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Ageing and Dementia Studies Professional Doctorate

Ageing and Dementia Studies Professional Doctorate

Key information

Qualification type

Professional Doctorate

Subject areas

People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work Geriatric Medical Studies Age Studies

Course type


Course Summary

This course aims to provide students with a rigorous framework for the development and synthesis of empirical, professional and organisational knowledge linked to ageing and dementia as the basis for the development of enhanced health and social care services.

The Professional Doctorate as a distanced learning pathway with e-learning modules seeks to offer an alternative route for advanced practitioners in the UK and overseas to gain an applied doctoral-level qualification and consolidate both their learning and expertise, as well as gain new insights and theoretical perspectives. It builds on contemporary research evidence underpinning applied practice, health behaviour and health related policy in relation to dementia care from the disciplines of mental health and health and social care management. If students wish to exit the programme rather than complete the Doctorate Professional the relevant exit award will be to complete a dissertation option: MSc in Ageing and Dementia Resilience.

The Professional Doctorate is aligned with contemporary UK and Wales-based policy imperatives guiding the development of dementia care and responds to the educational requirements of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and other NHS organisations in the UK. The Professional Doctorate provides a distanced learning pathway with e-learning modules and access to the Research Summer School to provide a flexible mode of learning, involving partnership with the student’s host organisation. It also provides a range of exit awards that provide opportunities for tailoring a bespoke programme of postgraduate education for clinicians and those seeking development towards the Professional Doctorate.

Different course options

Full time | Bangor University | 5 years | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


5 years

Start date



e-Research (20 Credits) - Core
Evidence for Improvement (20 Credits) - Core
Positioning Dementia Care (e) (20 Credits) - Core
Creative Approaches to Ageing (20 Credits) - Core
Successful Ageing, Resilience and wellbeing (20 Credits) - Core
Social networks and communities for Health and Wellbeing (20 Credits) - Core
Dissertation  (20 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Admission by undergraduate degree: Successful completion of Bachelor degree (minimum 2:2) with significant experience in health service development. Students will be expected to be working in a role which has the capacity to support achievement of the course aims and objectives, and to be able to demonstrate organisational support. Admission by Experience: Mature student status: A candidate may be considered for acceptance provided that they have relevant work experience and have strong references and personal statement. Usually, under such circumstances, the candidate would be invited for an interview where circumstances allowed (e.g. face-to-face, Skype, telephone).

University information

Located in North Wales, between the mountains and the sea, Bangor University offers postgraduate degrees within three colleges: Arts, Humanities and Business Environmental Sciences and Engineering Human Sciences Known for its research work, Bangor is renowned in particular for its research into industries like accounting, electronic engineering, sports science and psychology. In fact, the last Research Excellence Framework (REF,...more