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Our Dementia Care course is a pathway of our MSc in Advanced Practice Interventions for Mental Health (APIMH) and has been designed to respond and contribute to the modernisation of mental healthcare delivery and service design. Read more

Our Dementia Care course is a pathway of our MSc in Advanced Practice Interventions for Mental Health (APIMH) and has been designed to respond and contribute to the modernisation of mental healthcare delivery and service design. It is aimed at existing health and social care professionals and others involved in dementia care.

Service development and evidence-based guidelines continuously highlight the need for multidisciplinary, multi-agency dementia care services that are accessible, flexible, inclusive and enabling, and are driven by the needs of clients and their families.

It is vital that these services are developed and delivered by staff appropriately prepared with relevant expertise, knowledge and skills.

Our part-time multidisciplinary and practice-focused course will equip you with the advanced knowledge and skills you need to provide high-quality, evidence-based interventions that promote the wellbeing, personhood and empowerment of people living with dementia and their significant others.

It will also enable you to act as an agent of change by contributing to research, service development and leadership in dementia care.

Special features

Learn from the experts

You will learn from internationally renowned experts in the field, as well as experienced dementia care practitioners, people living with dementia and former students, many of whom now operate at senior levels within dementia care services.

Flexible learning

The part-time nature of this course enables you to fit learning around your other commitments, with one day a week to be spent on campus.

Teaching and learning

You will 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.

You will undertake independent study to further develop and consolidate your learning. We aim 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 course as a whole. All assessments require you to integrate knowledge and understanding and apply this to your own area of practice as 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 you to undertake an extended written piece of work (12,000-15,000 words) that 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 course 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 courses, 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 course (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.

Facilities

You will be able to access a range of  facilities  throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service

Career opportunities

This course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to enhance your own and others' practice, as well as contribute to innovations and developments in dementia care and service delivery.



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Overview. With more than one million individuals in the UK estimated to be living with dementia by 2025, there is an urgent need for solutions that help people live well with the condition. Read more

Overview

With more than one million individuals in the UK estimated to be living with dementia by 2025, there is an urgent need for solutions that help people live well with the condition.

This course will equip students with a unique range of skills and experiences providing sought-after expertise to work flexibly and effectively with people living with dementia. You will gain specialist skills enabling you to lead in the field of dementia care. 

Why choose this course?

If you would be interested in the use of co-creation for research and development, working with artists and designers alongside scientists to help people with dementia and their carers then this course is for you. 

The Dementia Care Centre is a transdiscplinary training provider and benefits from input from a range of staff from across UWL, including psychology, nursing, hospitality, design and music. The Centre will offer expertise in transdisciplinary approaches to dementia care and opportunities to get involved in innovative projects and placements at progressive care homes. Through this course you can develop innovative solutions and design unique settings and services to help people with dementia.

On this course you will explore contemporary thinking while investigating and analysing current dementia care and services to build an evidence base for best practice. Our aim is to create ambitious, innovative and evidence-based solutions of high quality and high aesthetic value that make lives better for people with dementia. We seek to empower you to be a leader in best dementia care practice and service management.

Modules

  • Understanding Dementia
  • Dementia in Scoiety
  • Action Learning 1
  • Dementia Care and its Management
  • Creative Approaches to Dementia Care
  • Action Learning 2
  • Dissertation.

Tutor Information

This course is run by the School of Human and Social Sciences to provide you with both the high-quality teaching and the personal attention you need to make the most of your University education.

The staff team within the school are committed to providing an engaging and exciting learning experience in all areas of study, and the level of student support is outstanding.

The School of Human and Social Sciences teaching staff includes:

Victoria Tischler, who has worked in clinical, cultural, charity and academic sectors. She was Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham for 12 years where she retains an honorary position. Her research interests focus on creativity and health, specifically in the area of dementia care. She has worked as a curator and art workshop facilitator, particularly with untrained artists who have experience of mental health problems.

She is executive editor of Arts and Health. She sits on the scientific advisory board for the Boots UK archive. She is a Trustee for Paintings in Hospitals. She joined UWL as Professor in January 2017.

