Postgraduate MSc

Dementia: Care and the Enabling Environment

School of Health and Society




One year

Three year


September 2019

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In a nutshell

This pioneering course explores different approaches to enhancing life engagement for people who have dementia and their carers. Online learning offers enhanced flexibility for you to engage with learning when it's convenient for you. 

You will:
  • Benefit from strong links with the Institute for Dementia at the University of Salford, an international centre of excellence in research, education and innovation.
  • Enjoy opportunities for involvement with the Institute, supporting your learning and future career progression.
  • Be taught by credible dementia care and design educators, researchers, registered professionals, people with dementia and activists.
  • Benefit from online learning for flexibility and convenience

options available

This is for you if...


You want to make a positive difference to the experiences of people touched by dementia


You are a compassionate and empathetic character


You are hard working and dedicated to developing your knowledge

Course details

All about the course

This course will equip you with the knowledge to develop enabling and life engagement focused on services and interventions for people living with dementia, and their carers.

The course is inter-disciplinary, exploring different approaches to enhancing life engagement for people who have dementia and their carers. The course is not limited to a health and social care perspective. The design focus looks at ways in which the environment (buildings, urban spaces, transport) can be designed or modified to provide meaningful activity and support for people with dementia and their carers.

Enrolling on this course, you are likely to have an interest or work in areas such as:

  • Health and social care
  • Design-built environment, product, urban planning
  • Estates
  • Housing
  • Prisons 
  • Leisure services
  • Transport services
  • Hospitality


  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules over eight months (120 credits); January and September registration
  • Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over one year (180 credits); January and September registration


  • Postgraduate Certificate: two modules over nine months (60 credits); September or January registration
  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules over two years (120 credits); September or January registration
  • Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over three years (180 credits); September or January registration

Enabling Environments for Living Well with Dementia

This module provides a multidisciplinary understanding of the inter-relationship between ageing, dementia, and the environment, and the theoretical modules that underpin this. It provides an evaluation of the facets of an enabling environment that contributes to living well with dementia through assisted and independent living by challenging current theories, policies, design approaches and solutions.

Life Engagement and Dementia: Social Relationships and Meaningful Activity

This module reviews and develops knowledge and best practice to enhance the support of relationships with, and meaningful activities for, people living with dementia. It also assists you to develop plans for enhancing life engagement throughout the experience of living with dementia.

Developing Dementia Awareness

This module examines the evidence-based developments, and the opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration to enhance the experience of living well with dementia.

Research Methods

This module enables you to develop a rigorous approach to the process of research and prepares you to complete a dissertation/research project or systematic literature review. 


The dissertation module gives you the opportunity to undertake an in-depth, evidence-based exploration of a key area relevant to your own professional practice and is needed to graduate with a full Masters.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

The course employs a range of online teaching and learning strategies aimed at providing a framework of knowledge through which academic skills and expertise will be developed. The strategies will capitalise on the interdisciplinary expertise of the teaching team, and will include:

  • Online lectures (pre-recorded and real-time) to provide a core knowledge base
  • Online individual tutorials and online group seminars to support the process of becoming an independent and reflective learner
  • Case studies to provide an opportunity for development on analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Scenarios to provide an opportunity to explore, relate, and discuss practice-based situations
  • Discussions via online discussion boards


All coursework has a dementia focus and comprises of:

  • Essays 
  • Presentations 
  • Design critiques 
  • Independent research to develop investigative skills 

The School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real world impact.

We live in a rapidly changing world, and we’re keen to leave a productive legacy of helping people at all stages of their lives, improving their physical, psychological and social wellbeing.

Teacher Profiles

The course is delivered by a core team of dynamic and supportive staff, who are committed to helping you move dementia practice forward both within the context of care, and of design.

Natalie Yates-Bolton is a registered general nurse whose areas of teaching include dementia friendly environments, human rights and dementia, and emotional intelligence and dementia.

Elizabeth Collier is a mental health nurse whose academic interests include contemporary recovery concepts, mental health promotion, evidence-based practice, mental health and ill health in later life, long-term mental ill health and dementia

Rita Newton is an environmental gerontologist focusing on housing and residential care, outdoor environments, public buildings and transport as a means of supporting older people to be independent, healthy and active.

Tracy Collins is an occupational therapist whose academic interests relate to ageing, gerontology, sociology and loneliness in later life.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

There is a current focus nationally and internationally on enhancing life engagement, support and environments for people living with dementia.

The course is suitable for professionals and practitioners from a wide range of backgrounds whose current role or future role relate to these areas.

Career Links

The course has strong links with the Salford Institute for Dementia, which works together with local, regional, national and international partners to make a positive difference in living with dementia. Students on the course will be able to interact with the Institute, thereby enhancing opportunities for learning, and for career progression.


What you need to know

English language requirements 

International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

You need an undergraduate degree with a minimum classification of 2.2, or an equivalent qualification. You will also be considered if you have relevant experience.

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £7,776per year
Full-time international 2019 £14,310per year
Part-time 2019 £1296.00 per 30 credit module
Distance learning 2019 7776.00
Additional costs

You should consider additional costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020