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Assessment throughout the MSc in Dementia is an ongoing process and takes place in a variety of learning contexts, from tutor-facilitated forums to individual tutorials or peer critiques (formative assessment).

Formative assessment also takes place in the context of ‘challenge activities’ and ‘reflections’ that are embedded into each week’s online content.

Assessment methods are tailored specifically for each module and will reflect their particular aims and learning outcomes.

Naturally, feedback plays a key role in your assessments. In addition to feedback from your tutor, you will be assigned a personal tutor, who you’ll be able to interact with on a regular basis. Your tutor will keep tabs on your work, offer advice, and help identify any difficulties that might require additional support. 

Find out more about assessment methods for individual modules below:

Dementia: Critical Starting Points

The assessment methods chosen for this module will help you to articulate your developing understanding of the range of different models which shape our understanding of dementia.


  • Write a blog post focusing on language in dementia. 
  • Write your own person-centered care plan.
  • Write a reflective piece on the overlap and difference between person-centred care models and relationship-centred care models.

See examples of blog posts written by current students:

Living Well with Dementia

The assessment methods for this module have been chosen to enable you to critically engage with the concept of living well with dementia from both policy and practice perspectives.


  • Write a critical review of the way in which wellbeing has been conceptualised and measured in evaluating psychosocial interventions.
  • Create a blog post reviewing a piece of innovative technology created for people living with dementia OR a review of technologies designed for people living with dementia.
  • A 1500-word book review of a book written by a person living with dementia or a carer.

Systems and Ecologies

The assessment methods chosen for this module will enable you to critically engage with the complex ecology of dementia, with a particular emphasis on the concept of relationship centred care.


  • An online presentation on the aims and achievements of a community initiative aiming to enhance inclusion for people with dementia.
  • Imagine you have been asked to design a 6-week course for carers of people living with dementia. Plan out the aims of the group, consider who you’ll invite, outline what you would cover in the 6 weeks, and think about potential barriers to attendance, advertising and evaluation of the group.
  • A 2500-word essay focusing on the importance of relationship-centred care in dementia.

Dying Well with Dementia

The assessment for this module will enable your developing understanding of the issues facing people living with dementia, and their carers and supporters, at the end of life.


  • Create a resource directory of your local end of life (EoL) support services for families of people with dementia. • A blog post on the topic ‘What do we mean by end of life agitation in dementia?’
  • A 3000-word essay on the topic ‘What role do hospices have in supporting people dying with dementia?’


The dissertation offers you the opportunity explore and develop your understanding of an issue that is of particular interest to you.


  • 1000-word research proposal
  • 20000-word dissertation (literature review) or 20000-word service evaluation

More course details

Explore the MSc in Dementia further and find out about the entry requirements on our course page

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