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Dementia Studies (Training in Dementia Care)

Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: MSc
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Health Studies
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The MSc Training in Dementia Care is a three year part-time distance learning programme designed to further enhance your understanding and application of evidence guiding care for people with dementia and their families.

The programme will equip students with knowledge and understanding related to the provision of evidence based dementia care training.

Students will obtain knowledge and skills related to the provision of training and will understand the barriers and obstacles to change as well as strategies and skills for implementing change initiatives.

Why Bradford?

Our distance-learning educational courses in Dementia are designed to be directly applicable to the workplace and to equip students with the skills to implement service delivery improvements.

Our focus is on developing person-centred dementia care in practice, to drive real world change. The programmes are designed for practitioners working in all areas and roles within health and social care, through offering choice in assignment topics meaning work can be tailored to each student's individual interests and role.

As our courses use distance and online learning methods, we enable practitioners and professionals to develop their knowledge in a flexible manner which supports study alongside work and family commitments.

We use the latest in e-learning technology to support students to be in regular contact with tutors and peers to facilitate communities of learning.

The University of Bradford has been providing accredited programmes in Dementia Studies since 2002, and has a long history of cutting-edge research related to person-centred dementia care and innovative methodologies for researching and developing practice in health and social care for people with dementia.

All teaching on the programme is research-informed and delivered by an academic team who are actively involved in relevant fields of dementia research.  Members of the course team have completed research projects and studies using film, music, photography, narrative, conversation analysis and other participatory methods to enhance understanding of the experience of dementia.

For each module you are provided with a module study guide produced by the course team. It contains exercises, activities and links to audio and visual materials. To enhance the learning experience you are asked to contribute to on-line discussion groups and take part in real time tutorials.


Entry requirements

You should have at least one of the following:

  • A first degree with a classification of 2.2 or above in a relevant subject area.
  • Evidence of previous successful study at postgraduate level, i.e. a pass mark of 40% in at least 20 credits at FHEQ Level 7.
  • Evidence of previous successful study at FHEQ Level 6, i.e. a mark of at least 48% in at least 20 credits at Level 6.
  • Evidence of previous study at FHEQ Level 5 (i.e. DipHE, Foundation Degree, NVQ), plus a minimum of at least two years' experience working in a dementia care or dementia service field prior to application. Evidence of advanced standing will be on the basis of a portfolio, for which you will need to achieve a mark of at least 60% at FHEQ Level 6.

You should have a work role or voluntary placement which regularly brings you into contact with people who have dementia for at least 2 hours a week during the academic year (September to June).

Applicants who do not have the above qualifications should contact us, as it may be possible to arrange to submit other evidence of ability.

English language requirements:

Students for whom English is not a first language must either have studied previously at Bachelor's degree level or above in English, or have IELTS 6.5 with no sub-tests less than 5.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Understanding the Experiences of People with Dementia

Year 1, Semester 1

The aims of this module are to provide you with a critical understanding of biomedical, psychological and sociological models of dementia, and of the impact of a range of factors on the experience of dementia. You will develop a critical appreciation of the overall experience of living with dementia.

Dementia Training Skills and Approaches

Year 1, Semester 2

This module is suited to people who want to facilitate practice based change and who are already training or expect to train others in dementia care. It will provide you with a critical appreciation of a range of approaches pertinent to adult learning theory, to encourage you to employ teaching and training methods that will facilitate sustainable change in practice. It will enable you to assess training needs, identify and/or create relevant learning materials, and deliver effective programmes of training to dementia care practitioners.

Practice Development and Organisational Change

Year 2, Semester 1

The aims of this module are to provide you with an understanding of ways to improve care or services for people with dementia, by means of small-scale, focused, practice change initiatives. You will identify an area for concern, and follow through a participatory action research cycle in order to produce an action plan for implementing your change initiative.

Evidence Based Dementia Training

Year 2, Semester 2

This module enables you to gather a range of evidence (research, clinical, experiential) in relation to a specific area of dementia training which is of personal interest to you, or of particular relevance to your field of work. You will utilise this evidence to develop evidence-based teaching materials, evaluate your training and develop skills in e-portfolio building.

Service Evaluation in Dementia Care

Year 3, Semester 1 & 2

This is the final year dissertation module. The module will enable students to conduct an evaluation of one aspect of an existing dementia care service, amenity or training programme. You will use the evaluative data to identify practice improvements.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £6,500
  • International: £17,900

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

Funding for eligible staff within the region will be reviewed by Health Education England (HEE) in the coming months for the 2017/18 academic year. We advise all applicants to apply as normal for 2017/18 courses and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

Please note, we are currently experiencing a high volume of applications for this course. If you are having problems with your application, please contact 01274 236593.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.