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Masters in Science / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia (an interdisciplinary course)

Key Facts

Course Code: DPTNM-DEME-1F09

Duration: 1 year FT or 2 years PT

Next Intake: September annually

Closing date for applications: 30th June

Location: 24 D'Olier Street

International Students: Dementia

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


The Masters programme in Dementia 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 programme stems from a variety of dementia experts. Students on this programme will come from a variety of backgrounds including for example: nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, social work, physiotherapy, chaplaincy and other disciplines.

Structure & Delivery

Year One

Commences with a full week in September and thereafter one day per week for the remainder of the academic year.

Year Two

Attendance at workshops throughout the academic year

A blended learning approach is utilised in the delivery of theoretical content which includes lectures, group discussions and self-directed learning. The assessment process is a combination of written and practical assignments. At the end of Year Two, M.Sc. students are required to submit a dissertation on a subject related to their field of study. It is the student’s responsibility to secure all their teaching hours prior to commencing the course: applicants are required to confirm their teaching arrangements in writing with their application.

Course Content

Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia (Online)

Postgraduate Diploma in Dementia
Year One

and a choice between one of the two following modules:

Master in Science in Dementia

Candidates may apply to study on a full-time basis and take all modules in one year. Should the candidate choose NU7806 Clinical Practice module however, the M.Sc. course must be taken over two years, part-time.

Year One

and one of the following

Year Two

NU8007 Dissertation (30)

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 engaged in an area relevant to dementia care
  • 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)
  • Current registration as a nurse on the live register of the country in which residency is held.

International Students

The MSc in Dementia is available to International students who do not work in Ireland. International students must take the Ethics and Law module instead of the Clinical Practice module. For further information, International students should refer to the Dementia (International) information.

P.Grad.Cert. in Dementia (blended)

Candidates who have successfully completed the P.Grad.Cert. in Specialist Practice (Dementia) at the University of Dublin Trinity College without compensation will be eligible to re-enter the M.Sc./P/Grad. in Dementia.

Documentation required to complete application

  • 1 academic and 1 professional reference from the employer or work practice area. Each reference should confirm the potential and suitability of the applicant to undertake the course
  • Copies of academic transcripts from completed educational courses
  • Copies of official awards (parchment) from completed educational courses
  • A letter of support from your Director of Nursing

Flexibility in Progression from P.Grad.Cert. and P.Grad.Dip. to M.Sc.

Students who wish to undertake the P.Grad.Certificate consisting of three specialist modules, each of 10 ECTS credits, totalling 30 ECTS credits, should apply directly for the Online Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia, course code DPCNM-DEME-1O09

Students who successfully complete the Online Postgraduate Certificate may opt to be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate (P.Grad.Cert) or may progress further on the Postgraduate Diploma (P.Grad.Dip.) and Master (M.Sc.) Dementia programme.

Otherwise, students who wish to apply for the M.Sc. or P.Grad.Dip programme apply directly for the M.Sc. in Dementia. Upon successful completion of six modules, each of 10 ECTS credits, totalling 60 ECTS credits, students may opt to be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (P.Grad.Dip.) or may progress further on the Master (M.Sc.) programme.

Students who are eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma may progress to undertake a M.Sc. within five years of first entering the Certificate or Diploma.


All applicants to the School of Nursing and Midwifery whose first language is not English or 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 overall with a minimum of grade of 6.5 in each category
  • TOEFL: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based. The test taken here should be TOEFL IBT
  • 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)
  • An award certificate with a minimum II.1 overall score from Trinity's Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching's Pre-sessional Pathway Programme

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.