MSc in Dementia Studies
The University of Stirling is committed to world class education and research, with a pioneering spirit and a passion for innovation and excellence.
Applied Social Science is at the forefront of developing new e-learning opportunities. In 2003, we offered the first online MSc in Dementia Studies in the UK. In following person-centred care principles, this course places the person with dementia at the very centre of our understanding.
In joining our distance learning postgraduate course in Dementia Studies, you will become part of an international, multi-disciplinary community of students and academics, committed to creating change and improving dementia practice and the experiences of living with dementia.
Our course takes a theory-based and practice-oriented approach to consider the diversity of living and dying with dementia. It encourages collaborative, inter-disciplinary, critical and reflexive learning and it seeks to produce leaders of change in the dementia field.
The objectives of the MSc are to:
- develop an advanced understanding of multidisciplinary perspectives about dementia and approaches to dementia care
- address critical issues in dementia care and service delivery
- foster improved multidisciplinary and collaborative practice
- compare and contrast national and international research
- identify and debate current practice developments
- develop critical thinking to promote reflective practice
- develop knowledge and skills of social research processes
The course has been 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.
Structure and content
The Dementia Studies has been carefully designed to form a coherent and integrated course.
The Postgraduate MSc comprises six modules completed over three years. The modules are those undertaken for the Postgraduate Diploma, as well as:
- Researching Dementia - focuses on different aspects of the research process. Assignments will include a literature review and a research proposal. This module will equip students with necessary skills to undertake social research.
- Evaluation and Assessment in Dementia Care - introduces students to the evaluation process. It discusses assessment and outcome measures. The module will develop students’ skills in critical analysis of the literature and in assessing research and evaluation projects.
Delivery and assessment
Each module commences with a one day introductory session at the University. For international students, or those unable to attend the introductory session in person, there is the option to join in virtually, and we can set you up with our online system called Collaborate so you can take part in the session remotely. Learning then consists of 300 hours study over a 14-week period.
Apart from an introductory session, all teaching uses text and web-based distance-learning materials. The specially designed interactive website enables student interaction and tutorial support as well as providing online access to the course materials and much of the reading material required. Special emphasis is placed on a collaborative and problem-solving approach to learning and on encouraging reflective practice.
All modules are assessed through coursework and you experience a range of assessment including essays, evaluation reports, research proposals and literature reviews.
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.
This course 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 some students to continue with research on completion of their studies. Other students have become involved in training initiatives.
- 2016/17 Overseas £1,575 per module
- 2016/17 Home/EU £1,017 per module
- 2015/16 Overseas £1,500 per module
- 2015/16 Home/EU £1,000 per module
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.
Please note: If you are a student from overseas and applying with a Tier 4 student visa, we unfortunately can not accept your application for this course as it falls into the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning course.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20
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.
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Last updated February 1, 2016