Career and study progression

Your postgraduate qualification can take you anywhere, but some of the most popular paths for graduates include direct management of dementia care and delivery.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course.

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.



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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 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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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.

About this degree

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 (15 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.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Dementia: Causes, Treatments and Research (Mental Health) MSc

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.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Psychiatry

83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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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 MSc in Palliative Medicine for Health Care Professionals provides high quality distance education for clinicians working with neonates, children and adults in many different settings in all parts of the world. Read more
The MSc in Palliative Medicine for Health Care Professionals provides high quality distance education for clinicians working with neonates, children and adults in many different settings in all parts of the world. At the core of its design and delivery is the desire to improve patient outcomes wherever palliative care is practiced by its students and to enhance the quality of palliative care through research and quality improvement. 

Using the palliative care approach as defined by the World Health Assembly in 2014 (WHO 2014) is an increasingly important imperative for health care professionals throughout the world in order to meet the palliative care needs of their populations. Although cancer as a burden of disease remains an issue globally, there are rising numbers of patients, including neonates and children, with palliative care needs from other conditions. These include learning disability, dementia, frailty and elderly people with multiple co-morbidities.  

The vision of the course is to improve patient care by delivering accessible education through which we aim to support health-care professionals to develop, share and extend their knowledge, understanding and application of evidence based medicine, best practice and governance frameworks in palliative care appropriate to their own professional settings.  

The taught stages (years 1 and 2) cover the core understanding, frameworks, challenges and research evidence relevant to optimising and developing the practice of palliative medicine and palliative care. The MSc (year 3) provides the opportunity for students to identify an issue of importance in their own practice and carry out an evidence based project intended to contribute to knowledge and practice in palliative medicine and palliative care. 

Distinctive features

The course covers the palliative care needs of patients regardless of diagnosis, recognising the global need for palliative care knowledge and skills.

Our online course materials include interactive quizzes, reading materials, audio podcasts and short video clips to widen access to learning and make it more engaging. The course work offers a variety of assessments enabling you to demonstrate the application of knowledge gained into your own practice and particular work setting. 

Since 1989 we have aimed to recruit and deliver education to the global palliative care community. Alumni of the course have held such positions as the National Clinical Director for End of Life Care for NHS England, the CEO of Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance and have developed and lead palliative care globally (for example, Bosnia, South Africa, India, Singapore, Hong Kong and Nepal). The international conference held in Cardiff in 2014 (‘Cardiff 25’) marked these achievements.

Structure

The MSc consists of three stages – “stage T1” (60 credits), “stage T2” (60 credits) and “stage R” (60 credit research dissertation)

The total normal duration to complete the full MSc programme is three academic years (stages T1, T2 & R), from the date of initial registration on the programme.

A Postgraduate Certificate (“PgCert”) in Palliative Medicine for Health Care Professionals exit point is available for students successfully completing a minimum of 60 credits, only where these include the award of credit for all ‘required’ core modules from stage T1 plus one optional module from stage T1.

A Postgraduate Diploma (“PgDip”) in Palliative Medicine for Health Care Professionals exit point is available for students successfully completing a minimum of 120 credits, only where these include the award of credit for all ‘required’ core modules from stages T1 and T2, plus one optional module from stage T1.

A student’s dissertation, which shall normally be of not more than 20,000 words and supported by such other material as may be considered appropriate to the subject, shall embody the results of his/her period of project work. The subject of each student’s dissertation shall be approved by the Chair of the Board of Studies concerned or his/her nominee.

Assessment

The assessments have been chosen to ensure that the learning outcomes are appropriately tested and provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate they have met them. Specific assessment methods for each module are detailed within the relevant Module Description.

Formative and summative assessment is through module assignments including methods such as: case reflections, critical appraisals, online quizzes, creating posters, opinion pieces, communication strategies or proposals. Standardised marking schemes will be used for all summative assessment and the feedback provided for each completed assignment to guide the student for future assignments.

The dissertation stage will be assessed based on the final dissertation. The dissertation will be assigned 60 credits and, in combination with the taught stage(s), shall be weighted 50% for the purpose of calculating the final mark.

