Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia Studies

About University of Stirling

The University of Stirling was established in 1967 and is recognised across the globe for excellence in teaching, research and offering a world-class student experience. Its postgraduate dementia studies programme was first proposed in 1999 and was the first of its kind internationally. As the longest-running provider of dementia studies education, it has an international reputation for quality teaching and an international, multidisciplinary community of students and academics committed to improving dementia practice.

 Accolades of University of Stirling:

  • Ranked 47th in the Times University Guide 2020
  • In 2019, won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.
  • Awarded five stars in areas of teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, and inclusiveness (The QS World University Rankings).
  • 100% of Psychology Impact case studies classed as world-leading (Research Excellence Framework, 2014).

Why should you choose this course at CSM Academy International?


The University of Stirling is the longest-running provider of postgraduate qualifications in Dementia Studies where students learn from an experienced group of world-leading academics, with reliable and established research records. Plus real sector experience and a wealth of world-class publications who will support you both personally and academically.

Via the online learning platform, you will join an international, multidisciplinary community of students and academics passionate about positive changes in Dementia and practice. 

This course delivery in Singapore provides additional facilities for reflective studies in a private nursing home, and this nursing home is Dementia friendly, the staff are Dementia trained and has a rehabilitation department that contributes mainly to the activities for the elderly to slow down the progression of Dementia.

As the course is offered part-time via blended learning, you can take this course concurrently with your current work and personal commitments. 

The University of Stirling is home to the internationally renowned Dementia Services Development Centre which shares contemporary ideas and practices with governments and other academic institutions.

Course Objectives

The course provides you with an in-depth, research-based knowledge of Dementia. It includes theory, innovative and best practices, 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 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

PG Cert in Dementia Studies: 3 modules out of the nine modules in the MSc

Course Duration

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

This course duration is 12 months comprising of 3 modules whereby you can exit the program after three modules and be awarded a PG Cert.

Course Commencement

*September every year

· A minimum of 20 students for the commencement of the class

· Students will be informed two weeks before the start of the class

Delivery Mode

University of Stirling Lecturers will fly into Singapore to provide face to face intensive lectures at the beginning of each level of studies. The delivery mode will support reflective practices in an authentic learning environment at the Charis Manor, a dementia-friendly Nursing Home, as well as online learning on the University of Stirling’s established e-learning platform.

Assessment Methodology

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

Graduation Requirements and Awards

To graduate, a student must complete and pass:

  • Nine modules for MSc
  • Six modules for PG Dip
  • Three modules for PG Cert

Upon completion, students will be awarded by the University of Stirling.

Career Opportunities

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

For professionals already working in the field and carers/volunteers who are supporting people with dementia care, this innovative course has developed to provide you with an in-depth, research-based knowledge of Dementia and approaches to dementia care. 

It will impart the transferable skills that enable you to give your expertise to colleagues and other students, transfer awareness, implement action in the community, and provide training to family members and carers.

Course Module & Synopsis

Dementia and the environment (A) 

This module created was 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 higher 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 various ways in understanding Dementia 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. 

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 skills 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 essential reading and writing and enhance their ability to synthesise, reference and cite literature adequately. 

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 academic practice. 

Entry Requirement

Minimum Bachelor degree or equivalent. Preferably in a relevant subject.

Applicants without formal qualifications but with significant appropriate, relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.


For students whose first language is not English, a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 and above (6.0 in speaking and listening, 6.5 in reading and writing).

Application Fee (Non-Refundable and non-transferable)

Local students: S$300.00 (before GST)

Course Fee:

S$2,850 per module (before GST)

PG Cert S$8,550

PG Dip S$17,100

MSc S$25,650

Above fees are before GST.

Insurance Fees

Fee Protection Scheme***: Subject to prevailing market rate 

Medical Insurance Fee****: Subject to prevailing market rate 

***The Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) serves to protect students’ paid fees. 

****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: – Payment of fees is in Singapore Dollars


– Payment of fees is in Singapore Dollars

– Payment method only by Cheque/ Nets/ Telegraphic Transfer/ PayNow

Miscellaneous Fees

Please ask for a copy of our Programme Executives or Recruitment Agents.

This nationally accredited programme is under the Clinical Research Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) framework. Upon completion of the programme, students will be awarded the WSQ Statement of Attainments (SOAs) and WSQ Qualifications under the Clinical Research WSQ framework.

SkillsFuture Credit information: 

    1. You can submit your SkillsFuture claim 60 days before commencement of the programme, or the start of the course (w.e.f 21 April 2017). According to SkillsFuture SG, this window period is sufficient for individuals to make claims to facilitate earlier programme registration.
    2. Please inform the Programme Consultant on the usage of SkillsFuture Credit and advise the appropriate amount to be offset against the qualifying programme fees.
    3. You can then submit the claim via the SkillsFuture Credit Portal for the appropriate amount to be paid to CSM Academy International for your registered programme.

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Following documents are to be submitted as well:

  • Passport / Birth Cert / NRIC
  • Parchment and transcripts of your Bachelor’s Degree
  • English Language Competency Certificates Digital Passport-sized photograph
  • Application Fee
  • Resume/CV

*Please bring along all original documents