good quality care for the older person, therefore the need to improve the care and experience of the older person in health and social care have become significant policy drivers both in the UK and globally. Health and social care professionals are at the forefront of care delivery and are best placed to initiate and to drive forward innovations in care delivery. This programme provides professionals with the knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver informed standards of care, to act as change agents and develop leadership capacity in the care of older people.
The important values that inform this programme reflect the growing priorities that have been identified which support the need to provide an improved and more responsive level of care for older people. Furthermore, expertise around the care of the older person will inform new roles within health and social care, support career pathways and strengthen leadership in this growing area of care.
This programme provides students with the advanced knowledge and skills to support their personal and professional development in this dynamic area of practice. Specialist modules ensure students gain insight into the complexities of caring for older people enabling them to act as change agents, facilitating improvements in care. Optional modules provide students with a platform to progress their practice and academic knowledge and skills. Knowledge and skill development will be achieved through critical engagement with both the academic content and practice experience that directly relates to the care of the older person.

Key information

- Degree type: MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma
- Study methods: Part-time, Distance learning, Online, Stand-alone modules
- Start date: September and January
- Course Director: Dr Annetta Smith

Course objectives

The student will be able to
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal theories, concepts, policies and practices that influence delivery of health and social care for the older person.
- Gain knowledge and expertise around specialist areas of care that is inclusive of Multimorbidity, Dementia and Pain in Older Adults.
- Critically apply new knowledge and skills to support collaborative working with other professionals that enables practice improvement in the care of older people.
- Evaluate models of practice development and service delivery in hospital, community or residential care settings.
- Develop original and creative solutions to problems and issues that arise in practice.
- Plan and execute a significant practice project which focuses on improvement of care for the older person.
- Demonstrate attributes of personal organisation, planning and evaluation skills that support effective academic and clinical work.
- Demonstrate development of attributes and skills commensurate with practice leadership that will contribute to the delivery of high quality care for older people.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

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In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Career opportunities

This programme facilitates the development of expert knowledge in care of the older person and helps prepare health and social care professionals to deliver the specialist knowledge and skills required to support their practice.
All modules are related to NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF).

Employability

This programme equips students with the knowledge and skills that they can utilise within their professional practice and workplace, including health, social care and voluntary sectors. Students will have an in-depth knowledge of health and social care needs of older people and solutions to enhance that care. They will also have the opportunity to gain a range of transferable skills relevant to their professional careers. Importantly, students will be able to act as change agents by:
- Applying skills of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to issues which are at the forefront of developments in the care of the older person and their care delivery.
- Developing an in-depth understanding of policy development and implementation within the student's location of practice.
- Developing original and creative responses to challenging/complex situations and make informed decisions/judgements.
- Constructing, implementing and appraising a research project and engaging in a systematic appraisal of project methods and its findings.
- Undertaking a quality improvement initiative in practice and possessing an in-depth appreciation of quality improvement processes.
- Disseminating information through a variety of media.

Industry connections

The programme provides opportunities for students to fully appreciate the collaborative and interdisciplinary dimensions and skills essential to work within the health, social care and voluntary sectors and to utilise their knowledge to progress the care of the older person. The programme is strengthened by a multi-disciplinary collaboration with clinical colleagues across National Health Service Regional Boards, Social care agencies and the voluntary sector, for example Alzheimer Scotland.

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The new Dementia MSc is offered jointly by the UCL Division of Psychiatry and Institute of Neurology and tackles one of the biggest global health problems facing society today. Read more
The new Dementia MSc is offered jointly by the UCL Division of Psychiatry and Institute of Neurology and tackles one of the biggest global health problems facing society today. It provides research-oriented and cutting-edge training in the study of dementia and its scientific basis, led by international leaders in the science and practice of dementia. Two specialised pathways, in mental health and in neuroscience, are offered.

