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.

Being on placement is one of my favourite parts of the course. Whilst on placement I feel really well supported both by the academic staff at the University and my mentor.

Samantha Treloar, Postgraduate student in the School of Nursing and Midwifery

About the course

Course description 2017

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 helps to meet that demand.

The course was developed by staff from the School of Nursing and Midwifery with colleagues from the departments of sociological studies and human communication sciences.

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

Postgraduate student in tutorial roomModules

  • 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
  • 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, and practice-based experience. Each module is assessed by a range of methods including written assignments and presentations.

Course duration

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

Entry requirements

Either a bachelors degree or 120 credits at level 6 (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 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Any questions?

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

Mac Macintosh
T: 0114 222 2054

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.