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New Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia (Online)
(an interdisciplinary course)

Key Facts

Key Points

Award: P.Grad.Cert. in Dementia

Course Code: DPCNM-DEME-1O09

Duration: One year

Next Intake: September 2015

Applications: Apply online

Closing date for applications: to be confirmed

Tuition Fees: P.Grad. Cert.: EU: €3,300, non EU €6,600.

(see additional charges below)


The online Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia course is open to a wide range of professionals who have experience in delivering a dementia care approach within practice in the last two years. Interdisciplinary input to the design, development and delivery of this course stems from a variety of dementia experts.

Students on this course will come from a variety of backgrounds including for example: nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, social work, physiotherapy, chaplaincy and other disciplines.

For the duration of the course, students will be employed in an area where the principles of dementia care are applied in caring for individuals with dementia and their families / significant others. Upon successful completion of this three specialist dementia module course, students will obtain a Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia ( Dementia).

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 The University of Dublin Trinity College within five years of completing the P.Grad. Cert. in Dementia course.

The learning outcomes have been developed in accordance with the NQAI and IUQB frameworks at level 9. The three dementia specialist modules are also taken as part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Dementia course which satisfies the educational requirements of the CNS framework and which has Category 2 approval from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.


The overall aim of the course is to strengthen and develop the knowledge, skills, competencies and attitudes of the students, thus enabling them to fulfil their highest potential in the personal, professional and practice arena of dementia care.

It is anticipated that 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.

This course also aims to make a valuable contribution to the development of dementia care knowledge, research and practice. 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.

Duration and Course Structure

The course takes place over 1 academic year and is delivered online. The first module is due to be available to registered students in September 2015.

It is expected that the online delivery will be between September to December 2015 and January 2016 and March 2016.

Start date

September 2015


This is a fully online course from The University of Dublin, Trinity College


The criteria for admission are that the candidate must:

1. have a minimum of one year’s professional experience in supporting persons with dementia within the past two years;
2. be working in an area where dementia care is delivered for the duration of the course;
3. normally hold an honours degree in a relevant discipline; or otherwise satisfy the selection panel that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course.

Note, this course is open to a wide range of professionals.

Nurses working in Ireland undertaking this course must have current registration on the appropriate division of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland live register.

Note, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland is the regulatory body for the nursing and midwifery professions in Ireland. Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland is mandatory in order to practice as a Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife in Ireland. One of the entry requirements of this course is that the nurse applicants must be currently registration on the appropriate division of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland live register. Please visit the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland website for information on registering as a nurse or midwife in Ireland.

International Students
The Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia is available to international students.
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

How to apply

The application system is now open.

Apply online

Closing date and late applications

Check this wepage in early 2015 for further details.

Always check these pages for current information on the application process. Please contact course personnel to register your interest.


English Language Requirements

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:

  • IELTS: Grade 6.5
  • TOEFL: 88 - iBT, 230 - Computer based, 570 - paper based
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - 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.

Course Content

See brief summary of each of the three specialist dementia modules

Course Fees

2014 annual tuition fees were €3,300 for EU students and €6,600 for non-EU students.

The following mandatory charges are payable in addition to the tution fee:

Application fee of €35

Student Union of Ireland levy €8

Sports Centre charge €90

Commencement fee €114

The total amount payment is €3,512 for EU students and €6,812 for non-EU students.

Course Contacts

Dr. Michael Brennan, Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer, Tel +353 1 896 3950, email



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 5 January 2015 (Email).