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Dementia Studies MSc/PGDip/PGCert

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Full time | University of Brighton | 1 year | SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work Mental Health Nursing (General)

Course type


Course Summary

About this course

Dementia is a growing problem globally. This course comprises a set of educational initiatives which enable healthcare professionals to improve the quality of life of dementia patients by building expertise in generating and delivering better care. The comprehensive, holistic, theoretical and practical framework for understanding dementia enables a broad understanding of the impact on the individual and society. Clinical knowledge is blended with developing skills in communication for health and social care, research and leadership learning.

Who is it for?

The course is aimed at a wide range of professionals who are in a position to deliver improvements to the health and care of people with dementia. This includes nurses, doctors, psychologists, occupational therapists and managers and staff in nursing and residential homes.

Key areas of study

  • Understanding dementia
  • Assessment and treatment of dementia
  • Psychological and social perspectives of dementia
  • Research methods and critical appraisal
  • Leadership and change management in clinical services
  • Quality, safety and service improvement in clinical services
  • Communication and learning in health and social care

What are the benefits?

Students will be empowered to deliver significant improvements in the quality of services provided. Successful completion of the course will provide specialised knowledge and expertise which will be invaluable in improving the prospect of employment in the field and will enhance the likelihood of career progression.


Assessment and Treatment of Dementia (20 Credits)
Psychological and Social Perspectives of Dementia (20 Credits)
Dissertation (60 Credits)
Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 Credits)
Communication, Learning and Teaching in Health and Social Care (20 Credits)
Understanding Dementia (20 Credits)
Leadership and Change Management in Clinical Services (20 Credits)

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have a degree and evidence of a capacity to study at Masters level with a substantial interest and/or experience in an area of health or social care or: Evidence of a capacity to study at Masters level and at least two years’ work experience in an environment related to dementia care (including lived experience) or Completion of at least three years’ basic medical science at a UK medical school (having gained at least 360 credits) with a guaranteed place to continue medical studies on completion of the MSc.