MSc in Dementia Studies

School of Healthcare Sciences

About the course

Students on the MSc Dementia studies will benefit from studying in a Medical and Health School that is highly ranked for its research in general and in particular for its research into the experience of living with dementia and supporting people living with dementia. This research is focused in the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) and throughout the course students will be exposed to practical and theoretical innovations, many of which originated in the DSDC at Bangor.

The programme builds upon existing theoretical perspectives and research evidence underpinning applied health and social care practice in the field of dementia care. It critically examines current theory, practice and policy in order to advance appropriate approaches to dementia care from the disciplines of mental health, health and social care management. The course seeks to develop a framework for students to engage in active person- and family centred care of people with dementia across diverse acute and community settings. It positions assessment, care planning and interventions as strategies that respond to the complexity of dementia as a lived experience, including attention to communication and culture in therapeutic interventions to develop excellence in service delivery.

Students wishing to can exit the programme after achieving sufficient credits for either a PG Certificate or PG Diploma if they don’t wish to undertake the full MSc giving students flexibility in the duration and depth of their course.

The course is available as both a traditional class based pathway utilising blended learning and as a distanced learning pathway with e-learning modules.

Dementia Services Development Centre

The Dementia Services Development Centre, also known as DSDC, was founded in 1999.  In collaboration with Cardiff & Vale UHB, DSDC Wales is one of a network of centres in the DSDC Network throughout the British Isles which conduct research and promote service development and training in the field of dementia care.

Research is conducted on a local and national level within Wales with the research centre in Bangor being the lead for the Wales Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (NEURODEM Cymru). DSDC Wales also collaborates with research networks in the UK and internationally and is a core part of the Bangor Institute of Health and Medical Research (BIHMR). The primary aim of the DSDC is to improve the quality of life and well-being of older people and people with dementia and their supporters, through carrying out and applying relevant research. In achieving this impact, the DSDC works closely with a variety of organisations and agencies, both statutory and independent. The DSDC is committed to working with all those who strive to improve the quality of services for people with dementia and their supporters in Wales

DSDC is active across a wide range of ageing and dementia research activities and these can be broadly categorised (i) dementia care (including Alzheimer’s disease, family care-giving and psychosocial interventions); (ii) gerontology; and (iii) well-being and resilience across the life-span.

Programme length

1 year full-time, 3 years part-time.

Course content

Perspectives in Dementia Care: This module seeks to enhance the understanding of the various discourses around dementia care and to promote an awareness of the impact of such discourses on the nature and format of care delivery.

Dementia: Managing Complexity: This module will equip students with the knowledge and skills to work effectively with people with dementia and family carers, during periods of crisis or when faced with complexity, upheaval, change or transition.

Communication Skills for Relationship-centred Dementia Care: This module will focus upon critically analysing the role of communication in relation to understanding the lived experience of dementia, engagement with a person with dementia and in the assessments that occur within dementia care, giving careful consideration to the bilingual aspect of communication.

Active Cultural and Language Sensitivity in Dementia Care: This module is designed to focus on an understanding of the complexity of language and its cultural context within dementia care. It seeks to examine and reflect on how people ‘position’ their approach to language within clinical discourse as an ‘act’ that engages person centred approach, involving the concepts of compassion and dignity.

Active Advancing Professional Knowledge: Practitioners working at an advanced level are required to synthesise multiple sources of different types of information (including policy, theory, research, organisational feedback, patient feedback, experience and expertise) to guide their professional work. This module will provide students with the opportunity to critically evaluate strategies and approaches that can be used to expand their professional knowledge and know-how, making sense of complex and conflicting information.

Research Methods or e-Research Methods: This module is an introduction to research methods and presents a platform for students to engage in both quantitative and qualitative research approaches and develop an ability to utilise specific research techniques.

Dissertation: A supervised research project (20,000 words).

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Dementia Studies Modules  page.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Entry Requirements

A good first degree in a relevant subject from a recognised institution. Degree subjects acceptable for all programmes: Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational/Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, Medicine/Dentistry, Psychology, Radiography, Paramedics. English language standard – we ask for an IELTS score of 6 with no individual score less than 5.5 (or equivalent). This does not apply to all prospective candidates, please ask for advice as your Bachelor degree may be sufficient to meet this requirement. Working professionals with nongraduate qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

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