Our interdisciplinary MSc in Dementia course provides healthcare professionals with the skills to expertly care for a person with dementia from diagnosis to end-of-life. We advocate a biopsychosocial approach in this course, meaning that we look at the body, mind and environment and consider how they are all connected. Our course content reflects this approach. The topics on this course include dementia presentations and assessments; restorative and adaptive cognitive and non-cognitive interventions; a strong focus on communication, ethical approaches and care planning; translation of evidence to clinical practice; and reflection on legislative, policy and societal influences on dementia care across health and social care settings.
This programme can be studied full-time or part-time. A range of optional modules allows a student to tailor their learning to their own setting and role and includes an optional clinical placement module. Optional independent study modules provide for skill-development opportunities, allowing a student to undertake an in-depth literature review, a supervised audit, service evaluation or a quality improvement project, or to develop a business case or implementation plan. At all times the emphasis is on the critical appraisal of research evidence, and knowledge of current policy and societal influences, and how these translate into the best possible care for the person with dementia in real-world settings.
Why Choose This Course
As the population ages and dementia becomes very common, almost all Healthcare Professionals will care for people with dementia in their everyday work, and will therefore require need up-to-date dementia knowledge and skills.
This is the only dementia course to offer extensive optional modules to tailor your learning, including an optional placement module (CG6017) to experience dementia care in a range of settings, enhancing your appreciation of other service models and disciplines.
The unique optional independent study modules (CG6007 or CG6011) allow you to perform an in-depth review of a topic within or outside the course curriculum, or to plan and implement a quality improvement project, audit or service evaluation.
The research dissertation module (CG6018) is similarly highly flexible - you are supported to develop a research idea relevant to your interests and work setting, and carefully matched with experienced supervisors (usually two per student from complementary disciplines) based on your project. Many students present their research at national and international conferences and publish it in academic journals.
The course lecturers and facilitators are clinicians and academics from several disciplines, and all are experts in dementia. The course coordinator, Professor Suzanne Timmons, is the Clinical Lead for the HSE National Dementia Office and is a highly experienced clinician, researcher, and policy influencer.
Our learning approach reflects our commitment to the Connected Curriculum where we emphasise the connection between students, learning, research and leadership through our vision for a Connected University. Our staff are at the forefront of this integrative approach to learning and will support you in making meaningful connections within and between topics such as medicine, healthcare, science, leadership, and management.
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