Key Facts

Course Code: DPTNM-DEME-1F09

Duration: 1 year FT or 2 years PT

Next Intake: September annually

Closing date for applications: 30 June

Location: 24 D'Olier Street

International Students: Due to visa restrictions, Non-EU students are only eligible to apply for the 1 year full-time MSc programme.

Fees: Further information on course fees can be found at Academic Registry.

Overview

The Masters programme in Dementia is open to a wide range of professionals who have experience in delivering a dementia care approach within practice in the last two years. Interdisciplinary input to the design, development and delivery of this programme stems from a variety of dementia experts. Students on this programme will come from a variety of backgrounds including for example: nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, social work, physiotherapy, chaplaincy and other disciplines.

Year One

Commences with a full week in September and thereafter one day per week for the remainder of the academic year.

Year Two

Attendance at workshops throughout the academic year

A blended learning approach is utilised in the delivery of theoretical content which includes lectures, group discussions and self-directed learning. The assessment process is a combination of written and practical assignments. At the end of Year Two, M.Sc. students are required to submit a dissertation on a subject related to their field of study.

Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia (Online)

  • NU7812 Ways of Understanding Dementia and Dementia Care (10)
  • NU7813 Critical Issues in Assessment and Care Planning (10)
  • NU7814 Enhancing the experience of Living with Dementia (10)

Postgraduate Diploma in Dementia
Year One

  • NU7812 Ways of Understanding Dementia and Dementia Care (10) (Online)
  • NU7813 Critical Issues in Assessment and Care Planning (10) (Online)
  • NU7814 Enhancing the experience of Living with Dementia (10) (Online)
  • NU7807 Fundamentals of Palliative and End of Life Care (10)
  • NU7013 Theory and Practice of Enquiry Methods for Health Care (10)

and a choice between one of the two following modules:

  • NU7005 Ethics and Law in Health and Social Care (10) or
  • NU7806 Clinical Practice Module (10)

Master in Science in Dementia

Candidates may apply to study on a full-time basis and take all modules in one year. Should the candidate choose NU7806 Clinical Practice module however, the M.Sc. course must be taken over two years, part-time.

Year One

  • NU7812 Ways of Understanding Dementia and Dementia Care (10) (Online)
  • NU7813 Critical Issues in Assessment and Care Planning (10) (Online)
  • NU7814 Enhancing the experience of Living with Dementia (10) (Online)
  • NU7807 Fundamentals of Palliative and End of Life Care (10)
  • NU7013 Theory and Practice of Enquiry Methods for Health Care (10)

and one of the following

  • NU7005 Ethics and Law in Health and Social Care (10) or
  • NU7806 Clinical Practice Module (10)

Year Two

NU8007 Dissertation (30)

The criteria for admission are that the candidate must:

  • A minimum of one year’s professional experience in supporting persons with dementia within the past two years
  • Possess a 2.1 degree in the applicant’s field of practice or satisfy the selection committee that they have the academic ability to successfully complete the programme.
  • For the duration of the course all applicants are required to be engaged in an area relevant to dementia care
  • Current registration as a nurse on the live register of the country in which residency is held.

International Students

The MSc in Dementia is available to International students who do not work in Ireland. International students must take the Ethics and Law module instead of the Clinical Practice module. For further information, International students should refer to Master in Science (Dementia) brochure

P.Grad.Cert. in Dementia (blended)

Candidates who have successfully completed the P.Grad.Cert. in Specialist Practice (Dementia) at the University of Dublin Trinity College without compensation will be eligible to re-enter the M.Sc./P/Grad. in Dementia.

  • 1 academic and 1 professional reference from the employer or work practice area. Each reference should confirm the potential and suitability of the applicant to undertake the course
  • Copies of academic transcripts from completed educational courses
  • Copies of official awards (parchment) from completed educational courses
  • A letter of support from your Director of Nursing
  • A letter of support from your employer

Students who wish to undertake the P.Grad.Certificate consisting of three specialist modules, each of 10 ECTS credits, totalling 30 ECTS credits, should apply directly for the Online Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia, course code DPCNM-DEME-1O09

Students who successfully complete the Online Postgraduate Certificate may opt to be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate (P.Grad.Cert) or may progress further on the Postgraduate Diploma (P.Grad.Dip.) and Master (M.Sc.) Dementia programme.

Otherwise, students who wish to apply for the M.Sc. or P.Grad.Dip programme apply directly for the M.Sc. in Dementia. Upon successful completion of six modules, each of 10 ECTS credits, totalling 60 ECTS credits, students may opt to be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (P.Grad.Dip.) or may progress further on the Master (M.Sc.) programme.

Students who are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma may progress to undertake a M.Sc. within five years of first entering the Certificate or Diploma.

All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:

IELTS (Academic version) and IELTS Indicator : Grade 6.5 overall with a minimum of grade of 6 in each category

TOEFL and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based

  • TOEFL: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based
  • University of Cambridge: 
    Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2) 
    Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2) 
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 to be eligible (with no section score below 59)
  • Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 110/160, dated since January 2020
  • An award certificate with a minimum II.1 overall score from Trinity's Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching's Pre-Masters pathway programme. The Pre-Master’s Pathway Programme is an academic English course for international students with conditional offers for postgraduate study at Trinity. Passing the programme means you meet Trinity’s English language requirement and can progress to your postgraduate course without retaking IELTS or any other exam. 

The Pre-Master’s Pathway Programme is an academic English course for international students with conditional offers for postgraduate study at Trinity. Passing the programme means you meet Trinity’s English language requirement and can progress to your postgraduate course without retaking IELTS or any other exam. Please click here for Pre-Masters pathway programme

Please also note that existing IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge and PET scores up to three years old (rather than two) will be accepted for 2021/22 applications in light of test centre closures.

For further details on these English Language Proficiency Tests, please contact the appropriate organisation directly.

An applicant whose first language is not English but who has taken a degree through the medium of English may be eligible. However some courses may request applicants to present an English Language qualification under certain circumstances.