University College Cork


Course Outline
The interdisciplinary Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia provides healthcare professionals with the skills to expertly care for a person with dementia from diagnosis to end-of-life. Taking a biopsychosocial approach, with expert lecturers and facilitators from a range of academic and clinical backgrounds, the course content includes dementia presentations, assessments, sub-types and differentials; restorative and adaptive cognitive and non-cognitive interventions; a strong focus on communication, ethical approaches and care planning; translation of evidence to clinical practice; and reflection on legislative, policy and societal influences on dementia care across health and social care settings. At all times the emphasis is on critical appraisal of research evidence, and knowledge of current policy and societal influences, and how these translate into the best possible care for the person with dementia in real-world settings. The Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia can be taken over one or two academic years (9-20 months).

Subjects taught

Students take CORE MODULES to the value of 20 credits as follows:
CG6015 Understanding Cognitive Disorders and Dementia (10 credits)
CG6016 Advanced Issues in Dementia Care (10 credits)

Students take ELECTIVE MODULES to the value of 10 credits from the following:
CG6002 Stroke Rehabilitation (10 credits)
CG6006 Falls, Mobility and Movement Disorders (10 credits)
CG6007 Independent Study (5 credits)
CG6012 Neuromuscular Disorders (10 credits)
CG6017 Clinical Practicum in Dementia (5 credits)
EH6038 Applied Research for Gerontology and Rehabilitation (10 credits)
IP5001 Holistic Approach to Palliative Care (5 credits)*
MH6014 Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits)
MH6016 Advance Care Planning (5 credits)
NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice (5 credits)

* Can only be selected if the student has active registration or is eligible for registration with the appropriate professional healthcare registration body.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have the following:

A Primary Degree in a relevant health care discipline* or an equivalent academic qualification and professional experience to be approved by Programme Team;

Ideally, candidates should have at least one year's practical experience in their area of qualification post-registration;

In some exceptional circumstances, candidates, by virtue of their training and experience may, at the discretion of the Programme Team, be deemed suitable for entry to the programme. Such candidates may be requested to undergo an interview.

*A relevant health care discipline includes but is not limited to medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy, speech and hearing science, audiology, physiotherapy, psychology, and social studies.

Garda Vetting
Students or applicants in receipt of an offer, on this programme will be subject to Garda Vetting as relevant. Students will be prohibited from engaging in a relevant work placement unless the vetting process has been cleared. Click here to view UCC's Student Garda Vetting Policy.

Application dates

Closing Date
Rolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.


1 or 2 years (9-20 months) part-time.


The fee for this course is €2,985.

Part-time students:

If your course is offered full time and part time, the fee for part time courses is half the full time fee.

Enrolment dates

Start Date 2 September 2024

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information
In today’s competitive workforce, higher professional qualifications are an essential part of continuous professional development and career advancement. The Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia gives Healthcare Professionals key skills and competencies to confidently care for a person with dementia, of any age and in any setting.

This course can also be used as a stepping stone to the MSc in Dementia, or to a research MSc or PhD. It can also be taken as an adjunct to a Diploma or MSc in a related area (e.g. Gerontological Nursing or Intellectual Disability studies), giving specialist expertise in dementia.

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  • Qualification letters

    PG Cert

  • Qualifications

    Minor Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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