Taught course

The Psychology of Dementia Care – Distance Learning (PG Cert)

University of St Andrews · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

The School will accept one of the following as appropriate entry qualifications:

  • A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline.
  • Accredited Prior Learning: a professional qualification in Social Work, Nursing, Occupational Therapy or similar.
  • Experiential Prior Learning: substantial relevant work experience in a related discipline and at least three year's practical experience in the field.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The PG Cert in The Psychology of Dementia Care is a part-time distance learning course run by the School of Psychology and Neuroscience with start dates in January and September. The programme will provide students with the theoretical background to the psychology of dementia care.


  • The structure of the programme is designed for maximum flexibility, allowing students to take one, two or all three of the modules, which you may pay for one at a time. (The Postgraduate Certificate requires the completion of all three.)
  • Students are encouraged to question current practice and to apply psychological theory to their own working situation.
  • The distance learning format allows students to attain the Postgraduate Certificate remotely and at their own pace.

Teaching format

The course is delivered online via Moodle, the University's online teaching and learning system. Students will engage with independent study in a supportive online framework and have access to lecture slides, case studies, journal articles, videos and a student forum to facilitate your studies. The programme coordinator will be available for contact throughout the course.

The programme comprises three modules; students may take these modules individually but must complete all three to achieve the certification. The modules are assessed through coursework submitted online; there is no final exam for the course.

University tutors are available for support via email and telephone.


Each module typically comprises:

  • 200 notional hours of learning time delivered by distance learning
  • 100% coursework assessment.

For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2016-2017 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2017 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
2017 fees: £2160 (or £720 per module) - contact school for 2018 tuition fees
International students
2017 fees: £2160 (or £720 per module) - contact school for 2018 tuition fees

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12-24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 2157