One year full-time, two years part-time
Knowledge and understanding
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
- definitions and epidemiology of intellectual disability
- cognitive, communicative and social characteristics of people with intellectual disabilities
- biological, social and environmental causes of intellectual disability
- behaviour analysis
- challenging behaviour and other special needs
- ideology, policy and service development
- definition and measurement of service quality
- relationships between service organisation and quality
- research methodology.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- the appraisal and interpretation of evidence from the academic literature, personal/work experience and data collection
- presenting critical, balanced arguments.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- how to conduct applied research on a topic relevant to intellectual and developmental disability (does not apply to PCert programme).
You will gain the following transferable skills:
- communication: organising information clearly; responding to written sources; presenting information orally
- numeracy: (if statistical element of research methods module taken) making sense of statistical materials; integrating quantitative and qualitative information
- information technology: producing written documents; undertaking online research
- working with others: working co-operatively on group tasks; understanding how groups function
- improving own learning: exploring personal strengths and weaknesses; time management; reviewing working environment
- problem solving: identifying and defining problems: exploring alternative solutions and discriminating between them.
This programme aims to:
- provide graduates with detailed knowledge of intellectual and developmental disabilities, and (MA/PDip only) experience of conducting research in this field.