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Interdisciplinary Online Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia

The aim of the Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia is to facilitate students to develop a comprehensive academic and evidence-based approach to their practice, to critically explore and critique dementia care service provision. The design is such that it will promote collaboration between disciplines of nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, social work and other professionals working with persons living with dementia and their families/significant others.

Graduates of this course, in applying their learning, will be enabled to promote and develop excellence in dementia care in their practice setting thus ensuring that people with dementia live a dignified and meaningful life.

Key Facts

Award: P.Grad.Cert. in Dementia

Course Code:DPCNM-DEME-1O09

Duration: One year

Next Intake: September

Closing date for applications: 31 July


Annual tuition fees are €3,300 for EU students

Annual tuition fees are €6,600 for non-EU students

There are mandatory charges payable in addition to the tution fee

How to apply

Apply online now

International Students

The Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia is available to international students

Dr. Michael Brennan, Course Co-ordinator, T: +353 1 8963950

Ms. Sarah Guerin, Executive Officer, T: +353 1 896 3021

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P.Grad.Cert. in Dementia Flyer

Structure & Delivery

The course is delivered exclusively online over the course of one academic year. As an online student, each week a new session will be available for you to study through our online learning environment, Blackboard. The course materials will be delivered in a variety of formats, for example, podcasts discussion forums and blogs. This creates a media rich environment within which the student can engage in learning activities in a flexible manner.

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia course (without compensation) are eligible to continue on to study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Dementia or a M.Sc. in Dementia from Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin within five years of completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia.

Course Content

NU7802 Ways of Understanding Dementia and Dementia Care (10 ECTS)

This module was developed in recognition that to become leaders in the field, there is a need for inter-disciplinary health and social care professionals to possess a robust understanding of the nature and context of dementia and dementia care in contemporary practice. The module explores the related concepts using a variety of theoretical, philosophical and practice frameworks, so as to assist students to strengthen and improve their understanding of the knowledge and core skills necessary to support the person with dementia.

NU7803 Critical Issues in Assessment and Care Planning (10 ECTS)

This module was developed to enable students to understand the nature, complexity and components of dementia assessment, diagnosis and care planning. The principles underpinning the assessment and management of care for persons with dementia will be explored using a range of theoretical perspectives, to enable students from a variety of disciplines to strengthen and improve their practice.

NU7804 Enhancing the Experience of Living with Dementia (10 ECTS)

This module was developed to enable students to appreciate the complexity of living with dementia from a variety of perspectives. The module draws from a comprehensive evidence-based knowledge base that will enhance the students’ sensitivity to the subjective experience of living with dementia. Central to the module is an exploration of the experience of dementia from the unique viewpoint of the person who lives with dementia as well as their significant others. The module will also enable students to acquire knowledge of a range of interventions that can be used to support active living and social connectedness for people living with dementia. Experts in the fields of nursing, medicine, psychology and social policy contributed to the design and delivery of the module. In addition professionals working in design and technology will also discuss their work in the area of enabling and dementia friendly environments.

Students who successfully complete the online Postgraduate Certificate without compensation are eligible for direct entry to the M.Sc./P.Grad.Dip. in Dementia within a five year period of successfully completing this course.

Entry Requirement

The criteria for admission are that the candidate must:
  • a minimum of one year’s professional experience in supporting persons with dementia within the past two years;
  • for the duration of the course all applicants are required to be working in an area where dementia care is delivered;
  • normally hold an honours degree in a relevant discipline (candidates with relevant, and significant, experience as professional practitioners in the field of dementia care may be considered with a lower class degree or equivalent);
  • otherwise satisfy the selection panel that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course;
  • nurses or midwives undertaking this course while based in Ireland, must be currently registered on the appropriate division of the live register held by The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

Documentation required to complete application

  • Two Academic references
  • Copies of academic transcripts from completed educational courses
  • Copies of official awards (parchment) from completed educational courses

Nurse applicants working in Ireland are required to provide a letter of support from their Director of Nursing


All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:

Minimum Level Required
IELTS Grade 6.5
TOEFL 230 computer-based 570 paper-based 88 internet-based
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English Grade C
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade C
Pearson Test of English PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 (with no section score below 59)

Please note that test scores are only valid for two years.

For further details on these English Language Proficiency Tests, please contact the appropriate organisation directly.

Note: The details outlined in this page are subject to change. The School of Nursing and Midwifery reserve the right to amend the contents of pages to reflect any curriculum and course management changes. The University of Dublin, Trinity College is not bound by errors in or omissions from this course information document.

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Last updated 21 September 2015 (Email).