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MSc Dementia Care at The University of Manchester
MSc Dementia Care APIMH
Develop evidence-based person-centred care to further your practice and service delivery for people living with dementia and their families.

MSc Dementia Care APIMH

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
MSc/PGDip/PGCert
Duration
36 months (part-time)
Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (Lower Second or above) or equivalent from a recognised institution.

We also accept an approved and relevant postgraduate qualification (minimum PGDip or equivalent - 120 credits at master's level), or evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience that we accept as qualifying you for entry.

Places are available to applicants without a degree but who are able to demonstrate evidence of appropriate academic ability. See Portfolio for non-standard application (Word, 216KB).

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . You must also complete an employer support form (Word, 94 KB). Contact us to request printed forms.

This course only runs in alternate years. The next intake for the Dementia Care pathway is in 2019. However, applications can be submitted and processed in advance. Early application is recommended.

You can apply for this course by completing our online application form . You must also complete an employer support form (Word, 94 KB). Contact us to request printed forms.

This course runs in alternate years. The next intake for the Dementia Care pathway is in 2019. However, applications can be submitted and processed in advance. Early application is recommended.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc N Y N N

Course overview

  • Gain the knowledge and skills you need to offer evidence-based interventions that promote the wellbeing and empowerment of people living with dementia and their families.
  • Build on your experiences as a health and social care professional or someone involved in the care and support of people living with dementia and their significant others.
  • Study at a university ranked 1st in the UK and 3rd in the world for nursing (QS World University Rankings 2018).

Open days

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Year 1: £3,800; year 2: £3,800; year 3 £1,900
    International students (per annum): Only available to employees of the NHS and related organisations. Fees paid by contract with the NHS

There are likely to be a small number NHS fund places for new students working in the north-west of England in the NHS or NHS-related services.

For details, please contact pgtaught.nursing@manchester.ac.uk or t.bradshaw@manchester.ac.uk

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

Some funded places may be available on this course for mental health practitioners working in the north-west of England in the NHS or NHS-related services.

This funding is for UK/EU students and will cover the full UK/EU tuition fee. These will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Alumni Bursary

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of a 10% reduction towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • have graduated since 2013;
  • hold a first class or 2:1 honours degree;
  • have home or overseas fee status;
  • are applying for full- or part-time study;
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.

The bursary will be applied as a fee reduction automatically for those students and alumni who meet the alumni bursary criteria so there is no application process.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 0270
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/nursing/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require an honours degree (Lower Second or above) or equivalent from a recognised institution.

We also accept an approved and relevant postgraduate qualification (minimum PGDip or equivalent - 120 credits at master's level), or evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience that we accept as qualifying you for entry.

Places are available to applicants without a degree but who are able to demonstrate evidence of appropriate academic ability. See Portfolio for non-standard application (Word, 216KB).

English language

Students whose first language is not English are required to hold one of the following.

  • IELTS at grade 7.0 or above, with a score of 6.0 or above in each component
  • TOEFL test with a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based)
  • GCSE English with grade C or above
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Professional entry qualification

We require a recognised health/social care-related professional qualification and/or employment in mental health and/or social care services in a recognised role relevant to the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . You must also complete an employer support form (Word, 94 KB). Contact us to request printed forms.

This course only runs in alternate years. The next intake for the Dementia Care pathway is in 2019. However, applications can be submitted and processed in advance. Early application is recommended.

You can apply for this course by completing our online application form . You must also complete an employer support form (Word, 94 KB). Contact us to request printed forms.

This course runs in alternate years. The next intake for the Dementia Care pathway is in 2019. However, applications can be submitted and processed in advance. Early application is recommended.

Advice to applicants

Written employer support to attend the course and to be given time to complete any necessary practice requirements including any practice supervision/mentorship arrangements is required.

As well as applying online, an  employer support form  (Word, 56KB) must be completed, which can also be requested from pgtaught.nursing@manchester.ac.uk .

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Due to funding arrangements and practice requirements, this course is not available to international students.

Course details

Course description

Our Dementia Care course is a pathway of our MSc in Advanced Practice Interventions for Mental Health (APIMH) and has been designed to respond and contribute to the modernisation of mental healthcare delivery and service design. It is aimed at existing health and social care professionals and others involved in dementia care.

Service development and evidence-based guidelines continuously highlight the need for multidisciplinary, multi-agency dementia care services that are accessible, flexible, inclusive and enabling, and are driven by the needs of clients and their families.

It is vital that these services are developed and delivered by staff appropriately prepared with relevant expertise, knowledge and skills.

Our part-time multidisciplinary and practice-focused course will equip you with the advanced knowledge and skills you need to provide high-quality, evidence-based interventions that promote the wellbeing, personhood and empowerment of people living with dementia and their significant others.

It will also enable you to act as an agent of change by contributing to research, service development and leadership in dementia care.

Special features

Learn from the experts

You will learn from internationally renowned experts in the field, as well as experienced dementia care practitioners, people living with dementia and former students, many of whom now operate at senior levels within dementia care services.

Flexible learning

The part-time nature of this course enables you to fit learning around your other commitments, with one day a week to be spent on campus.

Teaching and learning

You will participate in a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, small-group work, student-led seminars, group-work, problem-based learning scenarios and online learning.

You will undertake independent study to further develop and consolidate your learning. We aim to involve people with dementia and their families in the delivery of sessions where possible.

Coursework and assessment

A variety of assessments are used within each course unit and across the course as a whole. All assessments require you to integrate knowledge and understanding and apply this to your own area of practice as relevant to the outcomes of each unit and the focus of each pathway.

Assessment methods may include essays, case studies, assessed seminar presentations and literature reviews.

The dissertation for the MSc requires you to undertake an extended written piece of work (12,000-15,000 words) that focuses on a specific aspect of mental health practice in the form of an extended literature-based review/proposal for practice development.

Course unit details

The course consists of pathway-specific and core/compulsory course units. Pathway-specific units focus on the following themes:

Year 1

  • Perspectives on Dementia (15 credits)
  • Evidence Based Practice in Dementia Care (15 credits)
  • Dementia & Social Inclusion (15 credits)
  • Meeting the advanced care needs of people with dementia (15 credits)

Year 2

Core course units are shared with students studying other pathways and courses, but retain a pathway-specific focus through group work and assessments. Core course units focus on the following themes:

  • Advanced Evidence Based Practice and Leadership (30 credits)
  • Working effectively with crisis and complexity in dementia care (15 credits)
  •  Developing practice, managing change (15 credits)

On completion of the taught units of the course (PGDip), successful students who meet progression requirements are able to continue onto their dissertation (60 credits) for the MSc.

The dissertation enables students, with the support of an individual supervisor, to undertake an extended written piece of work which focuses on a specific aspect of Mental Health Practice in the form of an extended literature based review/proposal for practice development.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dissertation NURS60000 60 Mandatory
Working Effectively with Crisis & Complexity in Dementia Care NURS60007 15 Mandatory
Critical appraisal and evidence synthesis NURS60015 15 Mandatory
Research Design NURS60018 15 Mandatory
Evidence Based Practice in Dementia Care NURS60043 15 Mandatory
Perspectives on Dementia NURS60054 15 Mandatory
Meeting the Advanced Care Needs of People with Dementia NURS60063 15 Mandatory
Dementia and Social Inclusion NURS60074 15 Mandatory
Developing Practice and Managing Change NURS60141 15 Mandatory

Facilities

You will be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

Careers

Career opportunities

This course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to enhance your own and others' practice, as well as contribute to innovations and developments in dementia care and service delivery.