SNM655 Theorising dementia and the UK policy context

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at health and social care professionals, voluntary sector practitioners and those looking to develop an academic career focusing on dementia and dementia care.

Overview of content:

  • Critical analysis of a range of theoretical approaches to dementia care to recognise the key strengths and limitations of different ways of ‘seeing’ dementia care
  • Consideration and application of awareness of the varied subjective experiences of dementia, highlighted in The Senses Framework, to discussions of dementia care practice in order that it is informed and shaped in accordance with user-expertise
  • The key social policy framework within which a wide range of dementia care services are provided currently in the UK
  • Overview of the current substantive adult safeguarding measures and processes relevant to dementia required of UK health and social care practitioners and organisations in order to promote safe and compassionate care

What is it about?

This module aims firstly to provide students with the means to develop critical approaches to dementia care practice and theory through understanding the fundamental elements of differing key influential models of dementia and dementia care. Secondly, it aims to provide students with clear understanding of the national social policy context and priorities for dementia alongside essential learning about expectations for professional practice and, in particular, practicable processes for ensuring safeguarding requirements are met, emerging from widely reported failures in UK dementia care provision.

How does it enhance practice?

This module promotes a critical understanding of dementia care practice, allowing for informed, innovative and strategic approaches to practice development. Further, the coverage of current adult health and social care safeguarding measures promotes safe dementia care practice, wherever this occurs.

Mode of assessment

Module related knowledge will be assessed through completion of a 3000 word assignment.

Links to Academic Award

NURT66 MA Dementia Studies


15 Credits at Level 7

Course Structure

Start date: Dates for September 2020 tbc

Attendance dates: September 2018 structure for reference only

25 September 2018
2 October 2018
16 October 2018
30 October 2018
13 November 2018
27 November 2018
8 January 2019 - no tutorials and assignments
15 January 2019 - no tutorials and assignments
22 January 2019 - no tutorials and assignments

Application and Funding

To apply for this course you need to complete an online application form and you can do this by selecting the "apply" link at the top right of this page. A fees and funding form will automatically be sent on submission of your application form. Details of funding options can be found on our Funding Page.

If you wish to undertake the full MA Dementia Studies course, please apply using this form.

If successful in your application for the course you will receive a confirmation email with the exact details of the location of teaching, closer to the start date.

The School of Nursing and Midwifery is based at Barber House, Glossop Road, Sheffield; opposite the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, however teaching may take place across the University site. Interactive Campus Map

Programme Leaders:

David Reid, School of Nursing. Email:

Bernadette Murphy, Department of Sociological Studies. Email: