Masters in Dementia Studies (Online MSc)
Online Masters in Dementia Studies
The Masters in Dementia Studies is developed to provide students with research based, in-depth knowledge of dementia and to how to support people living with dementia. The programme is designed for professionals working in the field, as well as carers or volunteers who provide support to people with dementia.
The Online Masters in Dementia Studies is developed to enhance the students’ understanding of multidisciplinary perspectives about dementia and the various approaches to providing support to people with dementia. During their study, students will have the opportunity to compare and contrast international research, address issues in dementia practice, as well as debate latest practice developments. Ultimately, students will enhance their knowledge and skills of the social research process and develop critical thinking to promote a reflective practice.
All modules in the Online Masters in Dementia Studies are assessed through coursework such as essays, evaluation reports, research proposals and literature reviews.
Benefits of an Online Masters in Dementia Studies
The Online MSc in Dementia Studies provides students with research-based knowledge from experts who have helped shape dementia care policy globally. Students will learn about the latest theory, policy drivers, initiatives, innovation and best practice in dementia care, and gain a grounding in research and academic skills.
While pursuing the MSc Dementia Studies, students will be part of an international online community of fellow professionals who are also enrolled on the programme, as well as academics committed to improving the practice and the lives of people with dementia.
Career Path after an Online Masters in Dementia Studies
The Online Masters in Dementia Studies equips students with the skills and knowledge to enhance employability within dementia care, and even in more specialised positions within health and social care.
A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.
You must be a professional currently working in a relevant field or a carer/volunteer with experience of supporting
English language Requirements
Due to disruption in English Language testing caused by COVID-19, we are accepting alternative English Language tests (including online English Language Tests).
If English is not your first language we may require one of following qualifications as evidence of English language skills, however please contact your Stafford Higher Education Consultant for more English language options.
- IELTS Indicator 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-skill
- Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each sub-skill
- Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 169 in each sub-skill
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) 62 overall with 60 in each sub-skill
- IBT TOEFL 80 overall with 18 in reading, 23 in writing, 19 in listening and 21 in speaking
- IBT TOEFL Special Home Edition Test 80 overall with 18 in reading, 23 in writing, 19 in listening and 21 in speaking
- Trinity ISE II Pass overall and Merit in all sub-skills, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills
- Aptis (4 skills) CEFR B2 overall and B2 in all sub-skills
- Duolingo 105 overall with a minimum of 95 in each sub-skill
- LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator – Pass with minimum 33 in each sub-skill
Dementia and the Environment
This module forms part of the first year of the postgraduate programme in dementia studies. This module has been created in response to a rapidly growing interest in the social and physical environments inhabited by people with dementia and their significance for living well. Recent years have witnessed a dramatic restructuring of health and social care, including a steady shift away from institutional forms of care for people with dementia and towards greater levels of care provided in the person with dementia’s own home. Such changes have important implications for anyone working in the field of dementia care. Topics for discussion in the module include ageing and the environment, the importance of place in person-centred care, architecture and design, home and housing, interior and exterior design and the role of outdoor space in supporting people living with dementia. We will also discuss assistive technology in dementia care and the ethical issues surrounding the use of technology.
Critical and Reflective Thinking in Dementia Studies
Our online module ‘Critical and Reflective Thinking in Dementia Studies’ is a 15 week distance learning course. This module runs across the first year of the course year of the postgraduate programme in dementia studies. The programme is designed for health and social care practitioners and allied professionals and carers looking to develop their knowledge, create change and improve practice in the field of dementia care.
Critical and creative approaches to dementia
This module provides a foundation for the course as a whole and has a focus on two interlocking themes. We begin by exploring different critical perspectives on dementia and their underlying theoretical context. We consider the different ways in which dementia has been understood and approached in fields such as medicine, psychology and the social sciences and examine the implications for dementia care policy and practice. Students are encouraged to make links to their own professional or caring situation and to consider how these different approaches to dementia might further inform their work and the relationships they develop with people living with dementia. In the second part of the module we turn to consider the role of creativity and the arts in dementia care. The aim here is to demonstrate and explore the diverse ways in which the arts have become embedded in dementia care and the opportunities they offer for supporting and working with people living with dementia.
Living with Dementia
The module will be delivered using a range of approaches including online activities which may include: live lectures, webinars and workshops; pre-recorded lectures, videos, podcasts; and other activities such as reading, quizzes, and discussion boards. Canvas, Big Blue Button and Microsoft Teams and other tools may be used in the teaching of the module.
Understanding and Evaluating Evidence in Dementia Studies
This module provides students with skills and knowledge that will enable them to effectively evaluate a range of evidence from research and practice and to then utilise this evidence to build a strong knowledge base and improve practice within their workplace. The module focuses on four keys themes: evaluating the research evidence; understanding statistical evidence; promoting participatory practice and research and utilising skills in social media to develop practice and knowledge networks.
Enhancing Dementia Practice
This module forms part of the second year of the postgraduate programme in dementia studies. The module aims to contextualise current dementia practice and to unpack the underlying theories and mechanisms that support good practice in dementia care. The first half of the module considers the frameworks that influence practice, considering legislation and policy as well as ethical and practice guidelines. These sections look at legislative frameworks that govern how care and support are provided for people with dementia and their families in the UK and other countries, alongside global approaches to ethical practice encompassing human rights approaches and consideration of risk and advocacy. There follows a short reflection on the dementia workforce, considering who is taking care of people with dementia and what gaps and needs there are in their knowledge and skills. This is important context for the second half of the module which considers how practice is enhanced and developed through the acquisition and use of new knowledge and evidence and the subsequent sharing of this through transfer and learning. Towards the end of the module you will be encouraged to consider how you might support change in your organisation – through training and through the introduction of new approaches and ideas.
Researching Quality of Life with Dementia: Approaches and Methods
This module focuses on the different methodologies and methods used to research quality of life with dementia. Broad methodological approaches to understanding and investigating the concept of quality of life are linked to wider theoretical frameworks for understanding dementia. The module explores how different ways of conceptualising quality of life with dementia impact on the particular ways in which social researchers design their methodological approach, choose particular methods and engage people with dementia.
The module provides the foundation for students’ learning in relation to the conduct of dementia care research module: it introduces theory in relation to dementia research methodology, methods and analysis, before discussing how such theories are used within dementia research. The module introduces how dementia is conceptualised within different models of dementia care research. The module then discusses the theory behind qualitative and quantitative research methodology and how these are operationalised within dementia care research. The module also discusses how such methodologies enable students to carry out research at macro or population levels, meso or institutional level, and micro or individual or group scale. Finally the module discusses how research impact in dementia care can be planned for and achieved. The module provides foundational information which students will further develop in the study of M level modules within the postgraduate programme.
Developing a Dementia Research Proposal
This module asks students write a proposal for a research project in the field on dementia care. The module will guide students in identifying a suitable topic, developing research questions, adopting appropriate methods, and in analysing and reporting the results. After completing the module, students will have the skills to carry out research as part of their professional practice.