Psychology and Learning Disability MSc
MSc Psychology and Learning Disability
Whether you're currently working with people with a learning disability or you've recently graduated and looking to start a career in this field, this MSc Psychology and Learning Disability degree course provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to develop your learning disability scholarship and practice.
You'll explore how to create a positive difference in the lives of people with learning disabilities, their families and supporters. Working on units written by topic experts, you'll take a critical approach to knowledge of learning disability and contemporary practice as you enrich your understanding of this field. You'll also have opportunities to develop your research abilities.
This is a part-time, 2-year distance learning course, which allows you the flexibility to fit your studies around work commitments.
When you graduate, your MSc will enhance your career prospects in services for people with learning disabilities and their supporters.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Be supported by experienced learning disability academics
- Learn through a combination of live web-based chat forums, e-conferencing, remote seminars and workshops, and individual tutorials, where you'll discuss your work with lecturers and other students
- Work on units written by topic experts
- Complete an individual project based on an original piece of research
- Tap into the Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, and borrow books locally via the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCOLNUL) scheme
Careers and opportunities
Career opportunities when you complete this course differ according to your prior experience.
If you already have a professional career related to learning disability or other developmental disorders, you'll be in a stronger position to make significant progress in your career after the course. Previous students who were already in professional roles during the course have progressed to senior management positions, academic posts and doctoral level study.
If you're a new graduate, you'll strengthen your CV to either gain appropriate employment in this sector or apply to study for advanced academic qualifications such as PhDs or professional doctorates.
If you have a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited BSc in Psychology, you could apply to do a taught doctorate in areas such as Educational Psychology (EdPsychD) or in Clinical Psychology (ClinPsychD).
What you'll study
Core units on this course are as follows. Each unit is written by an expert in that topic.
- Psychology and Learning Disability: Core Issues (30 credits)
- Critical Intellectual Disability Studies (30 Credits)
- Autism Spectrum Conditions (30 credits)
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (30 credits)
- Research Project (45 credits)
- Quantitative, Qualitative, and Literature Based Research (15 credits)
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
Work experience and career planning
We can help you to identify voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you complete this course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our this service as you advance in your career.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
You'll be taught through distance learning, and be given resources, materials, help and guidance to complete your studies to your full ability.
Using our virtual learning environment you'll participate in group discussions with other students in an online class environment. Plus real-time chat with lecturers will ensure you receive all the support you need for the topics you study.
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to mid-May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- Mid-May to early June – assessment period 2
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- practice files
- critical reviews
- data analysis and reports
- literature reviews
- a research project
- A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants with a professional qualification not at degree level may be accepted - each application is considered on an individual basis according to academic qualifications as well as professional qualifications and experience.
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
Tuition fees (2019 start)
- Home/EU/Channel Islands/Isle of Man and International students: £5,800 in year 1 and £2,900 in year 2 (may be subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
Apply for this course using our online application form.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.