University College Cork


Course Outline
Our interdisciplinary MSc in Dementia course provides healthcare professionals with the skills to expertly care for a person with dementia from diagnosis to end-of-life. We advocate a biopsychosocial approach in this course, meaning that we look at the body, mind and environment and consider how they are all connected. Our course content reflects this approach.

The topics on this course include dementia presentations and assessments; 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.

This programme can be studied full-time or part-time. A range of optional modules allows a student to tailor their learning to their own setting and role and includes an optional clinical placement module. Optional independent study modules provide for skill-development opportunities, allowing a student to undertake an in-depth literature review, a supervised audit, service evaluation or a quality improvement project, or to develop a business case or implementation plan. At all times the emphasis is on the 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.

Subjects taught

Students take taught modules to the value of 60 credits incorporating approximately 300 hours of structured contact time via face-to-face, webinars, or online options. Most classes are held in two-day blocks (weekdays). Students also undertake a research dissertation (30 credits) which is submitted at the end of the calendar year.

Core Modules

Students take core modules to the value of 35 credits as follows:

CG6015 Understanding Cognitive Disorders and Dementia (10 credits)
CG6016 Advanced Issues in Dementia Care (10 credits)
CG6017 Clinical Practicum in Dementia (5 credits)
And either

EH6038 Applied Research for Gerontology and Rehabilitation (10 credits) Or
MH6014 Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits)
Elective Modules

Students take elective modules to the value of 25 credits from the following:

CG6002 Stroke Rehabilitation (10 credits)
CG6006 Falls, Mobility and Movement Disorders (10 credits)
CG6007 Independent Study (5 credits)*
CG6011 In-depth Independent Study (15 credits)*
CG6012 Neuromuscular Disorders (10 credits)
IP5001 Holistic Approach to Palliative Care (5 credits)**
MH6016 Advance Care Planning (5 credits)
NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice (5 credits)
*Students can take either CG6007 orCG6011 but not both.

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

Research Module

CG6018 Dissertation in Older Person Rehabilitation (30 credits)

Entry requirements

Candidates must have the following:

An honours 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 under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). 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. 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 year full-time, 2 years part-time.


The fee for this course is €8,955.

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 MSc in Dementia gives Healthcare Professionals the key skills and competencies they need to confidently care for a person with dementia, of any age and in any setting. The MSc in Dementia is particularly suitable for those who want to assume a management and leadership position in the care of people with dementia.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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