Dementia Studies FT / PT

Course Overview

Dementia is a growing problem globally. There are more than 800,000 people with dementia in the UK and 44 million world-wide, posing a major challenge for treatment and care.

The Dementia Studies course ay Brighton & Sussex Medical School is aimed at all those involved in the health and care of people with dementia.

The course comprises a unique set of educational initiatives designed to enable healthcare professionals to improve the quality of life for people with dementia by building expertise in generating and delivering better care. It provides a comprehensive and holistic theoretical and practical framework for understanding dementia and enables a broad understanding of the impact of dementia on the individual and society. Clinical knowledge is blended with developing skills in communication for health and social care, research and leadership learning.

Course Structure

Most modules are assessed by means of a 3,000 word in-depth evaluation of a topic agreed by the student and module leader.

Two modules from the following clinical module options PLUS one module from the PGDip professional module list

  • Understanding Dementia (20 credits)
  • Assessment and Treatment of Dementia (20 credits)
  • Psychological and Social Perspectives of Dementia (20 credits)

PGGDip Options:

  • Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)
  • Communication, Learning and Teaching in Health and Social Care (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Change Management in Clinical Services (20 credits) OR
  • Quality, Safety and Service Improvement in Clinical Services (20 credits)

Key Areas of Study

  • Understanding dementia
  • Assessment and treatment of dementia
  • Psychological and social perspectives of dementia
  • Research methods and critical appraisal
  • Leadership and change management in clinical services
  • Quality, safety and service improvement in clinical services
  • Communication and learning in health and social care

Entry Requirements

A degree and evidence of a capacity to study at Masters level with a substantial interest and/or experience in an area of health or social care.


Evidence of a capacity to study at Masters level and at least two years’ work experience in an
environment related to dementia care (including lived experience).


Completion of at least three years’ basic medical science at a UK medical school (having gained at least 360 credits) with a guaranteed place to continue medical studies on completion of the MSc. Read more about Intercalating.

For international students a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is required.

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