Career Prospects

The course delivers Masters level education and thus enables you to demonstrate you are taking the opportunity to develop your abilities in critical analysis, problem-solving, decision-making, finding and using evidence and in dealing with complex issues in palliative care.

Whilst we do not formally assess clinical skills or competencies in a face to face context (so the course is not a substitute for a formal specialty training programme), studying at this level should help successful students demonstrate numerous academic skills that should be highly regarded in relation to their career development and progression. In particular, the course offers opportunities to demonstrate the development of knowledge and skills in relation to the application of evidence based medicine and the potential enhancement of services and governance frameworks in palliative care. As such, if should provide evidence of commitment and potential that may assist you in relation to taking on greater responsibilities or perhaps seeking management, research, scholarship or leadership roles in palliative care.

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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?

REF2014
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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The PG Diploma in Dementia Studies 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 Dementia Studies 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. 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

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 Certificate in Dementia Studies (Arts and Activities) is a one year part-time distance learning programme that will explore potential for the creative arts, participatory approaches and novel forms of self-expression to enhance well-being and social participation for people with dementia. Read more
The PG Certificate in Dementia Studies (Arts and Activities) is a one year part-time distance learning programme that will explore potential for the creative arts, participatory approaches and novel forms of self-expression to enhance well-being and social participation for people with dementia.

This programme will enable you to develop your skills in designing, delivering and evaluating activities and will enhance your opportunities for gaining employment in this field or attracting funding for your projects. This course is intended for UK and international students who are:
-Arts practitioners, activity coordinators and others with an interest in developing and delivering creative activities with people who have dementia
-Volunteers who have contact with people with dementia

Why Bradford?

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 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

Arts and activities in Dementia Care
Understanding the Experiences of People with Dementia

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 programme aims to develop nurse leaders who are recognised experts in the care of older people who have national influence and are able to drive change so that the care of older people is compassionate, safe, person centred and of the highest possible quality. Read more
The programme aims to develop nurse leaders who are recognised experts in the care of older people who have national influence and are able to drive change so that the care of older people is compassionate, safe, person centred and of the highest possible quality.

It is suitable for healthcare professionals working in the area of older person care in senior clinical roles, leadership/management roles or with aspirations to move into roles of this nature. The programme offers you the opportunity to apply knowledge to your own area of older person clinical practice.

Students undertaking the Advanced Care of the Older Person programme will develop the skills in complex reasoning, critical thinking and analysis required to undertake these roles in relation to the care of the older person. Students have the opportunity to develop skills in the critical application of research, and undertake their own research in the care of the older person.

Learning and teaching is designed to equip you with skills in using a range of information, data, tools and techniques to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes as well as demonstrate impact and value. You will also have the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of the physical and mental health needs of your client group, to gain a critical awareness of your role in the treatment and management of common physical health conditions related to the ageing process and to advance good practice in the physical and mental health care of the older person within your field of practice. There is a focus on service improvement, patient safety, risk assessment and risk management within a clinical governance context.

Those working in clinical areas in the UK can choose to develop clinical competencies in caring for the older person, working with a mentor in practice, supervised by experienced academics. Those working in non-clinical roles or those not employed in Uk healthcare will have the opportunity to reflect on the skills needed to develop their specific role in caring for an older person.

The curriculum offers the choice of optional modules. Your Personal Academic Tutor will discuss your optional module choice with you and advise regarding suitability in respect of your learning and practice in care of the older person.

Why Bradford?

The School of Nursing in the Faculty of Health Studies is a provider of high quality education and training, tailored to meet the needs of the healthcare workforce and service users. The University of Bradford ranked 6th in the country for Nursing and Midwifery in the Guardian University league tables 2016.

The Faculty of Health Studies has an exciting research profile which focuses on research themes that have a direct impact on the quality of care provision, including dementia, service improvement, inclusion and diversity, patient safety and end of life care. Our research is locally and internationally significant, undertaken in collaboration with NHS and other partners. Our REF 2014 (Research Excellence Framework) results were outstanding with 92% of our research classified as 4*(World Leading) or 3* (Internationally Excellent). 100% of our research was judged as world leading or internationally excellent.

