The Psychology of Dementia Care – online (PG Cert) 2024 entry

The information on this page is for 2024 entry. If you are considering applying for 2025 entry or later, some of these details may differ and we advise you to check the page again before you apply. To receive a notification of when applications open for 2025 entry, please register your interest.

The Postgraduate Certificate in The Psychology of Dementia Care focuses on the practical application of psychological theory in dementia care and is intended for professional care staff and management who provide services to people with dementia.

Start date
September 2024
End date
September 2026
One year
School of Psychology and Neuroscience

Application deadline

Thursday 8 August 2024

Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.

Entry requirements

The School will accept one of the following as appropriate entry qualifications:

  • An upper 2:1 Honours undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline.
  • Accredited prior learning: a professional qualification in social work, nursing, occupational therapy or similar.
  • Experiential prior learning: substantial relevant work experience in a related discipline and at least three year's practical experience in the field.

If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.

English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.

The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

Application requirements

  • CV or résumé 
  • personal statement (500 words) - only applicable if applying for Scottish Funding Council funding 
  • sample of your own, single-authored academic written work (2,000 words) 
  • two original signed academic references 
  • academic transcripts and degree certificates.

For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.

English language proficiency

If English is not your first language, you may need to provide an English language test score to evidence your English language ability.  See approved English language tests and scores for this course.

Course details

The PG Cert in The Psychology of Dementia Care is a part-time online course run by the School of Psychology and Neuroscience with a start date in September. The programme will provide students with the theoretical background to the psychology of dementia care. 


  • The structure of the programme is designed for maximum flexibility, allowing students to take one, two or all three of the modules, which you may pay for one at a time (the Postgraduate Certificate requires the completion of all three). 
  • Students are encouraged to question current practice and to apply psychological theory to their own working situation. 
  • The online format allows students to attain the Postgraduate Certificate remotely and at their own pace. 


The modules published below are examples of what has been taught in previous academic years and may be subject to change before you start your programme. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the module catalogue.

Each module typically comprises: 

  • 200 notional hours of learning time delivered online
  • 100% coursework assessment. 


  • The Psychosocial Impact of Dementia: an introduction to the psychosocial impact of dementia on individuals with a diagnosis and those who care for them. 
  • The Care of Individuals with Dementia: introduces several psychological models of dementia care and explores the psychological needs of individuals with dementia and their caregivers. 
  • Implementing Effective Care: provides a theoretical and evidence-based background to equip students with strategies that will allow them to plan, change, measure and maintain effective practice in their workplaces. 


The course is delivered online via Moodle, the University's online teaching and learning system.

Students will engage with independent study in a supportive online framework and have access to lecture slides, case studies, journal articles, videos and a student forum to facilitate your studies. 

The programme comprises three modules; students may take these modules individually but must complete all three to achieve the certification. 

The modules are assessed through coursework submitted online; there is no final exam for the course. 

The programme coordinator will be available for contact throughout the course. 

University tutors are available for support via email and telephone. 


The School of Psychology and Neuroscience hosts a weekly seminar programme typically held in the Old Library of the Psychology Building.

These seminars include public lectures, open School discussions and papers presented by a variety of guest lecturers from the UK and abroad. Following the seminar, a wine reception is held in the staff common room. 

The School also hosts an annual Jeeves Lecture as part of its seminar programme. The lectures are given by eminent psychologists and neuroscientists. Staff, students and members of the public are welcome at this lecture. 


Tuition fees have yet to be set.

Tuition fees have yet to be set.

Application fee

Before we can begin processing your application, a payment of an application fee of £50 is required. In some instances, you may be eligible for an application fee waiver. Details of this, along with information on our tuition fees, can be found on the postgraduate fees and funding page.

Funding and scholarships

The University of St Andrews is committed to attracting the very best students, regardless of financial circumstances.

15% Recent Graduate Discount

If you have graduated from the University within the last three academic years, you may be eligible for a 15% discount on postgraduate taught tuition fees. Terms and conditions apply.

Taught postgraduate scholarships    Postgraduate loans

After your degree


Graduates from the online programme entered or continued their work in a variety of occupations, including: 

  • clinical services development manager 
  • community care officer 
  • deputy nurse manager 
  • occupational therapist 
  • podiatrist 
  • speech and language therapist 
  • senior social worker. 

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students as well as a programme of events to assist students in building their employability skills.

Further study

Some graduates go on to pursue further education through taught postgraduate courses in Psychology or a PhD research degree. 

Postgraduate research

What to do next

Online information events

Join us for one of our information events where you can find out about different levels of study and specific courses we run. There are also sessions available for parents and college counsellors.

Postgraduate online visiting days

We encourage all students who are thinking of applying to the University to attend one of our online visiting days.

Contact us

+44 (0)1334 46 2157
School of Psychology and Neuroscience
St Mary's Quad
South Street
St Andrews
KY16 9JP

School of Psychology and Neuroscience website