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About the course


  • 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


Dementia is a growing problem globally. There are more than 800,000 people with dementia 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.

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Entry Requirements

A degree and evidence of a capacity to study at Masters level with a substantial interest and/or experience in an area of health or social care.

Evidence of a capacity to study at Masters level and at least two years’ work experience in an
environment related to dementia care (including lived experience).

Completion of at least three years’ basic medical science at a UK medical school (having gained at least 360 credits) with a guaranteed place to continue medical studies on completion of the MSc.

 Course Content

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Where is Brighton & Sussex Medical School

Student Profile(s)

Dr Andrew Risbridger - MSc Dementia Studies student

This course enabled me to gain an up-to-date understanding of what dementia is and the latest diagnostic approaches and treatments while stretching my thinking and helping me to remember that it is real people who are facing these difficulties.

Dr David Denton - PG Cert Dementia Studies student

As a higher trainee in old age psychiatry, I have found the MSc in Dementia Studies to be a valuable tool to help develop an in depth knowledge and understanding of many aspects of dementia. It has helped me to meet many competencies in the RCPsych curriculum and to help me critically appraise the evidence around treatments and interventions as well as learning to maintain excellence in the care and support of service users, families and carers.

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