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Interdisciplinary Online Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia

Key Facts

Course Code: DPCNM-DEME-1O09

Duration: One Year

Next Intake: September annually

Closing date for applications: 30 June

Location: Online

Fees: Further information on course fees can be found at Academic Registry.



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.

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

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

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Documentation required to complete application

  • Two academic or one academic and one professional reference
  • 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


"Although presented in a unique educational medium, the online PG Certificate in Dementia that I studied last year was certainly an interesting and very enriching experience which motivated me to continue on and take up PG Diploma this year.  I would highly recommend this course to other healthcare professionals and to my colleagues too as I have learned a lot from it. This course has impacted my current dementia care practice. It has expanded my knowledge base and understanding of dementia and my skills have enhanced in delivering quality care for patients and their families within the acute care setting. The contents and materials used were outstanding and well delivered in a systematic manner.  The lectures were easy to follow and there was a depth of information provided to us in each session/topic week after week. We also had an opportunity to engage interactively with other participants and lecturers that enriched our online learning environment."

Online Student


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 (Academic version) and IELTS Indicator : Grade 6.5 overall with a minimum of grade of 6 in each category

TOEFL and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based

  • TOEFL: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based
  • University of Cambridge: 
    Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2) 
    Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2) 
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 to be eligible (with no section score below 59)
  • Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 110/160, dated since January 2020
  • An award certificate with a minimum II.1 overall score from Trinity's Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching's Pre-Master's Pathway Programme. The Pre-Master’s Pathway Programme is an academic English course for international students with conditional offers for postgraduate study at Trinity. Passing the programme means you meet Trinity’s English language requirement and can progress to your postgraduate course without retaking IELTS or any other exam. 

The Pre-Master’s Pathway Programme is an academic English course for international students with conditional offers for postgraduate study at Trinity. Passing the programme means you meet Trinity’s English language requirement and can progress to your postgraduate course without retaking IELTS or any other exam. Please click here for Pre-Masters pathway programme

Please also note that existing IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge and PET scores up to three years old (rather than two) will be accepted for 2021/22 applications in light of test centre closures.

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

An applicant whose first language is not English but who has taken a degree through the medium of English may be eligible. However some courses may request applicants to present an English Language qualification under certain circumstances.