Postgraduate study

Dementia: International Experience, Policy & Practice (Online Distance Learning)

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Part-time Intermittent Study

Online learning

Funding available

This MSc aims to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence of those looking to become future leaders in dementia research, policy and practice.

By exploring the latest thinking in dementia from across the social sciences, the programme supports students to develop innovative, as well as practical, approaches to the global challenges of dementia in the 21st century.

Our flexible MSc is delivered part-time, facilitating students to combine learning with work and other commitments. All courses are delivered online, using the latest developments in e-learning. This enables students from across the world to study and share experiences, which brings a unique and truly international dimension to the programme.

You are expected to engage regularly in online activities facilitated by course tutors and fellow students; for example, in virtual classrooms, online discussion boards, via email and on messaging boards.

Our methods of assessment are diverse, enabling students to demonstrate their learning in critical thinking as well as practice-based application. Our current assessment methods include case study analyses, essay writing, reflexive accounts and a final, research-based dissertation of 15,000 words.

You will be supported throughout your studies by a dedicated Personal Tutor, who is selected on the basis of your expertise and areas of interest.

Throughout the MSc, you will be supported to:

  • develop a critical understanding of how dementia is viewed, in both majority as well as minority-world countries;
  • explore the lived experience of dementia, and how lived experience can help to reshape policy and practice;
  • develop your leadership skills and your ability to advance positive change within organisations and communities; and
  • conduct applied research into an aspect of dementia experience, policy or practice.

This programme is ideally suited to those keen to further a career in the field of dementia practice, policy or research and meets the competencies outlined in the 'Expertise in Dementia Practice Level' as articulated by the Scottish Government Promoting Excellence Framework.

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent in a relevant discipline (e.g. nursing, psychology, sociology, social work, community development or the allied health professions)
  • Experience of working with people with dementia

Applicants with strong professional experience, but lower qualifications, may be considered subject to evidence of academic ability and at the discretion of the Programme Director.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

Find out more about our language requirements:

  • The School of Health in Social Science
  • Medical School (Doorway 6)
  • Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

You must submit a reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • The School of Health in Social Science
  • Medical School (Doorway 6)
  • Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG