MSc in Science

Why choose Dementia Studies ?

The social and economic impact of dementia in Singapore and throughout the world is increasing year-on-year with our ageing population. Caring for people with dementia costs the healthcare system in Singapore around 1.4 billion dollars each year, making it among the biggest challenges for the healthcare system here. The increasing numbers of people living with dementia in Singapore underscores the need for high quality education and training for our health and social care workers to ensure that families with dementia receive the care they need. The changes in population will also lead to increase research and employment opportunities in dementia care.

This course will enhance your employability within the broad field of dementia care enabling you to move to more specialized and promoted posts within health and social care settings.

Also, this course encourages collaborative, interdisciplinary, critical and reflective learning and seeks to produce leaders of change in the dementia field.

For professionals already working in the field and carers/volunteers who are supporting people with dementia care, this innovative course has been developed to provide you with an in-depth, research based knowledge of dementia and approaches to dementia care. You will gain the transferable skills that enable you to impart your knowledge to colleagues and other students, transfer awareness and implement action in the community and provide training to family members and carers.

MSc in Dementia Studies (Part Time) by University of Stirling

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For professionals already working in the field and carers/volunteers who are supporting people with dementia care, this innovative course has been developed to provide you with an in-depth, research-based knowledge of dementia and approaches to dementia care. You will gain the transferable skills that enable you to impart your knowledge to colleagues and other students, transfer awareness and implement action in the community and provide training to family members and carers.

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Course Learning Objectives

The course has been developed to provide you with an in-depth, research-based knowledge of dementia. This includes theory, innovation and best practice, policy drivers and initiatives, and a grounding in academic and research skills. You will:

  • develop an advanced understanding of multidisciplinary perspectives about dementia and approaches to dementia care;
  • address critical issues in dementia care and service delivery;
  • encourage improved collaboration across areas of care;
  • compare and contrast national and international research;
  • identify and debate current practice developments;
  • develop critical thinking to promote reflective practice;
  • develop knowledge and skills of social research processes.

Course Structure 

There are a total of 3 modules.

  • MSc in Dementia Studies: 9 modules
  • PG Dip in Dementia Studies: 6 modules
  • PG Cert in Dementia Studies: 3 modules

Course Duration:

Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia Studies (PG Cert): 12 months (Part Time)

Postgraduate Diploma in Dementia Studies (PG Dip): 24 months (Part Time)

Master of Science in Dementia Studies (MSc): 36 months (Part Time)

Course Module and Synopsis

Dementia and the environment (A)

This module forms part of the first year of the postgraduate programme in dementia studies. This module has been created in response to a rapidly growing interest in the social and physical environments inhabited by people with dementia and their significance for living well. Recent years have witnessed a dramatic restructuring of health and social care, including a steady shift away from institutional forms of care for people with dementia and towards greater levels of care provided in the person with dementia’s own home. Such changes have important implications for anyone working in the field of dementia care. Topics for discussion in the module include ageing and the environment, the importance of place in person-centred care, architecture and design, home and housing, interior and exterior design and the role of outdoor space in supporting people living with dementia. We will also discuss assistive technology in dementia care and the ethical issues surrounding the use of technology.

Critical and creative approaches to dementia (B)

This module provides a foundation for the course as a whole and has a focus on two interlocking themes. We begin by exploring different critical perspectives on dementia and their underlying theoretical context. We consider the different ways in which dementia has been understood and approached in fields such as medicine, psychology and the social sciences and examine the implications for dementia care policy and practice. Students are encouraged to make links to their own professional or caring situation and to consider how these different approaches to dementia might further inform their work and the relationships they develop with people living with dementia. In the second part of the module we turn to consider the role of creativity and the arts in dementia care. The aim here is to demonstrate and explore the diverse ways in which the arts have become embedded in dementia care and the opportunities they offer for supporting and working with people living with dementia.

Critical and reflecting thinking in dementia studies (C)

This module runs across the first year of the postgraduate programme in dementia studies.  The aim is to introduce students to critical and reflective thinking in dementia studies.  Students will be able to develop skills in critical reading and writing and enhance their abiltity to effectively synthesise, reference and cite literature. They will be encouraged to use these academic practice skills to reflect critically on creative approaches to dementia. The online learning community will for this module, as others, be a source for students to discuss ideas, draw on others’ experiences and reflect on their own academic practice.

You will be conferred by University of Stirling and be awarded for PostGraduate Certificate in Dementia Studies (A to C)

Living with dementia (D)

This module looks at the experiences of people with dementia, their carers and families, through the lifespan of the condition from diagnosis to end of life care and death. The module focuses on the lived experiences of people with dementia and draws on the increasing amount of research literature that engages directly with people with dementia and their carers. Through this module learners will also be encouraged to reflect on the policy frameworks shaping dementia care and how care is considered in relation to people with different types of dementia, such as people with learning disabilities and dementia, people with alcohol-related dementia and those with other specific conditions.

Enhancing dementia practice (E)

This module forms part of the second year of the postgraduate programme in dementia studies.  The module aims to contextualise current dementia practice and to unpack the underlying theories and mechanisms that support good practice in dementia care. The first half of the module considers the frameworks that influence practice, considering legislation and policy as well as ethical and practice guidelines. These sections look at legislative frameworks that govern how care and support are provided for people with dementia and their families in the UK and other countries, alongside global approaches to ethical practice encompassing human rights approaches and consideration of risk and advocacy.  There follows a short reflection on the dementia workforce, considering who is taking care of people with dementia and what gaps and needs there are in their knowledge and skills. This is important context for the second half of the module which considers how practice is enhanced and developed through the acquisition and use of new knowledge and evidence and the subsequent sharing of this through transfer and learning.  Towards the end of the module you will be encouraged to consider how you might support change in your organisation – through training and through the introduction of new approaches and ideas.

