Dementia: Care and the Enabling Environment
MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Part-time study available
Alternative start dates available
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Dementia: Care and the Enabling Environment at Salford

1.

Enhanced flexibility of study through online tuition. Engage in learning  at times convenient to yourself through online lectures and learning activities, whilst  benefiting from weekly, interactive online lectures and seminars with tutors and fellow students

2.

Learn to make a positive difference to the experience of living with people touched by dementia

3.

Benefit from a multi-disciplinary course including care and design including being taught by credible dementia care and design educators, researchers, registered professionals, people with dementia and activists

Course Summary

This course will equip you with the knowledge to develop enabling and life engagement focussed services and interventions for people living with dementia, and their carers.

The course is inter-disciplinary, exploring different approaches to enhancing life engagement for people who have dementia and their carers. The course is not limited to a health and social care perspective. The design focus looks at ways in which the environment (buildings, urban spaces, transport) can be designed or modified to provide meaningful activity and support for people with dementia and their carers.

This pioneering course has strong links with the Institute for Dementia at the University of Salford, an international centre of excellence in research, education and innovation. You will enjoy opportunities for involvement with the Institute, supporting your learning and future career progression.

Dementia friendly

Course Details

Full-time

  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules over eight months (120 credits); January and September registration
  • Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over one year (180 credits); January and September registration

Part-time

  • Postgraduate Certificate: two modules over nine months (60 credits); September or January registration
  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules over two years (120 credits); September or January registration
  • Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over three years (180 credits); September or January registration

Course Structure

Full-time study option (e.g. Sept registration):            

Year 1, Semester 1            

This module provides a multidisciplinary understanding of the inter-relationship between ageing, dementia, and the environment, and the theoretical models that underpin this. It provides an evaluation of the facets of an enabling environment that contribute to living well with dementia through assisted and independent living by challenging current theories, policies, design approaches and solutions.                                    
This module reviews and develops knowledge and best practice to enhance the support of relationships with, and meaningful activities for, people living with dementia. It also assists you to develop plans for enhancing life engagement throughout the experience of living with dementia.                                    

Year 1, Semester 2            

This module examines the evidence based developments, and the opportunities for inter-disciplinary collaboration to enhance the experience of living well with dementia.                                    
This module enables you to develop a rigorous approach to the process of research, and prepares you to complete a dissertation / research project or systematic literature review.                                    

Year 1, Semester 3            

The dissertation module gives you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth, evidence based exploration of a key area relevant to your own professional practice and is needed to graduate with a full Masters.                                    

Part-time study option (e.g. Sept registration):            

Year 1, Semester 1 (one core module)            

This module provides a multidisciplinary understanding of the inter-relationship between ageing, dementia, and the environment, and the theoretical models that underpin this. It provides an evaluation of the facets of an enabling environment that contribute to living well with dementia through assisted and independent living by challenging current theories, policies, design approaches and solutions.                                    

Year 1, Semester 2            

This module examines the evidence based developments, and the opportunities for inter-disciplinary collaboration to enhance the experience of living well with dementia.                                    

Year 2, Semester 1            

This module reviews and develops knowledge and best practice to enhance the support of relationships with, and meaningful activities for, people living with dementia. It also assists you to develop plans for enhancing life engagement throughout the experience of living with dementia.                                    

Year 2, Semester 2            

This module enables you to develop a rigorous approach to the process of research, and prepares you to complete a dissertation / research project or systematic literature review.                                    

Year 3            

The dissertation module gives you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth, evidence based exploration of a key area relevant to your own professional practice and is needed to graduate with a full Masters.                                    

Part-time study option (Jan registration):            

Year 1, Semester 1            

This module examines the evidence based developments, and the opportunities for inter-disciplinary collaboration to enhance the experience of living well with dementia.                                    

