MSc in Dementia Studies and Gerontology

University of Stirling

Program Description

MSc in Dementia Studies and Gerontology

University of Stirling

MSc in Dementia Studies and Gerontology

The MSc in Dementia Studies and Gerontology will be an online, international course delivered jointly by the University of Stirling, Scotland and the University of Louisiana at Monroe, USA. You will join a vibrant group of students from all over the world, including UK, USA, Canada, Australia, India and elsewhere to study ageing and its implications, including demographics, lifestyles, active ageing and care and support in older age. You will focus specifically on the important challenge of dementia for older people, their families and communities and care providers throughout the dementia journey.

The modules within this coure will be delivered using a blended learning approach with an optional face-to-face component but with the majority of teaching activity taking place online using specially designed websites. The module websites will provide access to all the learning materials including a module workbook, an electronic reading list and other resources. In addition, discussion boards and chat rooms will enable and encourage interaction between students and the teaching team. The teaching team will include established gerontology and dementia studies lecturers as well as specialist support from IT and library staff. Special emphasis is placed on a collaborative and problem solving approach to learning and on encouraging reflective practice.

This is the only available international course in Gerontology and Dementia Studies that we know about. We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity, which brings together two internationally renowned Universities.

The MSc in the Dementia Studies was the first online dementia studies course in the UK and has now been running successfully for 10 years, going from strength to strength with a growing number of students both in the UK and internationally.

Course objectives

The course will be developed to provide students with an in-depth, research-based knowledge of dementia, including theory, innovative and best practice, policy drivers and initiatives studies and a grounding in academic and research skills.

Delivery and assessment

The course will be delivered online. At the start of each semester, there will be induction sessions for each module; students may attend in person at Stirling, or join the class online.

To complete the course, students will require access to a computer with an internet connection; broadband or a link to a powerful LAN (such as in a college or University) is the preferred option, although dial-up with a minimum of a 56K modem will also work.


All modules will be assessed through coursework and you will experience a range of assessment including essays, evaluation reports, research proposals and literature reviews.

Career opportunities

This course is for established professional and practitioners in health and social care who use it to develop a specialist knowledge of gerontology and dementia studies to further their careers. The MSc in Dementia Studies has enabled students to develop practice within their existing posts, while some previous students have moved to more specialised or promoted posts. It has also encouraged past students to continue with research. Other students have become involved in training initiatives.

Entrance requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Students must be professionals currently working in a relevant field.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (6.0 in all bands).

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 1, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
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Aug. 2016
3 years
Part time
Start date Aug. 2016
United Kingdom Stirling, Scotland
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