As a student on the MSc Advanced Care of the Older Person programme you will have the opportunity to develop skills in the critical application of research and undertake your own research in the care of the older person.

Modules

Pg Certificate award
-Advanced Care of the Older Person (30 credits, Level 7)
-Quality and Service Improvement (30 credits, Level 7)

Pg Diploma award
-Choice of module from the SSPRD framework to meet professional needs (30 credits, Level 7)
-Preparing for systematic review OR Preparing for primary research or Leadership for advanced practitioners (30 credits, Level 7)

MSc award
-Pursuing a Work Based Dissertation OR Pursuing Primary Research OR Pursuing a Systematic Review (60 credits, Level 7)

Learning activities and assessment

For all students undertaking this programme the core modules provide specialist knowledge in relation to the care of older person, leadership and quality improvement.

You will enhance your knowledge and skills related to many aspects of caring for the older person including advanced communication skills, assessment skills for health and social care needs, mental health, ageing with long term conditions, medicines optimisation, end of life care and pain management.

You will also consider complex case management across health and social care to include person centred care, safe-guarding, Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and working with 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.

This is a priority area for development identified by HEYH, reflecting a growing elderly population in the UK and overseas.
It offers opportunity for practitioners to develop as leaders in the care of older people, becoming experts in the field, influencing policy and driving change.

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The programme aims to develop nurse leaders who are recognised experts in the care of older people who have national influence and are able to drive change so that the care of older people is compassionate, safe, person centred and of the highest possible quality. Read more
The programme aims to develop nurse leaders who are recognised experts in the care of older people who have national influence and are able to drive change so that the care of older people is compassionate, safe, person centred and of the highest possible quality.

It is suitable for healthcare professionals working in the area of older person care in senior clinical roles, leadership/management roles or with aspirations to move into roles of this nature. The programme offers you the opportunity to apply knowledge to your own area of older person clinical practice.

Students undertaking the Advanced Care of the Older Person programme will develop the skills in complex reasoning, critical thinking and analysis required to undertake these roles in relation to the care of the older person.

Learning and teaching is designed to equip you with skills in using a range of information, data, tools and techniques to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes as well as demonstrate impact and value. You will also have the opportunity to enhance your knowledge of the physical and mental health needs of your client group, to gain a critical awareness of your role in the treatment and management of common physical health conditions related to the ageing process and to advance good practice in the physical and mental health care of the older person within your field of practice. There is a focus on service improvement, patient safety, risk assessment and risk management within a clinical governance context.

Those working in clinical areas in the UK can choose to develop clinical competencies in caring for the older person, working with a mentor in practice, supervised by experienced academics. Those working in non- clinical roles or those not employed in Uk healthcare will have the opportunity to reflect on the skills needed to develop their specific role in caring for an older person.
The curriculum offers one optional module. Your Personal Academic Tutor will discuss your optional module choice with you and advise regarding suitability in respect of your learning and practice in care of the older person.

Why Bradford?

The School of Nursing in the Faculty of Health Studies is a provider of high quality education and training, tailored to meet the needs of the healthcare workforce and service users. The University of Bradford ranked 6th in the country for Nursing and Midwifery in the Guardian University league tables 2016.

Working alongside the School of Dementia Studies and School of Service Development and Improvement this programme draws on expertise in the fields of person centred care and leadership that are well established in the Faculty of Health Studies.

Modules

Pg Certificate award
-Advanced Care of the Older Person (30 credits, Level 7)
-Quality and Service Improvement (30 credits, Level 7)

Pg Diploma award
-Choice of module from the SSPRD framework to meet professional needs (30 credits, Level 7)
-Preparing for systematic review OR Preparing for primary research or Leadership for advanced practitioners (30 credits, Level 7)

The choice of SSPRD modules (subject to availability) includes:
-Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology in Acute and Long Term conditions
-Advanced physical assessment and clinical decision making
-Prescribing for health care professionals (subject to profession)
-Supporting those facing loss: an interdisciplinary approach
-Symptom Management in Life-Limiting Illness across lifespan
-Evidence based diabetes care
-Safeguarding people
-Advanced communication Skills
-Management of lung cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and breathlessness
-Managing self and others
-Aspects of mental health care and psychological wellbeing for health professionals
-Advances in leg ulcer management
-Addressing the mental health needs and wellbeing of older people
-Advances in limiting pressure damage
-Understanding experiences of dementia

Learning activities and assessment

For all students undertaking this programme the core modules provide specialist knowledge in relation to the care of older person, leadership and quality improvement.