Degree information

The mental health pathway focuses on equipping students with advanced knowledge of the prevention, detection and management of the dementias using epidemiological, psychosocial and clinical trial approaches, and is aimed at graduates wishing to explore or begin a research career in dementia. More information about the neuroscience pathway is also available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists five or six core modules (90 or 120 credits), one or two optional modules (if only five core modules are taken) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

Core modules
-Current Research in Dementia (15 credits)
-Advanced Treatment and Management of Dementia (15 credits)
-Core Principles of Mental Health Research (30 credits)
-Statistical Methods in Mental Health (15 credits)
-Clinical Neuroscience of Neurodegenerative Diseases (15 credits)
-Clinical Mental Health (30 credits - core for students who do not have either research or clinical experience in the field of dementia)

Optional modules - students who take five core modules will select 30 further credits of optional modules. Students who take six core modules will select 15 further credits of an optional module. Optional modules have either a neuroscience, research methods, or quality improvement in health care component and are the following:
-Practical Neuroscience of Dementia (15 credits, Institute of Neurology)
-Higher Functions of the Brain (15 credits, Institute of Neurology)
-Epidemiological and Social Methods in Mental Health (30 credits)
-Introduction to Biological Research in Mental Health (15 credits)
-Quality Improvement in Health Care (15 credits, UCL Medical School)
-Other optional modules may be selected from any available in the UCL Division of Psychiatry or elsewhere at UCL, with permission from the Programme Director

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a report of up to 8,000 words, presented as a paper ready to submit to a medical, psychiatric or dementia-specialist journal.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered though a combination of lecture/seminar series and practical interactive workshops, with supportive online learning material. Assessment methods include two unseen examinations, coursework including designing questionnaires and protocols and analysing data in dementia research, writing a critical literature review, giving talks and presentations, and a final report in the format of a journal paper.

Careers

This is a new programme and no information on graduate destinations is therefore available. Previous MSc-level graduates of the Division have had a strong track record of publishing papers based on their dementia research projects in peer reviewed journals, and have moved on to academic posts and PhD studies. For clinicians, the course will allow them to participate fully in collaborative studies and begin their research career as independent investigators in dementia research.

Employability
This unique and exciting programme will equip graduates with advanced knowledge of the prevention and treatment of dementia, and strong practical research skills in order to undertake doctoral research in the field. They will acquire in-depth understanding of the current status and direction of research for the treatment and care of people with dementia and their families, providing them with a strong foundation for doctoral studies, and applications for nationally funded fellowships. They will complete original research in their specific field of interest, learning about dementia research directly from experts working in clinical and research areas in dementia.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL has exceptional research strength in dementia, from laboratory to the community, including genetics, neuroscience of neurodegeneration, prevention and treatment. Students will be taught by leading international dementia researchers at the cutting-edge of their fields; more details are available at UCL Dementia Strategy. Optional modules give students access to other renowned departments at UCL e.g. the UCL Institute of Neurology, and the UCL Medical School.

The programme is strongly focused on active student participation, encouraging learning through participating in research and enquiry and developing the practical skills needed to embark on a research career in dementia. The wide range of research interests within our division and the UCL Institute of Neurology allows us to offer a programme that integrates biological and psychological approaches of dementia.

Students will be offered opportunities to get involved in the work of internationally significant research groups in dementia in a stimulating, friendly and supportive environment.

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The new Dementia MSc is offered jointly by the UCL Division of Psychiatry and Institute of Neurology and tackles one of the biggest global health problems facing society today. Read more
The new Dementia MSc is offered jointly by the UCL Division of Psychiatry and Institute of Neurology and tackles one of the biggest global health problems facing society today. It provides research-oriented and cutting-edge training in the study of dementia and its scientific basis, led by international leaders in the science and practice of dementia. Two specialised pathways, in mental health and in neuroscience, are offered.

