MA Dementia Studies @sheffielduni @JaneMcKeown1 @shefsnm

MA Dementia Studies
Full-time (NURT65) and Part-time (NURT66)
September 2015
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Developing your dementia intelligence Leadership in dementia care, dementia research or supporting people with dementia in the community 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 de-mentia 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
 Caregiving perspectives
 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 Dementia and Identity module our partners may offer placements to eligible students.

How to Apply:
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Or search online for ‘University of Sheffield’ and ‘MA Dementia Studies’

Fees and Funding:
If you work with the NHS in Yorkshire and the Humber or East Midlands, you may be eligible for funding for this course. Please see our website for more details: www/

Programme structure:
The MA Dementia Studies part-time programme (NURT66) begins in September 2015 and con-cludes in July 2017. Dates for the study days (one day a week during academic semesters) are available on the MA Dementia Studies webpage—see bottom of this page. The programme con-sists of 8 compulsory modules (see below) plus a Research Dissertation or an alternative clinically-facing module, Critical Development of Clinical Practice. The full-time programme (NURT65) be-gins in September 2015 and concludes in September 2016.

 Theorising Dementia within the UK Policy Context
Leads: Berni Murphy and David Reid
 Inclusive of People with Dementia:
Involvement and Impact
Lead: Dr Jane McKeown
 Understanding communication in
Lead: Professor Ray Wilkinson
 Psychosocial approaches to the care and support people with dementia
Lead: Dr Jane McKeown
 Caring for people with dementia at the end of their lives
Lead: Dr Tony Ryan
 Dementia and Identity
Lead: Berni Murphy
 Effective safeguarding for people with dementia
Lead: Berni Murphy
 Evidence-based Practice
Lead: David Reid

Information for applicants

Applicants will have a first degree or accrued 120 credits at level six (degree level); or be able to demonstrate their ability to study at this level. Students may register for the programme or for single modules. Though it is anticipated that many applicants will already have clinical experience of caring for or supporting people with dementia this is not a requirement for registration.

To discuss your application further please contact:
David Reid, MA Dementia Studies, Programme Lead.
Telephone: 0114 222 2060

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