Dementia, Space and Place

This module explores the role of design and the environment in supporting and caring for people living with dementia.

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Key facts

  • Module codeDEMU9C2
  • Start date 23 Sep 2024
  • Application deadline9 Sep 2024
  • Duration12 weeks
  • Time commitment200 hours per semester
  • Credit value SCQF 20
  • SCQF level Level 10
  • Fees £675
  • Mode of study part time
  • Delivery online


In this module, students are supported to critically explore environmental issues and consider their implications for dementia care practice. The module has been created in response to a rapidly growing interest in the social and physical environments inhabited by people living with dementia. Importantly, research shows that the environment can both undermine and constrain, but equally can enable and support the person with dementia. The environment can and does play an active role in supporting people to live well with dementia and in the efforts of practitioners to achieve their therapeutic goals in working with the person with dementia. This module will explore the relationship between dementia care and the diverse places and spaces in which it is provided, from hospitals and care homes to domestic settings and outdoor and public spaces.

The module pays attention to both theory and practice-related issues. Topics for discussion in the module include ageing and the environment, the importance of place in person-centred care practice in dementia, architecture and design, technology, home and housing, interior and exterior design for dementia and the policy prominent notion of the ‘dementia friendly community’.

Entrance requirements

This pathway is intended for applicants who do not already have a first degree. We require some work-based experience in dementia care.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS Academic or UKVI 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-skill.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 overall with a minimum of 59 in each sub-skill.
  • IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing.

See our information on English language requirements for more details on the language tests we accept and options to waive these requirements.


The module aims and objectives are:
  • to examine and explore different theories and perspectives on dementia, ageing, place and space
  • to examine the evidence base on dementia and the environment and its implications for policy and practice
  • to critically reflect on your own practice in light of the knowledge and insights gained through this module
  • to gain direct experience in environmental auditing and other place-based skills to enhance dementia practice

Structure and content

  1. Placing dementia.
  2. Architecture and design (part 1).
  3. Architecture and design (part 2).
  4. At home with dementia.
  5. Assistive technologies.
  6. Dementia enabling communities.

Delivery and assessment

This online course is organised around participation in three discussion boards, supported by a module workbook and recommended reading each week. There is a final summative assignment that carries 100% of the grade for the module.

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On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of the evidence base concerning dementia and the environment and of the emerging themes and debates within this field.
  2. Acquire and apply knowledge of the different theories and paradigms that shape an understanding of dementia and the environment.
  3. Apply knowledge of specific environmental and technological approaches and interventions in the field of dementia care and be able to demonstrate their significance to their own practice.

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