This three year distance learning programme is designed for professional and other interested individuals working with or caring for older adults with mental health issues. This course is designed, and operationalised, utilising the skill and experience of an interprofessional / interagency curriculum team.

This award represents a commitment to the advancement of Older Peoples Mental Health Services. The shift in culture towards choice, person centeredness and mental health promotion are identified as key components in curricula development (DH 2004b) and the commitment to increasing the understanding of Dementia is paramount in this award (DH 2009). Caring for older people, “….needs to be recognised for its high value to the patients, and the distinct skill set required to lead its provision.” (Francis 2013).

These fundamental principles and key policy drivers (DH 2008, DH 2013) serve to underpin positive practice and are therefore an important component of this award. Achievement of these attributes are linked to the core modules of the award and are reflected in the educational aims and learning outcomes.

Study Details:

MSc/PGDip/PGCert 2 years Distance Learning

Module Details:

Year 1 ( PG Certificate) 

Safeguarding Adults (this 30 credit module runs across 2 Terms) 
The Ageing Individual 
Dementia Care: Diagnosis, Intervention and the Person

Year 2 (PG Diploma) 
‘In our shoes: Learning from The Experiences of Users and Carers in Mental Health Services for Older People 
Research Methods and Methodology 
Public Health Principles and Practice

Year 3 (MSc) 
15,000 – 20,000 word Dissertation (60 Credits) 
Or Project Based Change (60 Credits)

These modules can be studied as individual modules or as part of a distinct stage of the whole programme.

You will expect to complete the MSc between three and five years, however you may also choose to exit this course with one of the three awards, each stage being worth 60 credits of study.

Student Destinations

Many graduates are already employed in health and social care environments or seek and gain employment in those areas having completed this award. This award doesn’t entitle students to any professional registration with any professional bodies.


Home and EU students: £34 per credit

Entry Requirements

You must have a first degree with honours or equivalent. IELTS 7.0 or recognised equivalent.  Relevant clinical or health and social care experience if no first degree is held.

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