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Dementia Studies

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Dementia Studies

Key facts

MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 3 years

Eligible applicants: UK, EU, international

Location: University of Brighton Falmer campus

Course Leader: Dr Naji Tabet >

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This course is jointly validated by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex.

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Further information about this course can be found in the Course Application Handbook.

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Information for international students can be found in the international postgraduate prospectus.


Key areas of study

  • Understanding dementia
  • Assessment and treatment of dementia
  • Psychological and social perspectives of dementia
  • Research methods and critical appraisal
  • Leadership and change management in clinical services
  • Quality, safety and service improvement in clinical services
  • Communication and learning in health and social care

Course overview

Dementia is a growing problem globally. There are more than 800,000 people with dementia in the UK and 44 million world-wide, posing a major challenge for treatment and care.

The Dementia Studies course is aimed at all those involved in the health and care of people with dementia.

The course comprises a unique set of educational initiatives designed to enable healthcare professionals to improve the quality of life for people with dementia by building expertise in generating and delivering better care. It provides a comprehensive and holistic theoretical and practical framework for understanding dementia and enables a broad understanding of the impact of dementia on the individual and society. Clinical knowledge is blended with developing skills in communication for health and social care, research and leadership learning.  

Dementia students

"This course enabled me to gain an up-to-date understanding of what dementia is and the latest diagnostic approaches and treatments while stretching my thinking and helping me to remember that it is real people who are facing these difficulties."

Dr Andrew Risbridger 
 MSc Dementia Studies student


"As a higher trainee in old age psychiatry, I have found the MSc in Dementia Studies to be a valuable tool to help develop an in depth knowledge and understanding of many aspects of dementia. It has helped me to meet many competencies in the RCPsych curriculum and to help me critically appraise the evidence around treatments and interventions as well as learning to maintain excellence in the care and support of service users, families and carers."

Dr David Denton
PG Cert Dementia Studies student

Course structure

Most modules are assessed by means of a 3,000 word in-depth evaluation of a topic agreed by the student and module leader.


Two modules from the following clinical module options PLUS one module from the PGDip professional module list

Understanding Dementia (20 credits)

Assessment and Treatment of Dementia (20 credits)

Psychological and Social Perspectives of Dementia (20 credits)


All three clinical modules PLUS three modules from the following professional module options:

Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)

Communication, Learning and Teaching in Health and Social Care (20 credits)

Leadership and Change Management in Clinical Services (20 credits) OR

Quality, Safety and Service Improvement in Clinical Services (20 credits)


PGDip modules PLUS

Dissertation (60 credits)

Career opportunities

Successful completion of the course will provide specialised knowledge and expertise which will be invaluable in improving the prospect of employment in the field and will enhance the likelihood of career progression.

Ultimately, students will be empowered to deliver significant improvements in the quality of services provided to people living with dementia.

Entry requirements

A degree and evidence of a capacity to study at Masters level with a substantial interest and/or experience in an area of health or social care.

Evidence of a capacity to study at Masters level and at least two years’ work experience in an
environment related to dementia care (including lived experience).
Completion of at least three years’ basic medical science at a UK medical school (having gained at least 360 credits) with a guaranteed place to continue medical studies on completion of the MSc.

For international students a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is required.

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Fees and funding

The fees listed below are the overall costs for full-time courses taken in the academic year 2020-21. Where courses are taken part-time over more than one academic year, fees are usually charged pro-rata for the modules taken during each academic year.  


UK / EU / Island students £8,262

International £15,156


UK £5,508

International £10,008


UK £2,754

International £5,004


All BSMS students on Masters courses accredited jointly by the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton are eligible to apply for University of Sussex postgraduate scholarships in 2020-21. 

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Applications are made through the University of Brighton online portal.