Understanding and evaluating evidence in dementia studies (F)

This module forms part of the second year of the postgraduate programme in dementia studies.  The module provides students with skills and knowledge that will enable them to effectively evaluate a range of evidence from research and practice and to then utilise this evidence to build a strong knowledge base and improve practice within their workplace.  The module focuses on four keys themes: evaluating the research evidence; understanding statistical evidence; promoting participatory practice and research; and utilising skills in social media to develop practice and knowledge networks. 

You will be conferred by University of Stirling and be awarded for PostGraduate Diploma in Dementia Studies (A to F)

Researching quality of life and dementia: Approaches and methods (G)

This module focuses on the different methodologies and methods used to research quality of life with dementia. Broad methodological approaches to understanding and investigating the concept of quality of life are linked to wider theoretical frameworks for understanding dementia. The module explores how different ways of conceptualising quality of life with dementia impact on the particular ways in which social researchers design their methodological approach, choose particular methods and engage people with dementia.

Researching dementia (H)

This module introduces students to the third year of postgraduate study and provides a foundation for conducting dementia care research. The module introduces theories related to dementia research methodology, methods and analysis, and discusses how such theory can be conceptualised within different models of dementia care research. Examining opportunities for research at different scales, and with reference to the roles of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies in dementia care research, this module will also encourage students to think about how research impact in dementia care can be planned for and achieved. The module overall will help prepare students for further masters level study.

Developing a dementia research proposal (I)

This module asks students to write a proposal for a research project in the field on dementia care.  The module will guide students in identifying a suitable topic, developing research questions and adopting appropriate data collection and analysis methods.  After completing the module, students will be further equipped with the research skills necessary to conduct research as part of their professional practice.  

You will be conferred by University of Stirling and be awarded for Master of Science in Dementia Studies (A to I)

Delivery Mode

The above part-time course entails 9 modules and can be completed in 3 years. All lectures and tutorials are taught 100%by the University professors who fly in to conduct the classes.
University of Stirling faculty staff will fly into Singapore to provide face-to-face intensive lectures at the beginning of each level of studies. Students will then join an international group of students for online tutorial and exchanges via the university’s own online education platform. Academic Learning will be undertaken through a combination of individual study, face-to-face and interactive online sessions.

Course Commencement

September every year

  • A minimum of 20 students for the commencement of the class
  • Students will be informed 2 weeks before the commence of the class

Assessment Methodology

There are no examinations, all modules are graded through a range of assessments such as essays, evaluation reports, research proposals and literature work..

Graduation Requirements and Awards

To graduate, student must complete and pass the respective modules and you will be conferred by University of Stirling and be awarded for:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia Studies (A to C)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Dementia Studies (A to F)
  • Master of Science in Dementia Studies (A to I)

Career Opportunities

This course is for experienced professionals from all relevant disciplines and enables you to study while continuing to work in your existing post. Some of our graduates have moved to specialised posts, while others have secured a promotion, undertaken further research or become involved in training.

  • Advance your career prospects by growing your expertise in the area of health and social care
  • Fit your studies around your current job commitments
  • Put everything you’re learning straight to work in a professional setting.

This affordable MSc in Singapore is one of its kind and is sure to give you a head-start to a successful career in the healthcare settings!


(‘CSM Academy is given an In-principle Approval to commence the course. Accreditation will be granted when the course meets all accreditation standards and criteria of the Singapore Nursing Board.’)

University of Stirling ranked as one of the top 150 most international universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University rankings 2016). Our global reputation for excellence in teaching and research, allows us to deliver degrees that are recognised across the world by employers. A truly international institution, we have a dynamic community of staff and students from more than 120 countries.

Some of its more notable accolades include:

  1. Awarded 5 stars for teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities and inclusiveness (QS World University Rankings 2020);
  2. Almost three quarters of research submissions were judged as world leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014);
  3. One of the world’s top 400 universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020);
  4. Social Science – Top 250 in the World (Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject 2020)

Entry Requirement:

  1. A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, preferably in the relevant subject;
  2. Applicants should work in a related field or have personal experience of caring for people with dementia.
  3. For students whose first language is not English, a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (6.0 in speaking and listening, 6.5 in reading and writing) or equivalence is required

English Requirement

  • For students whose first language is not English, an IELTS score of 6.5 with no lower than 6.0 in any category (or equivalent test)

Application Fee (Non-Refundable and non-transferrable)

Local students: S$300 (before GST)*

*Local student refers to Singaporeans/PRs/Employment Pass/Dependant pass holders

Course Fee

S$2,850 per module
PG Cert S$8,550
PG Dip S$17,100
MSc S$25,650
*Above fees are before GST

Insurance Fees

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****It is compulsory for all local and international students to purchase medical insurance which is valid throughout their course of studies with the CSM Academy International. Local students (Singaporeans, PRs & Non-student’s Pass holders) may opt-out for this scheme if they can provide the proof of adequate medical insurance coverage in Singapore.

Note:

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For professionals already working in the field and carers/volunteers who are supporting people with dementia care, this innovative course has been developed to provide you with an in-depth, research-based knowledge of dementia and approaches to dementia care. You will gain the transferable skills that enable you to impart your knowledge to colleagues and other students, transfer awareness and implement action in the community and provide training to family members and carers

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