Dementia Distance Learning Modules

Accredited modules

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We offer three ways in which you can enhance your ability to influence positive change in dementia. All are via University of Worcester accredited distance learning. Details are set out below, in our brochure, and also in this video:

Course overview introduced by Emeritus Professor Dawn Brooker MBE, former Director of the Association for Dementia Studies

The Course Lead Dr Chris Russell also talks you through some of the key points in this short video - Link to video

Option 1: The Postgraduate Certificate in Person-Centred Dementia Studies


We offer a range of modules which can be combined to gain a 60-credit Postgraduate Certificate in Person-Centred Dementia Studies.

You can find out more information about our modules, the Postgraduate Certificate, fees, how to apply and a lot more by looking here - Postgraduate Certificate - Person-Centred Dementia Studies (Fully distance learning) 

See below to find out what our students say about the modules.

Option 2: The Postgraduate Award in Professional Development: Expert Practice in delivering person-centred dementia care 

PG Award

This 30-credit double module can be studied as part of our Postgraduate Certificate, but is a Postgraduate Award in its own right.

You can find out more information about this module, the Postgraduate Award, fees, how to apply and a lot more by looking here - Postgraduate Award in Professional Development: Expert Practice in Delivering Person Centred Dementia Care 

Option 3: Study individual modules

All modules can also be taken on an individual and standalone basis. They may also be eligible for recognition of prior learning at other universities. The course content will reflect the requirements of the Dementia Training Standards Framework and will meet all of the Tier 3 leadership learning outcomes. 

  • MDEM4001 Person-Centred Leadership: The VIPS Approach
  • MDEM4003 Expert Practice in Delivering Person-Centred Dementia Care
  • MDEM4004 Supporting People Living with Advanced Dementia
  • MDEM4005 Enabling Environments for People Living with Dementia
  • MDEM4006 Engagement and Empowerment in Dementia Studies
  • MDEM4007 Dementia in the Family Context

You can find out more information about all of these modules, fees, how to apply for a module on a standalone basis, and a lot more by looking at the Postgraduate Certificate page

How we involve experts by experience

In our education we use a combination of new content created specifically for the courses and existing video and podcast content from a variety of different organisations such as these. We also aim to capture a range of perspectives in our new content, including academics and researchers from other universities, professionals, and experts by experience covering both family carers and people living with dementia. The following short video shows some examples of how experts by experience are included in our education delivery, not just on our Postgraduate modules, but also across our wider courses - Link to video

What do our students say?

"I absolutely love it and rave about it at work and to friends... I can't devour enough of the resources and wish there were more hours in the day!"

“(studying on the course)… has challenged my perceptions and enabled me to reflect on my experiences and skills. My learning has been especially valuable in providing opportunities to consider how it can be applied in my practice to influence positive change.”     

“For me, this module has helped expand the framework for person centred care. It has really provided an insight to an element that is key to unlocking task orientated care and really embedding change. It highlights the changes needed in practise and the thinking required if we are going to move dementia care forward to where it should be. I love that this module really does put the person living with dementia at the heart of it and their voice is coming through loud and clear.”

“The module has supported learning in a systematic way.  The weekly activities and reading provide a logical structure and have consolidated my understanding as I have progressed…  We have been provided support that guides our thinking and it’s been helpful to have questions to consider as part of our reflections. Although the course is online, there are opportunities to meet with others in online tutorials,  and to contribute to online discussions where we can learn from others.”

You can also hear from some of our students about their experience of studying with us:

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If you would like to discuss your options or talk to someone about any of the modules, please get in touch at


 Previous information about our distance learning courses:

  • Webinar - 23 June 2020

"Are these postgraduate dementia studies courses for you?recording of the webinar

  • Blog - 26 June 2020

Understanding our distance learning offer - blog