MA Dementia Studies

Expressions of interest for 2020 now welcome

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 genuine commitment to learn from the expertise of persons with dementia, their family caregivers or supporters and dementia care practitioners. We encourage and support persons with dementia and their supporters to contribute to your MA Dementia Studies education.

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 Studies 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.

What do MA Dementia Studies graduates say about the programme?

What were the most positive things about your study experience?

The MA Dementia Studies was an absorbing, challenging and intense experience for me. As a mature student I could join up my practical experience with the latest theoretical approaches. Full time study was totally immersive and very satisfying. I loved all the opportunities to listen, think, debate and write, while cultivating the ability to consider a range of perspectives" (Julia Pearson, graduated 2018)

“The amount of resources made available by the module leaders for all the courses for the students was outstanding" (Veronica Chilaka, graduated 2018)

This study experience has given me the confidence to care for people with dementia in a positive patient centred way. It has allowed me to expand my knowledge and feed this back to my work area creating an educational role and a source of information for others” (Deborah Searson, graduated 2017)

I particularly liked the regular weekly attendance at University as it is my preferred way of learning and provided time out of the workplace to focus on the topic areas and assignments. I also found sharing experiences with other students and tutors really helpful and gave me the opportunity to clarify any concerns that I had. The support from the other students was particularly helpful and invaluable” (Maggie Parry-Hughes, graduated 2017)

Has studying for an MA in Dementia Studies helped you in your career?

Definitely! People with dementia make up the majority of my caseload as a social worker... When explaining to families that I have done this course it is almost as if they feel relief that I will understand what they are going through, understand the person and ensure they are getting the right care and treatment” (Eden Haytree, graduated 2018)

The MA Dementia Studies programme has proven extremely beneficial to me in my career...Following completion of the course 2 months later a position became available to become a more senior member of the team and I was appointed as Band 6 Sister on the same unit, feedback from my interview suggested that having worked in that area already was a positive but that the MA Dementia studies gave me an overall advantage” (Deborah Searson, graduated 2017)

I feel like I have gained lots of useful knowledge that will help me make better assessments and provide better care for my patients. I think I have also become more of a leader in good dementia care in the setting I work in and feel confident in teaching junior staff about dementia” (Emma Lowry, graduated 2018)

The MA in Dementia Studies was very relevant to my area of work in the training department. I was able to transfer areas of learning into my practice when delivering dementia training to staff and it has increased my confidence as well as my knowledge” (Maggie Parry-Hughes, graduated 2017)

Would you recommend the MA Dementia Studies to your colleagues?

Yes because there are a lot of staff who report as being experienced in dementia care having worked in the field for a long time. However experience does not always equate to knowledge” (Philomena O’Hanlon, graduated 2018)

It is a rewarding course with plenty of opportunities to get involved in activities that before this I would have known nothing about. The opportunity to work with other professionals was great and helped to develop my understanding of how others work with people with dementia in different practice settings. The course couldn’t be more relevant at the moment to health and social care professionals/volunteers to enhance their knowledge and improve future care of those with dementia” (Eden Haytree, graduated 2018)

Yes I will definitely recommend it because of the knowledge and empowerment it gives you in your career in nursing and especially in the care of people with dementia” (Veronica Chilaka, graduated 2018)

I would recommend this course to anyone who has a passion for the care of people with dementia and who would like to be challenged educationally; the sense of achievement is remarkable” (Deborah Searson, graduated 2017)

I would certainly recommend it to those colleagues working in dementia care or have a passion for improving their knowledge in dementia...Although it was challenging at times it was also very enjoyable and informative. I found the sharing of experiences and knowledge with tutors and students really beneficial. The course has not only improved my academic knowledge which I have been able to transfer into practice, but also my confidence” (Maggie Parry-Hughes, graduated January 2017)

Yes. The course provides essential thinking space to those who would like to have greater impact when delivering better approaches to dementia policy or practical dementia care” (Julia Pearson, graduated 2018)

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

The start date is September 2020 and scheduled teaching typically takes place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. See the course structure page for specific modules and precise dates. 

Contact Us

Programme Leader: David Reid

Tel: 0114 222 2060


Admissions Office

Tel: 0114 222 2030