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The Salford Institute for Dementia

Dementia Education

At Salford University, education in relation to dementia is delivered around four key areas:

  • Pre-qualifying health and social care professionals programme provision
  • Masters level study
  • Continuing professional development
  • Dementia Friendly University.

In addition, other schools within the University offer dementia content usually specific to their programme focus or students can access the dementia friends sessions.

Pre-qualifying Health and Social Care professionals programmes


Dementia education is delivered as a theme across the whole duration of our BSc and MA pre-registration nursing programmes. The Higher Education England standards for dementia education in pre-registration nursing inform this provision. A small team of registered nurse academics from mental health and adult health nursing work together to develop, facilitate and monitor the development of this aspect of education for mental health, adult and children and young people’s nursing.

School of Environment and Life Science

Session on biological nature of dementia and therapeutic strategies at Level 4 (diploma), Level 5 (degree) and Level 7 (masters).

Masters level dementia programme

The master’s level study is available for:

  • A post graduate certificate - two modules; Developing Dementia Awareness (DDA) and Enabling Environments (EE),
  • Post graduate diploma - Four modules; DDA, EE, optional (research related), life engagement (LE),
  • Full master’s degree (DDA, EE, LE optional, plus dissertation).

There is opportunity for APEL and APL (accreditation of prior (experiential) learning) for entry to the programme (for those without traditional academic entry requirements), or credits for modules.

MSc Dementia: Care and the Enabling Environment - More Information

Continuing Professional Development

The continuing professional development modules have been developed as part of the POSaDEM (positive about dementia) project with partners; University of Maastricht, Netherlands: University of Carinthia, Austria: University of Dublin, Ireland: University of Bournemouth, UK: Saaima University of Applied Sciences, Finland.  The modules developed have been funded and supported by the lifelong learning programme of the European Union.  They are available via Salford Professional Development (SPD). These are all available online only, and are designed to offer the opportunity for manageable, affordable non-credit bearing educational provision.  They are not accredited themselves but completion of six stand-alone half modules can potentially be used for credits on our master’s degree.  

Dementia Friendly University

Several staff have undertaken the Alzheimer’s society Dementia Friends Champion training and therefore can deliver Dementia Friends sessions.  Our rolling programme of Dementia Friends sessions offers all students and staff the opportunity to become Dementia Friends. We endeavour to do this both across the university for students and staff of any academic background, but also in the local community.