2020 start

Dementia Studies

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

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Course description

This course isn't running in 2019. You can apply for 2020 entry.

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.

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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
  • Caring for People with Dementia at the End of Their Lives
  • 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 grade 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

This course isn't running in 2019. You can apply for 2020 entry.

If you have any questions, please contact the department.

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+44 114 222 2054

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