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COURSE TITLE Master of Arts in Ageing and Dementia Studies
 
COURSE CODE PMAADSPET6

POSTNOMINAL

LEVEL OF QUALIFICATION

NATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
FRAMEWORK LEVEL

DURATION

MODE OF ATTENDANCE

TOTAL ECTS CREDITS

M.A.(Melit.)

Second Cycle

Level 7

6 Semesters

Part-time Evening

90

COURSE OVERVIEW
The Master of Arts in Ageing and Dementia Studies makes a valuable contribution to the development of dementia care knowledge, research and practice. The objective of the Master of Arts in Ageing and Dementia Studies is to reinforce and mature the understanding, skills, competencies and attitudes of professionals working between the interface of ageing and dementia. Hence, empowering them to fulfill their highest potential in the personal, professional and practice arena of care for older persons with dementia. The Master of Arts in Ageing and Dementia Studies was planned and developed to provide students with an in-depth, research-based knowledge of dementia, including theory, policy issues, innovative and best practices in dementia care, as well as a grounding in academic and research skills. Therefore, promising to act as a catalyst for candidates' professional development with regards the meeting of needs of both present and incoming cohorts of older persons with dementia. The Master of Arts in Ageing and Dementia Studies makes a valuable contribution to the interdisciplinary development of dementia care knowledge, research and practice. It is designed in a way to promote collaboration between the disciplines of nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, social work and other professionals working with persons with dementia and their carers. One anticipates that graduates of this Master Degree will be enabled to promote and develop excellence in dementia care in their practice setting - thus, ensuring that older persons with dementia live a dignified and meaningful life, so that their citizenship rights are fully acknowledged and respected.
 
LEARNING OUTCOMES (a) Subject knowledge and understanding.
The Master of Arts in Ageing and Dementia Studies lists and explains the social, psychological, and biological theories applied within the field of ageing and dementia studies. More specifically, to:

- explain demographic trends of population ageing,
- recognise how the heterogeneity of older populations leads to unequal levels in quality of life in old age,
- describe theoretical frameworks to national and international accounts about current issues in dementia care,
- demonstrate an awareness of the contributions different theoretical perspectives for understanding dementia care,
- develop knowledge of ethical principles when evaluating social and health care practices in dementia care,
- list a range of approaches and activities which can contribute to the wellbeing of people with dementia,
- develop critical knowledge on assistive technology, and its role in the care and support of older people with dementia.

(b) Intellectual development.
The Master of Arts in Ageing and Dementia Studies provides students with opportunities to develop their thinking ability, approach texts critically, and use the library resources to learn about past, ongoing, and innovative practices in ageing and dementia care. More specifically, to:

- describe the experiences of older persons with dementia at key points in their journey from diagnosis to death,
- differentiate between different care pathways due to unequal levels of informal support,
- analyse the diversity in the experiences of older persons with dementia and the influence of age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, specific diagnosis, co-morbid conditions and other factors on their life course,
- demonstrate awareness of current policy and practice responses at different stages of dementia,
- list the characteristics of carers of older persons with dementia and the challenges they generally face,
- explain the multidisciplinary approach to working with older persons with dementia and their carers,
- develop knowledge of relevant policy/service issues in relation to supporting/caring for older persons with dementia.

(c) Key/transferable skills.
The Master of Arts in Ageing and Dementia Studies is not solely an intellectual exercise but also provides students with hands-on experience that enables them to:

(i) examine assessment measures used in dementia care,
(ii) learn the diverse practical approaches to improve assessment measures and practice,
(iii) acquire skills in evaluating dementia care,
(iv) review and evaluate different published dementia care evaluations, and
(v) assist in the involvement of older persons with dementia in the assessment and evaluation of dementia care.

At the same time, the Master Degree in Ageing and Dementia Studies provides students with the needed research skills to investigate ageing and dementia care issues by enabling them to:

(i) identify and define both the quantitative and qualitative research methods, subject sampling techniques, and approaches to assessing the validity and reliability of measurement instruments,
(ii) develop an understanding of the ethical issues,
(iii) evaluate policy strategies on dementia care,
(iv) draw up a case study report that assesses care settings for older persons with dementia, and
(v) assist in the planning of better community, respite, and long-term services for older persons with dementia.

(d) Other skills relevant to employability and personal development.
Having a trained workforce is fundamental to accomplish optimal levels of dementia care. In recent years, health and social care managers have been advertising for internal posts that call for staff having access to dementia-care training (skills development) that is consistent with their roles and responsibilities. The Master Degree advances a collaborative approach between various professionals (including clinical dementia specialists, nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists and other allied health professionals) that form the multidisciplinary team. Hence, promising significant improvements in the quality of dementia care on behalf of social and health care professionals. The Master of Arts in Ageing and Dementia Studies equips students with the knowledge and practical skills to support people with dementia and their families, to maximise choice and control in their lives, and to strengthen a sense of belonging and being valued. Students will gain an excellent understanding of how services are organised and run, and be able to contribute to improving service quality in ageing and dementia care. A successful reading of the Master of Arts in Ageing and Dementia Studies enables students to:

(i) participate in the initial pre-admission evaluation of potential patients,
(ii) planning and coordinating therapeutic programme schedules which meet the spiritual, social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs of older persons with dementia, and
(iii) assessing the educational needs of care workers in dementia care regarding dementia specific knowledge, behaviour management, and communication skills.
 
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY The Master of Arts in Ageing and Dementia studies can open doors to an exciting career where you can work with older persons in a variety of capacities and settings, both in community and institutional settings. Successful completion of the course will provide evidence of the knowledge and expertise required by professionals working in gerontological and geriatric settings, with specialized expertise in dementia care. This will be invaluable in improving the prospect of employment in the field of elder care and will enhance the likelihood of career progression in established social and health care professions.

The Master of Arts in Ageing and Dementia Studies also provides students with the opportunity to progress to a Doctorate Degree in gerontology and geriatrics.
 
COURSE INTENDED FOR The Master of Arts in Ageing and Dementia Studies targets students who wish to develop an advanced understanding of multidisciplinary perspectives on ageing and dementia studies.
 
ADMISSION AND
PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a Bachelor degree from this University or another university recognized by Senate, with at least Second Class Honours or Category II.

The admission of applicants may be conditional on the result of an interview conducted by an interviewing board appointed for the purpose.

The interviewing board appointed by the Board shall be composed of at least three members.

Senate, on the recommendation of the Board, shall determine the number of applicants that may be allowed to register for the Course, depending on the availability of resources. The number of available places shall be announced at the time of the call for applications.

When the number of places is limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be selected using the following criteria, the weighting of which shall be published at the time of the call from applications:

(a) degree type and class
(b) experience in the area of the proposed study and
(c) performance during the interview.

For the purpose of selection, applicants whose qualifications as stipulated above were obtained by a date to be announced at the time of the call for applications shall be considered first.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in February 2016.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.
 
 


 

 
Last Updated: 3 March 2017
 
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