MSc Dementia Studies (Online)

Draw from our unrivalled expertise in dementia and expand your knowledge with our flexible online Masters degree in Dementia Studies.

Dementia Studies (Online)

Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September 2021, January 2022, September 2022, January 2023
  • Duration MSc part-time: 36 months
  • Mode of study Online, Part-time, Stand-alone modules

With the number of people living with dementia across the world expected to double in the next 20 years, this innovative e-learning course has been developed to provide you with an in-depth, research-based knowledge of dementia and approaches to supporting people with dementia. It’s designed for professionals already working in the field and carers/volunteers who are supporting people with dementia. Our online course can be studied from anywhere in the world.  

The course is run by a team of academic experts whose research has helped to shape dementia care policy worldwide. You’ll learn about the latest theories, innovations and best practice in supporting people with dementia  – as well as gaining an overview of policy drivers and initiatives, and a grounding in academic and research skills. Our course also benefits from an advisory group of people with dementia, who support course development.

During your studies, you’ll become part of an international online community of fellow students and academics committed to improving dementia practice and the experience of people living with dementia. With a student and alumni group that to date encompasses students from Europe, Asia, North America, the Middle East and Africa, and from professions spanning health, care, architecture and law, you will engage with a diverse range of professionals who are committed to improving the experiences of people living with dementia across varied regional contexts.

The course encourages collaborative, interdisciplinary and critical learning. It’s dedicated to creating leaders of change in dementia practice.

Top reasons to study with us

Course objectives

The course has been developed to provide you with an in-depth, research-based knowledge of dementia. This includes theory, innovation and best practice, policy drivers and initiatives, and a grounding in academic and research skills. You will: 

  • develop an advanced understanding of multidisciplinary perspectives about dementia and approaches to supporting people with dementia
  • address critical issues in dementia practice and service delivery
  • encourage improved collaboration across areas of practice
  • compare and contrast national and international research
  • identify and debate current practice developments
  • develop critical thinking to promote reflective practice
  • develop knowledge and skills of social research processes

Flexible learning

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

Research overview

Our Dementia Studies (Online) course is delivered by expert staff from the Faculty of Social Sciences. 80 percent of the Faculty’s research was classed as world leading or internationally excellent during the last UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). Our team of experts advise governments and academic institutions in the UK, Europe, China and Australia on dementia-related issues, and provide training and consultancy for the private, voluntary and statutory sectors.

The University of Stirling is home to the Dementia Services Development Centre – an international centre of knowledge and expertise dedicated to improving the lives of people with dementia.

What our students said

Claudia Salgado
Claudia Salgado
MSc Dementia Studies
The Masters degree only helped me realise how much more there is to know and discover. Through technology, great professors and tutors, group discussions and challenging assignments, I was able to discover a whole new world of knowledge.
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Anupama Gadicherla
Anupama Gadicherla
MSc Dementia Studies
Stirling had the best-designed course, covering compelling subjects that I knew would help increase my knowledge.
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Graeme Hendry
Graeme Hendry
MSc Dementia Studies
The Dementia Studies course at Stirling – with its world-renowned reputation, great facilities and location – was perfect for me. It allowed me to keep my day job, while gaining the knowledge I required to be able to converse with other professionals involved in care for older people, and to gain a fuller understanding of what life is like for people living with dementia.
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