Health and Wellbeing of People with Dementia

Dementia is a global priority with over 30 countries in Europe, and over 70 countries worldwide, having adopted national dementia strategies or plans.  This module reflects on the changing face of dementia care and provides the underpinning knowledge and evidence-base from which to deliver twenty-first century dementia health and social care in a range of contexts.

Content includes:

  • Global epidemiology of dementia.
  • International dementia strategies and plans.
  • Approaches to dementia care in marginalised populations: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), intellectual disability, black and minority ethnic, indigenous communities, early onset (under 65).
  • Women and dementia.
  • Pharmacological and therapeutic interventions at different stages of dementia.
  • Risk and resilience in dementia care.
  • Hearing the voice of people with dementia and families- international experiences.

The module can be completed as a single credit based module. Alternatively, it may be used as credit towards the MSc in Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing. Click here for the MSc in Global Issues in Gerontology and Ageing course website and flyer.

Study method: Online only, Part-time

  • Module code NURP012
  • Start date 15 January 2018
  • Application deadline 03 December
  • Duration 15 weeks
  • Credit value SCQF 11 20
  • Fees £512
  • Overseas Fees £1,516
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Entrance Requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject.  Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant relevant work/life experience are encouraged to contact the Course Director to discuss further before making an application.

Experience of supporting older people in a health, social care, social work or third sector/Non-Governmental Organisation is recommended.

Please note: this course is entirely online. Students from overseas opting to study online do not need to apply for a Tier 4 visa. 

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: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component.
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20.

For more information go to English Language Requirements.

If you don't meet the required score and are UK based, you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses.  To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.  View our range of pre-sessional courses.


A flexible payment scheme is operated by the University to support students who are self-funding.


On completion of the module, students are expected to:

  • Draw on an international evidence base to demonstrate advanced understanding of research in dementia care from a range of perspectives.
  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of the impact of dementia within different populations.
  • Demonstrate skills in critically reviewing dementia care practice within an international policy context.
  • Recognise the global challenges presented at different stages of dementia and identify person- and relationship-centred responses and interventions. 

Delivery and Assessment

The module is delivered entirely online.  We anticipate that some students may be working in posts that require on-call or shift working (day/nights), or may be in different time zones.  To enhance the student experience and maximise online participation, this module will be delivered flexibly.  Online teaching sessions, pre-recorded material, interaction on social media and asynchronous discussion boards will complement real time module engagement.


  1. Online class presentation using PowerPoint.
  2. 3000 word essay.

Module Co-ordinator(s)

Karen Watchman

Application deadline Sun, 03 Dec 2017 23:00:00 GMT


This course equips students with the knowledge and skills that they can utilise within their professional practice and workplace, including health, social care and third sectors/NGO.  Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of health and social care needs of older people and solutions to enhance care.  They will also have the opportunity to gain a range of transferrable skills relevant to their professional careers.




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