MA Dementia Studies

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

We provide you with the skills employers are looking for so you can move forward with your career.

We all put our trust in the healthcare professionals who take care of us and our loved ones. Those professionals trust Sheffield to deliver the kind of training they need.

Because we work so closely with our partners in health and social care, you can be confident that a postgraduate course here will make a positive difference to your working life.

All our courses are research-led, shaped by local, national and international policy. They’re designed to be flexible, to meet your needs.

About the course

About 800,000 people in the UK are living with dementia. It's estimated that dementia costs the economy £23 billion a year.

There is a growing demand for practitioners and decision-makers with the insight to tackle what is a major social challenge.

This new MA, developed by staff from the School of Nursing and Midwifery with colleagues from the departments of sociological studies and human communication sciences, helps to meet that demand.

The teaching team are academics and practitioners from dementia education, research and clinical practice.

This course is taught jointly by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, the Department of Sociological Studies and the Department of Human Communication Sciences.

Core modules

  • Theorising Dementia within the UK Policy Context
  • Inclusive of People with Dementia: Involvement and Impact
  • Understanding Communication in Dementia
  • Psychosocial Approaches to the Care and Support of People with Dementia
  • Caring for People with Dementia at the End of Their Lives
  • Dementia and Identity (with placement, subject to DBS approval)
  • Effective Safeguarding for People with Dementia
  • Evidence-based Practice


Part-time students complete two of the compulsory modules per semester and attend one day per week during term time. Teaching includes:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practice-based Experience


Each module is assessed by a range of methods including:

  • Written assignments
  • Presentations

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Postgraduate student in tutorial room

Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2-5 years part-time

Entry requirements

Either a bachelors degree or 120 credits at level six (degree level). We expect many applicants will have clinical experience of caring for or supporting people with dementia but this is not a requirement.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in each component.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

If you already work with NHS patients in Yorkshire and the Humber or in the East Midands, funding might be available. Contact us for more information.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Practical learning

We have strong links with local dementia care providers and the module Dementia and Identity involves a placement with one of our community partners. (You'll need a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check to carry out the placement.)

People with dementia and family caregivers also come into the classroom to teach on the course.

You'll meet dementia-related PhD students at the University of Sheffield for expert insights into further postgraduate study opportunities.

Combined expertise

The course is taught jointly by experts from the faculty of medicine, dentistry and health, and the faculty of social sciences. Our team is made up of academics and practitioners active in dementia education, research and clinical practice.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Mac Macintosh
T: +44 (0)114 222 2060