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Dementia: International Experience, Policy and Practice (Online Distance Learning) (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

This MSc aims to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence of those looking to become future leaders in dementia research, policy and practice.

By exploring the latest thinking in dementia from across the social sciences, the programme supports students to develop innovative, as well as practical, approaches to the global challenges of dementia in the 21st century.

Online learning

Our flexible MSc is delivered part-time, facilitating students to combine learning with work and other commitments. All courses are delivered online, using the latest developments in e-learning. This enables students from across the world to study and share experiences, which brings a unique and truly international dimension to the programme.

You are expected to engage regularly in online activities facilitated by course tutors and fellow students; for example, in virtual classrooms, online discussion boards, via email and on messaging boards.

Our methods of assessment are diverse, enabling students to demonstrate their learning in critical thinking as well as practice-based application. Our current assessment methods include case study analyses, essay writing, reflexive accounts and a final, research-based dissertation of 15,000 words.

You will be supported throughout your studies by a dedicated Personal Tutor, who is selected on the basis of your expertise and areas of interest.

Learning outcomes

Throughout the MSc, you will be supported to:

develop a critical understanding of how dementia is viewed, in both majority as well as minority-world countries;
explore the lived experience of dementia, and how lived experience can help to reshape policy and practice;
develop your leadership skills and your ability to advance positive change within organisations and communities; and
conduct applied research into an aspect of dementia experience, policy or practice.

Career opportunities

This programme is ideally suited to those keen to further a career in the field of dementia practice, policy or research and meets the competencies outlined in the 'Expertise in Dementia Practice Level' as articulated by the Scottish Government Promoting Excellence Framework.

Visit the Dementia: International Experience, Policy and Practice (Online Distance Learning) (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent in a relevant discipline (e.g. nursing, psychology, sociology, social work, community development or the allied health professions). Experience of working with people with dementia. Applicants with strong professional experience, but lower qualifications, may be considered subject to evidence of academic ability and at the discretion of the Programme Director.

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