Taught course

Dementia Studies

University of Sheffield · School of Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

Either a bachelors degree or 120 credits at level 6 (degree level). We expect many applicants will have clinical experience of caring for or supporting people with dementia but this is not a requirement.

Months of entry


Course content

Course description

About 800,000 people in the UK are living with dementia. It’s estimated that dementia costs the economy £23 billion a year.

There is a growing demand for practitioners and decision-makers with the insight to tackle what is a major social challenge. This new MA helps to meet that demand.

The course was developed by staff from the School of Nursing and Midwifery with colleagues from the departments of sociological studies and human communication sciences.

The teaching team are academics and practitioners from dementia education, research and clinical practice.


  • Theorising Dementia within the UK Policy Context
  • Inclusive of People with Dementia: Involvement and Impact
  • Understanding Communication in Dementia
  • Psychosocial Approaches to the Care and Support of People with Dementia
  • Caring for People with Dementia at the End of Their Lives
  • Dementia and Identity
  • Effective Safeguarding For People with Dementia
  • Evidence-based Practice


Part-time students complete two of the compulsory modules per semester and attend one day per week during term time. Teaching includes lectures, seminars, and practice-based experience. Each module is assessed by a range of methods including written assignments and presentations.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2-5 years part-time

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24-60 months

Course contact details

Mac Macintosh
+44 (0)114 222 2054