Degree information

The mental health pathway focuses on equipping students with advanced knowledge of the prevention, detection and management of the dementias using epidemiological, psychosocial and clinical trial approaches, and is aimed at graduates wishing to explore or begin a research career in dementia. More information about the neuroscience pathway is also available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists five or six core modules (90 or 120 credits), one or two optional modules (if only five core modules are taken) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

Core modules
-Current Research in Dementia (15 credits)
-Advanced Treatment and Management of Dementia (15 credits)
-Core Principles of Mental Health Research (30 credits)
-Statistical Methods in Mental Health (15 credits)
-Clinical Neuroscience of Neurodegenerative Diseases (15 credits)
-Clinical Mental Health (30 credits - core for students who do not have either research or clinical experience in the field of dementia)

Optional modules - students who take five core modules will select 30 further credits of optional modules. Students who take six core modules will select 15 further credits of an optional module. Optional modules have either a neuroscience, research methods, or quality improvement in health care component and are the following:
-Practical Neuroscience of Dementia (15 credits, Institute of Neurology)
-Higher Functions of the Brain (15 credits, Institute of Neurology)
-Epidemiological and Social Methods in Mental Health (30 credits)
-Introduction to Biological Research in Mental Health (15 credits)
-Quality Improvement in Health Care (15 credits, UCL Medical School)
-Other optional modules may be selected from any available in the UCL Division of Psychiatry or elsewhere at UCL, with permission from the Programme Director

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a report of up to 8,000 words, presented as a paper ready to submit to a medical, psychiatric or dementia-specialist journal.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered though a combination of lecture/seminar series and practical interactive workshops, with supportive online learning material. Assessment methods include two unseen examinations, coursework including designing questionnaires and protocols and analysing data in dementia research, writing a critical literature review, giving talks and presentations, and a final report in the format of a journal paper.

Careers

This is a new programme and no information on graduate destinations is therefore available. Previous MSc-level graduates of the Division have had a strong track record of publishing papers based on their dementia research projects in peer reviewed journals, and have moved on to academic posts and PhD studies. For clinicians, the course will allow them to participate fully in collaborative studies and begin their research career as independent investigators in dementia research.

Employability
This unique and exciting programme will equip graduates with advanced knowledge of the prevention and treatment of dementia, and strong practical research skills in order to undertake doctoral research in the field. They will acquire in-depth understanding of the current status and direction of research for the treatment and care of people with dementia and their families, providing them with a strong foundation for doctoral studies, and applications for nationally funded fellowships. They will complete original research in their specific field of interest, learning about dementia research directly from experts working in clinical and research areas in dementia.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL has exceptional research strength in dementia, from laboratory to the community, including genetics, neuroscience of neurodegeneration, prevention and treatment. Students will be taught by leading international dementia researchers at the cutting-edge of their fields; more details are available at UCL Dementia Strategy. Optional modules give students access to other renowned departments at UCL e.g. the UCL Institute of Neurology, and the UCL Medical School.

The programme is strongly focused on active student participation, encouraging learning through participating in research and enquiry and developing the practical skills needed to embark on a research career in dementia. The wide range of research interests within our division and the UCL Institute of Neurology allows us to offer a programme that integrates biological and psychological approaches of dementia.

Students will be offered opportunities to get involved in the work of internationally significant research groups in dementia in a stimulating, friendly and supportive environment.

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The University of Stirling is committed to world class education and research, with a pioneering spirit and a passion for innovation and excellence. Read more

Introduction

The University of Stirling is committed to world class education and research, with a pioneering spirit and a passion for innovation and excellence.
Applied Social Science is at the forefront of developing new e-learning opportunities. In 2003, we offered the first online MSc in Dementia Studies in the UK. In following person-centred care principles, this course places the person with dementia at the very centre of our understanding.
In joining our distance learning postgraduate course in Dementia Studies, you will become part of an international, multi-disciplinary community of students and academics, committed to creating change and improving dementia practice and the experiences of living with dementia.
Our course takes a theory-based and practice-oriented approach to consider the diversity of living and dying with dementia. It encourages collaborative, inter-disciplinary, critical and reflexive learning and it seeks to produce leaders of change in the dementia field.

