Advanced Dementia Studies

MSc Advanced Dementia Studies is a part-time distance learning programme. By studying online you will have the flexibility to fit your studies around your working life and learn from and with students from around the world.

  • MSc Advanced Dementia Studies – 3 years
  • PGDip Advanced Dementia Studies – 2 years
  • PGCert Dementia Studies – 1 year

The programme has been designed to develop you as a leader in your field of dementia care and enable you to use the best evidence available to support your work. We adopt a human rights perspective to understanding the experience of people living with dementia and encourage multidisciplinary team-working and service user engagement. Our programme is underpinned by cutting-edge research.

This programme is intended for UK and international students who are:

  • Health and social care professionals who want to gain a specific qualification in working with people who have dementia
  • Voluntary workers who already have contact with people with dementia

Our flexible approach allows you to combine study with work and home life. Our online courses are designed to be directly applicable to the workplace and to help you develop your own and your colleagues’ practice.

The course is assessed fully online – you not need to attend the University at any point during your studies. However, this does not mean you need to study alone – you will be part of a group of fellow national and international students passionate about improving dementia care.

Entry requirements

Candidates should have a first degree with 2:2 or above in a relevant subject area.

However, if you have had any prior experience of successful study at undergraduate or postgraduate level you may apply, providing evidence such as certificates and transcripts. The programme team will make a decision based the overall quality of your application.

If you do not have a first degree or equivalent, you may be asked to complete a portfolio of evidence to support your application for which you will need to achieve a mark of at least 60%. If this is the case please ensure you apply in a timely manner as this will need to be approved before you can start the course.

Additional entry requirements

Practice entry requirements

You must already have a work role, or voluntary placement, which regularly brings you into contact with people who have dementia. The minimum contact requirement is 2 hours a week during the academic year (September to June). This contact must be regular, direct and ongoing throughout your studies. It is not enough merely to work in an environment or service that provides dementia care; you must have regular opportunities to interact with a range of people who have dementia in the course of your day-to-day employment or voluntary role. It will be your responsibility to ensure that this contact is maintained if your employer or work role changes during the course of your studies.

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.

Due to the applied nature of the teaching and learning activities on the programme and its direct implications on practice, for example through seeking stakeholder involvement and opinion in projects, and appraising, planning and evaluating practice development initiatives, applicants will be required to seek approval for studying within their work or voluntary setting from a manager prior to commencing the course.

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. For further information on English Language requirements please see the dedicated international entry requirements page.

What you will study

All module information is for 2020 entry, and is subject to change.

  • First Year – Postgraduate Certificate CoreCritical Perspectives on Dementia: a rights based approach / Evidence Appraisal and Synthesis
  • Second Year – As Postgraduate Certificate, plus: Core – Advancing Practice: skills and methods. Option – Post Diagnostic Support Pathways for People with Dementia / Enhanced Communications Methods / Arts and Activities in Dementia Care
  • Final Year – Degree of Master  – As Postgraduate Diploma, plus: Core – Service Evaluation in Dementia Care for Advanced PracticeAdditional costs

There may be additional costs that you may incur as a student. Though these are not essential to your programme of study you need to be aware of them as a student of the University. A list of the sort of costs you might expect can be found on our fees and finance section.

Financial support

Health Education England may fund some health courses/modules at the University of Bradford for healthcare staff providing NHS services working within West Yorkshire and Harrogate, against organisational training priorities identified through the organisations training needs analysis.

You are therefore advised to contact the SSPRD Signatory within your organisation regarding their organisational training priorities.

See our fees and financial support section.


Every year we award numerous non-repayable scholarships to UK, EU and international students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship. For full details, visit our scholarships section.



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