FAQs for Dementia Msc

Frequently asked questions regarding Dementia: Causes, Treatments and Research (Mental Health) MSc

Can students out of the UK or European Union apply?

Yes, our course is open to international students. Further details are provided at Entry Requirements on the Applications section of this page.

How do I apply?

You apply by clicking through from the graduate prospectus to this screen 

Use the following search terms to see this course

  • Keyword(s): "Dementia"

The mental health pathway appears in the first three rows (here you choose depending on whether you would like to study full-time, part –time or flexible)

  • Department: "Division of Psychiatry"

The mental health pathway appears in rows 9, 10 and 11 ((here you choose depending on whether you would like to study full-time, part –time or flexible)

Who can help me with questions I have about the course?

The Programme Director will be available to answer any questions you have about the course. You can get in touch with him directly at n.bass@ucl.ac.uk

Where can I receive information about help with fees?

Useful information about funding for postgraduate students can be found here:

What is the difference between the Dementia - Causes Treatment and Research: Mental Health and the Dementia - Causes Treatment and Research: Neuroscience MSc course?

The two courses are relatively similar in equipping graduates with basic and advanced knowledge of dementia with many shared modules, but are different in emphasis.

The Dementia - Causes Treatment and Research: Mental Health MSc concentrates on cutting edge research about prevention, detection and management of the dementias, and is aimed at graduates wishing to explore or begin a research career in dementia. All students take core modules that will very much enrich basic and advanced understanding of the causes and treatment of dementia, and practical modules on research methods and statistics in mental health, providing them with key research skills. Students will select further credits from modules that have a neuroscience, research methods, or quality improvement in health care component. Final projects will report a research study or systematic review in dementia. The range of modules offered allows students to select a programme that closely meets their research interests. Mental health practitioners with a specific interest in dementia research are encouraged to apply.

The Dementia - Causes Treatment and Research: Neuroscience MSc  has a stronger focus on developing clinical neuroscience skills, offering engaging and practical modules on the clinical and practical neuroscience of dementia, for experienced clinicians or other graduates who wish to take an advanced broad-based MSc in the neuroscience of dementia, by considering cutting-edge research at the forefront of the field. It offers a wide range of options, including modules in advanced treatment and management of dementia or advanced neuroimaging. The course allows students to select an innovative training programme that supports advanced clinical practice of neuroscience and is tailored to individual interests.

Will applicants be interviewed before being selected?

Some applicants will be asked to attend an interview.

Do I need to identify a research project or a Supervisor as part of my application?

We’d like to hear a bit about your main research interests in dementia and we would encourage students to think of potential areas of interest. However we do not need you to have a specific project or supervisor. Your dementia research project may be based on your own interests that you may wish to develop with supervision; there will also be many options for projects linked with senior academics’ research programmes. Some of these projects will involve data collection, whereas others will involve working on data sets being collected. Find examples of major projects: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychiatry/research/olderpeople/projects

On which days will I need to attend UCL?

For full time students, core teaching for the Division of Psychiatry modules is principally on Wednesdays and Fridays.

In the first term, Current Research in Dementia is taught on Wednesdays; and Core Principles of Mental Health Research on Fridays; Clinical Mental Health is taught on Tuesdays; in the second term, Advanced Treatment and Management of Dementia will be taught on Tuesdays. Students are expected to dedicate time for independent and online learning, as well as taking part in group activities and journal clubs. Modules from other departments at UCL generally require attendance on other days.

The course lasts a full calendar year for full time students, and they are therefore expected to remain in London and work on their dissertations during the summer. Students will find that UCL offers a wide range of opportunities for seminars, courses and activities on a variety of topics of interest to them. Examples are here:

For students taking the flexible route, it is feasible to complete the course through attending one day and a half per week.

Will my dissertation be in an area that I am interested in?

The Division of Psychiatry and the Queen Square Institute of Neurology collectively cover a wide variety of research areas in dementia. Key research areas for Senior Academic Staff at the Division of Psychiatry can be viewed here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychiatry/research/olderpeople/

A summary of research areas is below:

Prevention of dementia, biological and psychological approaches to neuropsychiatric symptoms, clinical trials research in dementia, elder abuse, psychosocial interventions for people with dementia and their carers, pain, and end of life care. We expect that students will be able to complete a project in an area that fits well with their interests.

Will all modules be available this year?

We hope we will be able to offer all the optional modules we have listed on the website. It is conceivable that a module might not run if demand is unexpectedly low, however we judge this to be unlikely.

Will I have the opportunity to publish my research project?

The Division of Psychiatry has a strong tradition and an excellent record of previous MSc students publishing their dissertation research.

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