Key information

- Degree type: Postgraduate Diploma, MSc, Postgraduate Certificate
- Study methods: Online, Part-time
- Duration: MSc - 3 years (36 months) Diploma - 2 years (24 months) Certificate - 1 year (12 months)
- Start date: September and January
- Course Director: Dr Louise McCabe

Course objectives

The objectives of the MSc are to:
- develop an advanced understanding of multidisciplinary perspectives about dementia and approaches to dementia care
- address critical issues in dementia care and service delivery
- foster improved multidisciplinary and collaborative practice
- compare and contrast national and international research
- identify and debate current practice developments
- develop critical thinking to promote reflective practice
- develop knowledge and skills of social research processes

The course has been developed to provide students with an in-depth, research-based knowledge of dementia, including theory, innovative and best practice, policy drivers and initiatives studies and a grounding in academic and research skills.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Delivery and assessment

Each module commences with a one day introductory session at the University. For international students, or those unable to attend the introductory session in person, there is the option to join in virtually, and we can set you up with our online system called Collaborate so you can take part in the session remotely. Learning then consists of 300 hours study over a 14-week period.
Apart from an introductory session, all teaching uses text and web-based distance-learning materials. The specially designed interactive website enables student interaction and tutorial support as well as providing online access to the course materials and much of the reading material required. Special emphasis is placed on a collaborative and problem-solving approach to learning and on encouraging reflective practice.
All modules are assessed through coursework and you experience a range of assessment including essays, evaluation reports, research proposals and literature reviews.
Students will require access to a computer with an internet connection; broadband or a link to a powerful LAN (such as in a college or University) is the preferred option, although dial-up with a minimum of a 56K modem will also work.

Why Stirling?

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In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Study abroad opportunities

The course is international and online. You can complete international study from the comfort of your own home and interact with students from all over the world.

Careers and employability

- Career opportunities
This course has enabled students to develop practice within their existing posts, while some previous students have moved to more specialised or promoted posts. It has also encouraged some students to continue with research on completion of their studies. Other students have become involved in training initiatives.

- Employability
The Postgraduate Dementia Studies course is intended for experienced professionals from all relevant disciplines. Our students learn great transferable skills that enable them to impart knowledge to colleagues and other students, transfer awareness and implement action in the community, and provide training to family members and carers. The course also enhances employability within the broad field of dementia care enabling students to move to more specialised and promoted posts within health and social care settings.

- Industry connections
All of the students on the course are working within the dementia field and, as such, the course engages with a wide range of organisations across statutory, private and not-for-profit sectors in different countries within the UK, Europe and worldwide.

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The PG Certificate in Dementia Studies is a one year part-time distance learning programme designed to further enhance your understanding and application of evidence guiding care for people with dementia and their families. Read more
The PG Certificate in Dementia Studies is a one year part-time distance learning programme designed to further enhance your understanding and application of evidence guiding care for people with dementia and their families. You will learn how to apply the principles of person-centred dementia care in practice. This course is intended for UK and international students who are:
-Health and social care professionals who want to gain a specific qualification in dementia
-Volunteers who have contact with people with dementia

Why Bradford?

The University of Bradford has been providing accredited programmes in Dementia Studies since 2001, and has a long history of cutting-edge research related to person-centred dementia care and innovative methodologies for researching and developing practice in health and social care for people with dementia.

All teaching on the programme is research-informed and delivered by an academic team who are actively involved in relevant fields of dementia research. Members of the course team have completed research projects and studies using film, music, photography, narrative, conversation analysis and other participatory methods to enhance understanding of the experience of dementia.

Our flexible approach allows you to combine study with work and home life. Our online courses are designed to be directly applicable to the workplace and to help you develop your own and your colleagues' practice.

We use a variety of virtual learning environments so that students can interact with the course tutors and fellow students. For each module you are provided with a module study guide produced by the course team. It contains exercises, activities and links to audio and visual materials. To enhance the learning experience you are asked to contribute to on-line discussion groups and take part in real time tutorials.

Rankings

Ranked 6th in the UK for Nursing and Midwifery in the Guardian University League Tables 2017.

Modules

-Understanding Experiences of People with Dementia
-Arts and activities in dementia care
-People with Dementia and their Families

Career support and prospects

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

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