MSc. in Dementia

Trinity College Dublin

Program Description
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MSc. in Dementia

Trinity College Dublin

MSc/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia

The Master's programme in Dementia is open to a wide range of professionals who have experience in delivering a dementia care approach within the practice in the last two years. An interdisciplinary input to the design, development and delivery of this programme stems from a variety of dementia experts. Students on this programme will come from a variety of backgrounds including, for example, nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, social work, physiotherapy, chaplaincy and other disciplines.

For the duration of the programme, students will be employed in an area where the principles of dementia care are applied in caring for individuals with dementia and their families / significant others.

Upon successful completion of this programme, students will obtain an M. Sc. (Dementia) from the University of Dublin; there are P.Grad.Dip and P.Grad.Cert. exit options.

The learning outcomes have been developed in accordance with the NQAI and IUQB frameworks at level 9. These also satisfy some of the educational requirements of the CNS framework and the programme also has Category 2 approval from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

The overall aim of the programme is to strengthen and develop the knowledge, skills, competencies and attitudes of the students, thus enabling them to fulfil their highest potential in the personal, professional and practice arena of dementia care. This programme also aims to make a valuable contribution to the development of dementia care knowledge, research and practice.

The design is such that it will promote collaboration between disciplines of nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, social work and other professionals working with persons living with dementia and their families/significant others. It is anticipated that graduates of this programme, in applying their learning, will be enabled to promote and develop excellence in dementia care in their practice setting thus ensuring that people with dementia live a dignified and meaningful life.

Duration and Course Structure

The course takes place over 2 years part-time or 1 year full-time.

A blended learning approach is utilised in the delivery of theoretical content, including lectures, group discussion, Blackboard and self-directed learning.

The assessment process used is a combination of written and practical assignments. Although not yet confirmed, it is expected that Year 1 of the part-time taught masters course will start with a full week in September 2016 and will continue with classes on the following Thursdays until the second week of December 2016. It is expected that there will be a break, then before it recommences on the second week of January 2017 and continues on Thursdays until the end of March or early April.

There is some web-based learning involved. Although not yet confirmed, attendance in Year 2 of M.Sc. courses involves attending a selection of workshops run from September to March. (The last workshop is likely to be at the end of February 2017.) These workshops are designed to support students as they progress through the various stages of their final year dissertation. Students will be free to attend any of the workshops on offer. At the end of Year 2, M.Sc. students will produce a dissertation on a chosen subject related to their field of study.

Teaching of the clinical specialist modules takes places on clinical sites for the most part.

Entry Requirement

The criteria for admission are that the candidate must:

  1. have a minimum of one year’s professional experience in supporting persons with dementia within the past two years;
  2. be working in an area where dementia care is delivered in Ireland for the duration of the course;
  3. normally hold an honours degree in a relevant discipline, or otherwise, satisfy the selection panel that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course.

Note, this course is open to a wide range of professionals. Nurses undertaking this course must have current registration on the appropriate division of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland live register.

Note, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland is the regulatory body for the nursing and midwifery professions in Ireland. Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland is mandatory in order to practice as a Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife in Ireland.

One of the entry requirements of this course is that the nurse applicants must be current registration on the appropriate division of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland live register.


All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:

  • IELTS: Grade 6.5
  • TOEFL: 230-computer based, 570 paper based
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade C

Course Fees

2016 annual tuition fees are as follows:

  • P.Grad. Cert.: EU: €3,300, non-EU€6,600.
  • P.Grad. Dip: EU: €6,500, non-EU €13,000
  • M. Sc. Year One annual tuition fees for New Entrants: EU: €6,500, non-EU: €13,000
  • M. Sc. Year Two annual tuition fees for New Entrants: EU: €4,750, non-EU €9,500

There is a non-refundable application fee of €35.

Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of competency in this language through one of the well-established international standard tests: Examinations Minimum Level Required IELTS Grade 6.5 TOEFL 230 – computer based 570 – paper-based 88 – internet-based Cambridge Certificate Grade C of Advanced English Cambridge Certificate Grade C of Proficiency in English Pearson Vue English Minimum score of 63 to be Language Test eligible (with no section score below 59)

Please note that these are the only forms of English Language Certification that we accept.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 29, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2018
1 - 2 years
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19,383 EUR
Ireland - Dublin
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PT [1] EU €7,363, Non EU €14,468, PT [2] EU €5,318, Non EU €10,508, FT EU €10,643, Non EU €19,383