Distance learning is not easy and fitting it in around work was a challenge, but the day I put my mortar board on and graduated with my cohort will rate as one of the most important days of my career and a really proud moment. I couldn’t have done it without the support of my course tutors and their encouragement.
Learning and assessment
This distance learning part-time programme is delivered through digitally enhanced learning and teaching methods, including real time tutorials, inter-professional discussion groups, practice-based exercises, directed and self-directed study.
Learning materials consist of:
An interactive study guide for each module
- Online supplementary resources including podcasts, videos and readings
- Online real-time tutorials
- Online discussion groups and opportunity for networking with peers
- A study planner for each module including key dates and timeline for completing the module activities
The interactive study guide provides:
- An overview explaining the aims of the module
- The learning outcomes students are expected to achieve
- Guidance for the on-line exercises
- Details of assignments
- Details of readings
Each module will include a: i) formative assessment (i.e. tutor feedback on written work in progress); this work is not graded and you are able to make changes your tutor recommends before you submit your final assignments; ii) summative assessment (i.e. final); this will be by means of one or two pieces of work for each module which are graded and count towards your final mark for the award. There will be a variety of types of assessment that include case studies, written reports on practice-based work and critical reflections on evidence.
Frequently asked questions
What can I do with a qualification in Dementia Studies?
A Dementia Studies award may be a good career development move for you if you are already working in the dementia field and wish to specialise in this area of practice. Expectations are increasing about the quality of care people with dementia should receive. This means that there will be many opportunities for you to progress in your career having studied successfully at this advanced level. Many of our students receive promotions or are successful in applying for new posts. The postgraduate programmes in Dementia Studies do not, however, lead to a professional qualification or registration.
What if I am still studying?
If you are still enrolled on another undergraduate or postgraduate course when you apply and do not yet have your final grades, we may be able to make you a conditional offer based on marks to date or predicted grades. It is important to be aware that this offer will only be confirmed if your final marks meet our entry criteria.
Do I need to be working with people who have dementia?
It is vital that you meet the practice requirement of having regular, direct, ongoing contact with people with dementia. This may be in the context of paid employment or a voluntary placement, and needs to be for a minimum of two hours a week for the duration of your studies. It is important to be aware that by direct contact we mean sustained, one-to-one interaction with people who have dementia, not merely being in an environment where dementia care or services are provided.
You will not be able to complete the coursework assignments without this kind of personal contact with people who have dementia, and it must already be in place when you start the course. By accepting your place on the course you are confirming that this contact requirement will be met.
How will you decide whether to offer me a place?
There is no interview process. The decision will be made on the basis of your application form, which can be completed online. It is important that you complete the application as fully as possible, ensuring that you use the full word count for the personal statement which asks about your previous experience and reasons for wanting to study on the programme.
We will use your personal statement to make a decision about your writing ability as well as your motivation to study. The form may be returned to you by the Admissions team without being passed to the programme leader if it is not completed in sufficient detail. We may contact you by email or phone to discuss aspects of your application.
Do I need to come to the University in order to study?
Induction and enrolment are completed online. There is no attendance at the University for this programme.
Can I choose which dementia-related subjects I study?
The programme combines core modules taken by all students with option modules which you may choose in order to follow up an area of special interest.
In Year 1 all students study the same compulsory modules, Critical Perspectives on Dementia: a rights based approach and Advanced Evidence Appraisal and Synthesis. In year 2 all students take one more compulsory module (in semester 2), Advancing Practice: skills and research methods. You will have a choice of option modules in the first half of the second year (semester 1). Option modules currently include: Enhanced Communication Methods, Post-diagnostic Support Pathways for People with Dementia or Art and Activities in Dementia Care.
If you undertake the full three-year Master's programme, you will complete a dissertation in the final year under individual supervision from a member of the course team. This involves either evaluating a service relevant to your own work role or area of professional interest, or engaging in some original research. You can therefore choose the subject area you wish to pursue. In each module you will have the opportunity to develop and follow up areas of specialist personal interest related to dementia studies.
How long will it take me to get an award?
The course is part-time, but still involves a time commitment of at least 15 hours a week during the academic year (September to June). A Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia Care can be completed in one academic year, a Postgraduate Diploma in two years, and the full MSc Advanced Dementia Studies takes three years to complete.
Can I study at my own pace?
The course is designed to be as flexible as possible. For example, you can start by completing a single 30-credit module between September and February as a ‘taster’, if you wish to do, so before deciding whether to continue in the following academic year.
It is not possible to spread the study period for any module over a whole academic year. Extensions of time for submitting assignments are, however, available if there is evidence that you need more time, e.g. own or family illness, bereavement, personal problems or change of employment. If you need to take a break from study for similar reasons which are ongoing for a longer period, this can be arranged. You may not, however, take more than five years in total to complete any award in Dementia Studies.
Our comprehensive support services will help you to achieve your full potential – both academically and personally.
We provide all you need to make the very best of your time with us, and successfully progress through your studies and on into the world of graduate employment.
Our support services include:
- Personal tutors
- Disability services
- Counselling services
- MyBradford student support centres
- The Students’ Union
- Chaplaincy and faith advisers
- An on-campus nursery
- Halls wardens
We have well-stocked libraries and excellent IT facilities across campus. These facilities are open 24 hours a day during term time, meaning you’ll always find a place to get things done on campus.
Our Academic Skills Advice Service will work with you to develop your academic, interpersonal and transferable skills.
The University of Bradford has been providing accredited programmes in Dementia Studies since 2001, and has a long history of cutting-edge research related to person-centred dementia care and innovative methodologies for researching and developing practice in health and social care for people with dementia.
All teaching on the programme is research-informed and delivered by an academic team who are actively involved in relevant fields of dementia research. Members of the course team have completed research projects and studies using film, music, photography, narrative, conversation analysis and other participatory methods to enhance understanding of the experience of dementia.