Year 1, Semester 2            

This module provides a multidisciplinary understanding of the inter-relationship between ageing, dementia, and the environment, and the theoretical models that underpin this. It provides an evaluation of the facets of an enabling environment that contribute to living well with dementia through assisted and independent living by challenging current theories, policies, design approaches and solutions.                                    

Year 2, Semester 1            

This module enables you to develop a rigorous approach to the process of research, and prepares you to complete a dissertation / research project or systematic literature review.                                    

Year 2, Semester 2            

This module reviews and develops knowledge and best practice to enhance the support of relationships with, and meaningful activities for, people living with dementia. It also assists you to develop plans for enhancing life engagement throughout the experience of living with dementia.                                    

Year 3            

The dissertation module gives you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth, evidence based exploration of a key area relevant to your own professional practice and is needed to graduate with a full Masters.

Entry Requirements

You need an undergraduate degree with a minimum classification of 2.2, or an equivalent qualification. You will also be considered if you have relevant experience.

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal / traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully. The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you make your work and experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto the course.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Suitable For

The course is suitable for professionals and practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds whose current role or future role relate to these areas.

Students are likely to have an interest or work in areas such as:

  • health and social care
  • design-built environment, product, urban planning
  • estates
  • housing
  • prisons
  • leisure services
  • transport services
  • hospitality

Teaching

The course employs a range of online teaching and learning strategies aimed at providing a framework of knowledge through which academic skills and expertise will be developed. The strategies will capitalise on the interdisciplinary expertise of the teaching team, and will include:

  • Online lectures (pre-recorded and real time) to provide a core knowledge base
  • Online individual tutorials and online group seminars to support the process of becoming an independent and reflective learner
  • Case studies to provide opportunity for development on analytical and problem solving skills
  • Scenarios to provide opportunity to explore, relate, and discuss practice-based situations
  • Discussions via online discussion boards

Assessment

All coursework has a dementia focus and comprises of:

  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Design critiques
  • Independent research to develop investigative skills

Postgraduate Staff Profile

The course is delivered by a core team of dynamic and supportive staff, who are committed to helping you move dementia practice forward both within the context of care, and of design.

Natalie Yates-Bolton is a registered general nurse whose areas of teaching include dementia friendly environments, human rights and dementia, and emotional intelligence and dementia.

Elizabeth Collier is a mental health nurse whose academic interests include contemporary recovery concepts, mental health promotion, evidence based practice, mental health and ill health in later life, long term mental ill health and dementia

Rita Newton is an environmental gerontologist focusing on housing and residential care, outdoor environments, public buildings and transport as a means of supporting older people to be independent, healthy and active.

Marcus Ormerod is a chartered surveyor whose expertise is in the area of accessibility, disability, and inclusive design. See www.surface.salford.ac.uk

Tracy Collins is an occupational therapist whose academic interests relate to ageing, gerontology, sociology and loneliness in later life.

Employability

Career Prospects

There is a current focus nationally and internationally on enhancing life engagement, support and environments for people living with dementia.

The course is suitable for professionals and practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds whose current role or future role relate to these areas.

The course has strong links with the Salford University Institute for Dementia, which works together with local, regional, national and international partners to make a positive difference to living with dementia. Students on the course will be able to interact with the Institute, thereby enhancing opportunities for learning, and for career progression.

Alumni Profile

Links with Industry

The course has strong links with the Salford University Institute for Dementia, which works together with local, regional, national and international partners to make a positive difference to living with dementia. Students on the course will be able to interact with the Institute, thereby enhancing opportunities for learning, and for career progression.

Further Study

Upon completion of the MSc, graduates would be eligible to apply for a research degree, either a PhD or a Professional Doctorate, both of which can be studied either part-time or full-time.

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£7,700
Part-time£2,750 (year 1)
Full-time International£13,300
Full-time PgDipHome/EU: £5,500, international: £8,870

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section.

NHS Funding
Funding for this course may be available for eligible staff within the NHS. To find out more please see the NHS CPD Apply system.

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.