The interdisciplinary MSc 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, 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.
The MSc in Dementia 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 give maximal skill-development opportunities, allowing a student to undertake an in-depth literature review, a supervised audit, service evaluation or quality improvement project, or to develop a business case or implementation plan. 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 best possible care for the person with dementia in real world settings.
The MSc in Dementia is a blended learning programme, with some content provided online or via evening webinars, augmented by face-to-face lectures, tutorials, workshops and case-based learning. Workshops focus on peer-learning and skills practice (eg communication skills, capacity assessment, critical appraisal).
Students take taught modules to the value of 60 credits incorporating approximately 300 total hours of structured contact time, provided face-to-face, via webinars or online. Most classes are held in two-day blocks during weekdays. In addition to structured contact time, students perform approximately 900 hours of self-directed learning, submitting module assignments and reports. Students also undertake a research dissertation (30 credits) which is submitted at the end of the calendar year (full-time students) or at the end of the second academic year (part-time students). The research possibilities are broad, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methodologies.
Why Choose This Course
As the population ages and dementia becomes very common, almost all Healthcare Professionals will care for people with dementia in their everyday work, and so need up-to-date dementia knowledge and skills.
The course lecturers and facilitators are clinicians and academics from several disciplines, all expert in dementia. The course coordinator is the Clinical Lead for the National Dementia Office, a highly experienced clinician, researcher and policy influencer.
This is the only dementia course to offer extensive optional modules to tailor your learning, including an optional placement module (CG6017) to experience dementia care in a range of settings, enhancing your appreciation of other service models and disciplines.
The unique optional independent study modules (CG6007 or CG6011) allow you to perform an in-depth review of a topic within or outside the course curriculum, or to plan and implement a quality improvement project, audit or service evaluation.
The research dissertation module (CG6018) is similarly highly flexible - you are supported to develop a research idea relevant to your interests and work setting, and carefully matched with experienced supervisors (usually two per student, from complementary disciplines) based on your project. Many students present their research at national and international conferences, and publish in academic journals.
Placement or Study Abroad Information
This course includes an optional clinical placement module (CG6017) where you can experience dementia care in a range of settings, including novel and innovative services, enhancing your appreciation of integrated service models and the role of other disciplines. The Practice Education Coordinator works closely with you to develop a tailored placement timetable, with placement sessions available local to your usual place of work, or throughout Ireland and abroad, as practical for you. Student feedback on this module is that it is highly valuable for personal clinical practice and for supporting quality improvements in their own work setting.