Developing your dementia intelligence MA in Dementia Studies (part time)
Leadership in dementia care, dementia research or supporting people with dementia in the com-munity requires an expert grounding in key theoretical, policy and research-based knowledge and interventions.
In the new landscape of integrated provision, it also benefits learning from others who are pursuing similar aims, sharing ideas and passion for the subject, looking at things together from unfamiliar perspectives, to innovate and excel. It also demands learning from the experiences of people with dementia and their supporters, encouraging a critical approach, to constantly ask: what does it mean to people affected by dementia? What difference does this really make? There is a current and increasing need for practitioners and researchers who are equipped with critical dementia knowledge to engage fully in what is a major national and international social challenge.
Our multi-disciplinary MA in Dementia Studies is designed to help you to achieve your aspirations and support your development in dementia care practice or research. It is delivered collaboratively by staff in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the departments of Sociological Studies and Human Communication Sciences.
As a result, the programme brings together expertise in dementia care theory, practice, research, and in social work, sociology and communication impairment in an innovative and unique blend of education provision. All modules on the course are delivered ‘face-to-face’ because we believe dementia care education is more effective this way.
There is a relationship-centred approach to dementia across the programme (Nolan et al, 2002; Ryan et al, 2008), and four cross-cutting themes embedded in all modules. These are:
Temporal perspectives on dementia
Ethnicity and dementia
The international context
The active involvement of people with dementia and their supporters is an established principle of dementia education at the University of Sheffield. Across our MA Dementia Studies programme this is facilitated through partnerships with AgeUK Sheffield, Alzheimer’s Society Sheffield, Darnall Dementia Group and Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support. In practice these partnerships help us to support people with dementia and their supporters to contribute to our teaching sessions and advise us on programme development and progress.
In the second year module Dementia and Identity, our partners may offer placements to eligible students.