MA Dementia Studies

(Full-time) - NURT65 

The MA Dementia Studies programme has been developed collaboratively by staff in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Departments of Sociological Studies and Human Communication Sciences. The MA Dementia Studies programme team is comprised of academics and practitioners active in dementia education, research, and clinical practice. We aim to support students to become critically aware of current debates, research, policy and therapeutic interventions in dementia. At the heart of the programme is a commitment to learn from the expertise of persons with dementia, their family caregivers or supporters and dementia care practitioners.

There are approximately 750,000 people in the UK living with dementia. It has been estimated that dementia costs the economy £23 billion a year. Diagnosis rates for dementia, while improving, are variable by geographical location and compare unfavourably with other life-limiting conditions. The annual unpaid work of carers and supporters of people with dementia has been valued at £8 billion. There is an ongoing and increasing need for practitioners, decision-makers and researchers who are equipped with credible and critical dementia education to participate in what is undeniably a major social as well as personal challenge.

The 8 modules included in the programme reflect what we believe are essential components of Masters level dementia education. By drawing together our respective disciplinary perspectives in the MA Dementia programme, we offer education that supports the development of practitioners, decision-makers and researchers who are fully equipped to engage strategically as well as inter-personally in society's response to dementia.

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. Applicants should have already successfully achieved a first degree or accrued 120 credits at level six (degree level); or be able to demonstrate their ability to study at this level. Though it is anticipated that many applicants will already have clinical experience of caring for or supporting people with dementia this is not a requirement for registration.

Tuition Fees:

The annual tuition fee for self funding or sponsored students are available via the University PG fees webpages

LBR funding may be available, subject to eligibility and availability. Please refer to our funding pages for further information.

How to Apply

If you would like to undertake this full-time course please submit an application through the postgraduate online system. Details of how to apply for individual modules can be found on the course structure page.

Start date

Confirmed started date September 2018. 

Contact Us

Programme Leader: David Reid

Tel: 0114 222 2060


Admissions Office

Tel: 0114 222 2030