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The Psychology of Dementia Care – Distance Learning (PG Cert)

University of St Andrews
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Online / Distance
St Andrews
September 2023
Application deadline: 10 August 2023

About this program

The Psychology of Dementia Care – distance learning (PG Cert)

The Postgraduate Certificate in The Psychology of Dementia Care focuses on the practical application of psychological theory in dementia care and is intended for professional care staff and management who provide services to people with dementia.

Admission requirements

  • The School will accept one of the following as appropriate entry qualifications:

  • A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline.
  • Accredited prior learning: a professional qualification in social work, nursing, occupational therapy or similar.

The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

English language proficiency

If English is not your first language, you may need to provide an English language test score to evidence your English language ability.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Compulsory Modules

  • The Psychosocial Impact of Dementia
  • The Care of Individuals with Dementia
  • Implementing Effective Care

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

The course is delivered online via Moodle, the University's online teaching and learning system.

Students will engage with independent study in a supportive online framework and have access to lecture slides, case studies, journal articles, videos and a student forum to facilitate your studies.


For more information about duration, please contact the university.

Continuing studies

Some graduates go on to pursue further education through taught postgraduate courses in Psychology or a PhD research degree.

Career paths

Graduates from the distance learning programme entered or continued their work in a variety of occupations, including:

  • clinical services development manager
  • community care officer
  • deputy nurse manager
  • occupational therapist
  • podiatrist
  • speech and language therapist
  • senior social worker.

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University of St Andrews

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University of St Andrews

St Katharine's West
KY16 9AX St Andrews

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