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Dementia Studies

BSc (Hons)
Entry: Direct entry
Duration: 2 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Health Studies
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The BSc (Hons) in Dementia Studies is a two year distance learning programme designed to enhance understanding and application of evidence to improve care for people living with dementia and their families.

It is ideally suited to people who want to facilitate practice based change or undertake a specialist role in dementia care.

This course is intended for UK and international students who are;

  • Health and social care professionals who want to gain a specific qualification in dementia
  • Volunteers who have contact with people with dementia

Why Bradford?

The University of Bradford has been providing accredited programmes in Dementia Studies since 2001, and has a long history of cutting-edge research related to person-centred dementia care and innovative methodologies for researching and developing practice in health and social care for people with dementia. We are the only academic School of Dementia Studies in the world to offer a BSc in Dementia Studies.

All teaching on the programme is research-informed and delivered by an academic team who are actively involved in relevant fields of dementia research.  Members of the course team have completed research projects and studies using film, music, photography, narrative, conversation analysis and other participatory methods to enhance understanding of the experience of dementia.

Our flexible approach allows you to combine study with work and home life. Our online courses are designed to be directly applicable to the workplace and to help you develop your own and your colleagues' practice.

We use a variety of virtual learning environments so that students can interact with the course tutors and fellow students.

For each module you are provided with a module study guide produced by the course team. It contains exercises, activities and links to audio and visual materials. To enhance the learning experience you are asked to contribute to on-line discussion groups and take part in real time tutorials.


Entry requirements

This programme is suitable for anyone working in a setting that provides care or support to people with dementia in a paid or voluntary capacity, and who hold a professional qualification and/or can provide evidence of having studied at level 5 (National Qualifications Framework), for example DipHE / HND / Foundation degree / NVQ level 4, or equivalent.

You must also have access to a computer with an internet connection and be prepared to spend on average 15 hours a week on your studies.

English language requirements:

Applicants whose first language is not English should have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.



The modules studied are all worth 30 Credits. Each Semester students will complete one module. The academic year runs from late September to early June, and there are two semesters each academic year.

6 Approaches to Dementia 30 Core
6 People with dementia and their families; communication and inclusion 30 Option
6 Dementia Training Skills and Approaches 30 Option
6 Planning for Practice Change 30 Core
6 Practice Project 30 Option
6 Evidence Based Dementia Training Project 30 Option

Learning activities and assessment

Approaches to Dementia

Year 1, Semester 1 module (30 credits)

This module will provide students with a critical awareness of the key concepts underlying dementia care. Learners will acquire knowledge of what constitutes excellence in dementia care that promotes wellbeing for people with dementia and their families. Students will also establish a critical appreciation of the importance of professional development, personal learning and reflection non the role of a dementia practitioner.

People with Dementia and their Families

Year 1, Semester 2 module (30 credits)

This module will enable students to critique theories underpinning participation and use involvement in relation to people with dementia and their families. Emphasis is placed on the participation of people with dementia and their families in plans and decisions that affect them, the impact that dementia can have upon communication, and relationships within families and between client, family and services.

Planning for Practice Change

Year 2, Semester 1 module (30 credits)

This module will introduce students to the key concepts and principles that underpin practice development and organisational change. The module requires learners to identify an area for practice change through consultation with stakeholders and to develop an evidence-based plan to affect change.

Practice Project

Year 2, Semester 2 module (30 credits)

In this module students will implement and evaluate a practice change initiative. The module builds on learning acquired during Planning for Practice Change. Students will identify and critically appraise a variety of evaluation methods, implement a practice change initiative, analyse the impact of their project and make practice recommendations based on their findings.


There are no clinical placements on this course, but students will already be working in a dementia care setting.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

100% of our 2015 graduates in Dementia Studies found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

The average starting salary for 2014 graduates was £28,000

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 Dementia Studies BSc graduates was £47,200.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £2,310 per 30 credits
  • International: £14,250 per year

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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How to apply

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Please note, we are currently experiencing a high volume of applications for this course. If you are having problems with your application, please contact 01274 236593.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.