MSc Dementia Studies

The MSc Dementia Studies is the only masters' degree in South Wales that specialises in dementia. The MSc Dementia Studies was developed by people living with dementia, family carers, health, social and allied health professionals.

The MSc Dementia Studies course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and aptitude to work with people living with dementia and their carers. This masters degree is for anyone working with people with dementia and their carers in either a professional or volunteering capacity.

Studying this MSc Dementia Studies course will enable you to provide effective care for people living with dementia and their carers.


Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A
Part-time 2 Years September Glyntaff A
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A
Part-time 2 Years September Glyntaff A

The course is two years part-time or one year full-time and comprises of six modules.
The first three modules provide a grounding in dementia through a critical analysis of current issues, research approaches and an exploration of what it is like for people living with dementia.



In the first year, you will study the following modules:

Current Issues in Dementia Practice

The aims of this module are to enhance greater understanding of current issues and professional development in the field of dementia practice. It will also enable students to develop and extend existing knowledge and skill base around contemporary advances in the support of a person affected by dementia and identified carers.

Research Methods

The aims of this module are to provide a comprehensive grounding in research paradigms and methods. It will also critically consider the relationship between the research context, research question, methods and knowledge development.

Living with Dementia

The aims of this module are to critically explore the lived experience of dementia from diagnosis to end of life care and death. The module will also critically reflect on the biopsychosocial, spiritual and political factors influencing the lived experience of dementia



The second year critically examines how care should be delivered to improve the health and well-being of people living with dementia and their carers. During this year, you will study the following modules:

Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues in Dementia Practice

The aims of this module are to enable the student to analyse contemporary professional, legal and ethical issues in dementia practice. It will also enable the student to develop and extend knowledge and skills base around relevant professional, legal and ethical issues in the care and support of a person affected by dementia and their carers.

Complexities in Dementia Practice: Interventions and Helping Approaches in Dementia

The aims of this module are to enable students to develop a thorough knowledge and critical understanding of a range of evidence-based therapeutic interventions and helping approaches to work effectively with people living with dementia and their carers. The module will equip students when working with people living with dementia when faced with complexity and change.

Practice Project

This module aims to enable the student to critically explore a key issue identified through their own experience and practice, developing on knowledge and skills acquired through concurrent modules, and making recommendations based on critical evaluation of literature and the student’s own experience


The course is designed to have three exit points:

PGCert - Current issues in Dementia Practice plus one other module in Year One

PGDip - All modules except the Practice Project

MSc - All six modules


The MSc Dementia is an intensive course which is delivered over two years (part-time) or one year (full-time).

The modules vary in the ways they are taught. A blended approach includes on-line activity/distance learning in conjunction with face-to-face/on-campus activity. International students can expect to be in university at least one day a week for the duration of the academic year.

However, it is expected that student will be studying independently for the duration of the course – either through directed online tasks and activities or through independent study for their various assignments.

Taught sessions will be delivered by academics, clinicians and service users. The course is designed so that learning can also occur through the students themselves (via in class discussions and group work). For each module, students will be given the contact details of both the module manager and an allocated academic supervisor. They will also have the contact details of the course leader at the outset of their studies.

This university prides itself on supporting students and there are various support systems in place which any of the students can access (details are listed in the course handbook and readily available from module managers/course leader).


The majority of the modules on this course are assessed by written assignments and presentations relating to the students specific area of practice or interest. There will be a variety of assessments including case studies, literature reviews, research proposals, practice-based project and presentation which give the opportunity of applying the learning to the students specific area of interests and practice.


The University of South Wales has excellent facilities to support student learning.

Students will have access to the Learning Resource Centre which has books and journals (both hard copies and electronic versions).

There is also a designated librarian for the faculty with a wealth of experience in supporting students with the resources available. Students will also have access to a state-of-the-art simulation centre which recreates both inpatient and community care settings.


Throughout the course, students will be taught by academics, clinicians, guest lecturers and service users (people living with dementia and carers). 

The MSc Dementia course team consists of the following: 

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

Applicants must have at least one year experience of working with and supporting people living with dementia and be currently supporting this client group for the duration of this course. This can be in a someone working in a caring/supporting capacity within health and social care services (eg nurse working on an older adult ward/ care home manager in a community setting /third sector employee/allied health professional) or in a personal capacity (eg supporting a person living with dementia at home). 

In order to study this course, you will need to meet the educational requirements for a masters’ level course. This means that you will have attained at least a 2:1 at degree level and have a good level of English (that is, IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent). Recognition of accredited prior learning will also be considered for those wishing to undertake this course (please contact the course leader). 

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2024 - July 2025 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £10250

  • Full-time International:  £16000 

  • Part-time UK:  £1140 per 20 credits

August 2025 - July 2026 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.


Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.

The MSc Dementia has been co-produced by people living with dementia, carers, health and social care professionals, and people from the third sector (eg Alzheimer’s Society).

It has also incorporated recent government frameworks in order to ensure that students completing this course are able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and aptitude required for working with people living with dementia and their carers in a variety of settings.   

The MSc Dementia will be useful for those seeking future roles within management (as a masters’ level degree is often a requirement for leadership positions within organisations such as the NHS) or research (as this course may provide opportunities for progression onto postgraduate research degrees such as MPhil/PhD).