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Understanding Experiences of Dementia (distance learning)

Duration: 3 months
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: Module
Suitable for international students
Start date: View attendance dates
Faculty of Health Studies


In this module, the emphasis will be placed on doing all we can to ensure that the experiences of people with dementia are at the heart of care practice.  You will be encouraged to draw on a variety of methods to facilitate the voice of a person with dementia to be heard and to influence quality of life for that person.

The module is assessed by means of two assignments: a report on your investigation of quality of life  carried out with one person with dementia, and a presentation of your findings designed for a selected audience in order to improve that person’s care.

This module aims to provide students with a critical understanding of the experience of a range of influences (biological, psychological and social) on the experience of dementia.

It also aims to provide a critical appreciation of the experiences of a person with dementia and those of their informal and formal caregivers and how these combine to contribute to the overall experience of living with dementia.

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.

Entry requirements

You must have experience of working in the field of dementia care, on a paid or voluntary basis, . You should possess a first degree in a relevant subject or equivalent e.g. National Qualifications Framework Level 6, and GCSE grade C or equivalent English language.

You must also have access to a computer with internet connection and be prepared to spend on average 15 hours a week on your studies.

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

English language requirements:

Applicants whose first language is not English should have IELTS 6.5 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.

This module carries 30 credits at FHEQ level 7.  30 credits equates to 300 learning hours and this means that you will need to study for around 15 hours a week during the 16-week module.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

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: £1,500 (standard 30 credit module fee)


  • Home/EU: £1,545 (standard 30 credit module fee)

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.