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Dementia Studies

Health Sciences School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

A growing number of people in the UK live with dementia. This course has been developed to help tackle this major social challenge. Our teaching team are academics and practitioners from dementia education, research and clinical practice.
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Course description

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 course will help meet that demand.

This MA 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.

You’ll develop your critical awareness of current debates, research, policy and therapeutic interventions in dementia. At the heart of this course is a genuine commitment to helping you learn from people with dementia, their family caregivers or supporters and dementia care practitioners.

Our teaching team are academics and practitioners from dementia education, research and clinical practice. This course was developed by experts from the Health Sciences School alongside the Department of Sociological Studies.
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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
  • Palliative and Supportive Care
  • Dementia and Identity
  • Effective Safeguarding For People with Dementia
  • Evidence-based Practice


Full-time students attend two full study days a week at University during term time, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Students complete four compulsory 15-credit modules per semester and then either a 60-credit research dissertation or a Critical Development of Clinical Practice project between February and September.


  • 1 year full-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 score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding


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

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses


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

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