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Dementia is a growing problem globally. There are over 800,000 sufferers in the UK and 44 million world-wide, posing a major challenge for treatment and care.

The Dementia Studies course is aimed at all those involved in the health and care of people with dementia.

The course comprises a new and unique set of educational initiatives designed to enable healthcare professionals to improve the quality of life of dementia sufferers by building expertise in generating and delivering better care. It provides a comprehensive and holistic theoretical and practical framework for understanding dementia and enables a broad understanding of the impact of dementia on the individual and society. Clinical knowledge is blended with developing skills in communication for health and social care, research and leadership learning.

KEY AREAS OF STUDY

• Understanding dementia
• Assessment and treatment of dementia
• Psychological and social perspectives of dementia
• Research methods and critical appraisal
• Leadership and change management in clinical services
• Quality, safety and service improvement in clinical services
• Communication and learning in health and social care

COURSE STRUCTURE

Most modules are assessed by means of a 3,000 word in-depth evaluation of a topic agreed by the student and module leader.

PGCert:

Two modules from the following clinical module options PLUS one module from the PGDip professional module list

MDM119 Understanding Dementia (20 credits)
MDM120 Assessment and Treatment of Dementia (20 credits)
MDM121 Psychological and Social Perspectives of Dementia (20 credits)

PGDip:

All three clinical modules PLUS three modules from the following professional module options:

MDM10 Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)
MDM122 Communication, Learning and Teaching in Health and Social Care (20 credits)
MDM110 Leadership and Change Management in Clinical Services (20 credits) OR
MDM76 Quality, Safety and Service Improvement in Clinical Services (20 credits)

MSc:

PGDip modules PLUS
MDM164 Dissertation (60 credits)

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Successful completion of the course will provide specialised knowledge and expertise which will be invaluable in improving the prospect of employment in the field and will enhance the likelihood of career progression.
Ultimately, students will be empowered to deliver significant improvements in the quality of services provided to people living with dementia.

Visit the Dementia Studies MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the Brighton & Sussex Medical School website for more details!

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