You will enhance your knowledge and skills related to many aspects of caring for the older person including advanced communication skills, assessment skills for health and social care needs, mental health, ageing with long term conditions, medicines optimisation, end of life care and pain management.

You will also consider complex case management across health and social care to include person centred care, safe-guarding, Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and working with 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.

This is a priority area for development identified by HEYH, reflecting a growing elderly population in the UK and overseas.
It offers opportunity for practitioners to develop as leaders in the care of older people, becoming experts in the field, influencing policy and driving change.

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The new Dementia MSc is offered jointly by the UCL Institute of Neurology and the Division of Psychiatry and tackles one of the biggest global health problems facing society today. Read more

The new Dementia MSc is offered jointly by the UCL Institute of Neurology and the Division of Psychiatry 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 neuroscience and in mental health, are offered.

About this degree

The neuroscience pathway brings the latest bench-top research findings to the bedside, develops and integrates basic and clinical neuroscience skills, and equips students for future careers in the clinical practice or basic neuroscience of dementia. A Mental Health pathway is also available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), one or two optional modules (up to the value of 30 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Clinical Neuroscience of Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Current Research in Dementia
  • Neurobiology of Degeneration and Repair
  • Higher Functions of the Brain
  • Research Methods and Critical Appraisal
  • Practical Neuroscience of Dementia

Optional modules

Students can choose one or two of the following, up to the value of 30 credits:

  • Advanced Neuroimaging
  • Advanced Treatment and Management of Dementia
  • Statistical Methods in Mental Health
  • Introduction to Biological Research in Mental Health
  • Quality Improvement in Health Care
  • Basic Neuroscience and Investigation of Nervous System

Students can also choose one elective module from across UCL, subject to approval by the Programme Director.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which may take the form of a critical literature synthesis or collection and analysis of original data, depending on project availability and student background. The project culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000 words and a viva voce examination.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, journal clubs, workshops, masterclasses and patient-based teaching sessions supplemented by self-directed learning. Assessment is through ongoing formative assessments, for example interactive discussions and timetabled summative assessments (including short-answer and multiple-choice unseen examinations), essays, posters, oral presentations, and a research project and a final report in the format of a journal paper.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Dementia: Causes, Treatments and Research (Neuroscience) MSc

Careers

For scientists and psychologists, the programme can lead to future placements in clinically oriented research environments or clinical training. For clinicians, this is an excellent opportunity to gain a higher qualification at a world-leading centre of excellence in neurodegeneration research, which could be tailored to a variety of future roles in clinical, research and management fields. Many students will go on to pursue PhDs and research careers in the fields of dementia and neurodegeneration.

Employability

This unique programme will equip graduates with in-depth knowledge of dementia diseases and their treatments; strong, practical research skills that could facilitate doctoral or postdoctoral research in the field; and transferable scientific communication skills. Students will harness the expertise of scientists and clinicians who are currently setting the neuroscience research agenda in dementia internationally. This experience could support further doctoral studies and applications for nationally funded fellowships. For clinicians, the programme will provide research perspectives and practical skills that could inform subspecialty practice in dementia. We aim to train the next generation of neuroscientific and clinical leaders in dementia.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme is unique in linking neuroscientific foundations with specialist clinical skills and knowledge in dementia.

The programme integrates the expertise of UCL Institute of Neurology with affiliated departments at the forefront of the global mission to defeat dementia, and is taught by international leaders working closely together to link bench and bedside as part of UCL's Dementia Strategy.

The programme builds on UCL's global perspective, targeting students in developing as well as developed countries to drive future training opportunities. The programme emphasises active student participation and enquiry, develops practical skills, and offers unparalleled exposure to laboratories and patients.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute of Neurology

83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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