Dementia Pathways. For Health & Social Care Professionals

Understanding Cognitive Disorders and Dementia (UCC)

Who is the programme suitable for?

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech and hearing science
  • Audiology, Physiotherapy, Psychology, and Social studies

Brief Description

In this module we introduce dementia and its various sub-types and focus on the basic processes of cognition. Students will develop an understanding of the assessment diagnosis and treatment of cognitive impairment and dementia.

Specific topics include:

  • Risk factors and prevention of dementia;
  • Language versus memory in assessment;
  • Dementia sub-types;
  • Diagnosing and disclosing diagnoses;
  • Treatment of memory impairment and non-cognitive symptoms of dementia.

This is a blended learning module, including online lectures and readings, as well as 4 contact days of workshops with experienced lecturer-practitioners in UCC.

This module includes "brain health" as part of the core curriculum. This includes a 1-hour in-class lecture on cognitive reserve and brain reserve, 1-hour online lecture on dementia risk factors and prevention, guided online resources including the dementia pathways website and "brain health" lecture slides, and further recommended readings associated with the taught content (online resources and additional readings - approx additional 3 hours).


40 x 1hr(s) Lectures (Includes Group Discussions, Workshops and Directed Study, e-learning, and web seminars); 160 x 1hr(s) Other (Self-Directed Learning).

Mode of Delivery

  • Group Discussions
  • Workshops
  • Directed Study
  • E-learning
  • Web seminars

Where is it available?

Graduate Studies Office, West Wing, Main Quad, University College Cork


The fee for this module is €995.  There is also a €35 application fee. 

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