Some of our postgraduate taught courses and research programmes in biology, medicine and health include teaching and projects on a wide range of dementia-related topics.
Our research-focused Neuroscience MSc offers the opportunity to get actively involved in two neuroscience research projects.
Neuroscience research at Manchester is rather diverse, spanning the molecular processes of neuroinflammation, neurodegenerative disease, the neuronal clocks responsible for the circadian rhythms, and theoretical and experimental study of how networks of neurons implement brain functions such as sensory processing and motor control.
Postgraduate students completing our two-year Social Work MA gain a professional qualification in social work.
During these two years, we run a number of sessions with a specific focus on dementia, including a full day co-facilitated by people living with dementia, exploring and developing communication skills.
Our aim is to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to work alongside people living with dementia and their families and supporters to promote independence and wellbeing, as well as addressing key issues such as safeguarding.
Our Advanced Nursing Practice and Leadership MSc includes units that can be taken individually as both undergraduate (Level 6) and postgraduate (Level 7) continuing professional development (CPD) courses.
This includes the Dementia: A Person-centred Approach to Enhancing Care, Support and Wellbeing unit, which is suitable for any staff engaged in the care and support of people who are living with dementia and/or their supporters/carers.
The unit equips practitioners with a critical, person-centred understanding of dementia and enables them to apply this understanding to bring about changes to enhance the care, support and wellbeing of people who are living with dementia.
The course is delivered part-time over one academic term by a range of experts and people who are living with dementia. Teaching explores topics including the causes of dementia, identifying dementia, the impact on the person from a range of factors such as cognitive impairment, physical and mental health, and the physical and care environment. It also considers specific approaches to dementia care such as biographical work, meaningful activities and how behaviours can be seen as communication.
As part of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (ClinPsyD), all students receive teaching and placement experience in the areas of dementia and neurodegenerative disease.
Additionally, there are opportunities for students to choose to conduct their doctoral research project in these areas, for example, dementia care mapping.
Carried out by clinicians who are experts in their field, including those involved in developing national Department of Health strategy, teaching on dementia covers assessment and psychological intervention, driving and dementia, young onset dementia, dementia and Down's Syndrome and person-centred care, including family intervention.
For neurodegenerative disorders, there are units on clinical neuropsychology and neuro-rehabilitation, covering assessment, intervention and wider service issues.
During their second year, all students undertake a six-month clinical placement in either an older adult (community mental health team, memory clinic, in-patient or primary care setting) or neuropsychology service, thus gaining first-hand experience of assessment, intervention, rehabilitation (where relevant) and family work with a range of clients with dementia and/or neurodegenerative disorders.
In addition, students can choose their third-year placement specialism and the programme is fortunate to have available an excellent range of specialist placements in these areas. Many students go on to gain employment within these specialities in centres of excellence within and outside the north-west.