Due to a large number of applicants all applications for this course must be received by 1 July 2019. Any application received after 23:59 hrs on 1 July 2019 will be dealt with and considered for the 2020 entry.
You develop a critical understanding of forensic issues as they affect individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Graduates will be able to take leading roles in public services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and issues.
You share modules with others taking postgraduate programmes in intellectual and developmental disabilities while taking specialist modules on forensic issues. The programme encourages values-based, ethically stringent practice and/or research in the subject area.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain the following knowledge and understanding:
- Definitions and epidemiology of intellectual and developmental disabilities
- Definitions and prevalence of challenging behaviour and offending in IDD
- Cognitive, communicative and social characteristics of people with IDD at risk of offending
- Biological, social and environmental factors in the causes of IDD and offending
- Values & ethical principles underpinning professional practice
- Methods of assessment and intervention for IDD and offending
- Ideology, policy and service development in IDD and offending
- Definition and measurement of service quality
- Relationships between service organisation and quality
- Research methodology and basic statistical analysis
You will develop intellectual skills in:
- The ability to present critical, balanced and conceptually-informed arguments
- The ability to appraise and interpret evidence from academic literature and personal/work experience
- The ability to critically analyse data with reference to issues of method, reliability and validity
- The ability to generate and interpret evidence through research
You will develop skills to:
- Conduct assessments, design interventions, monitor outcomes and adjust interventions at individual and service levels.
- Behave in an ethically correct and professional manner, working collaboratively with users and colleagues, using supervision and recognising limitations.
- Conduct applied research on a topic relevant to IDD and forensic issues.
You gain the following transferable skills:
- Communication: organise information clearly, respond to written sources, present information orally
- Numeracy: make sense of statistical materials, integrate quantitative and qualitative information
- Information Technology: produce written documents, undertake online research
- Working with others: work co-operatively on group tasks, understand how groups function
- Improving own learning: explore personal strengths and weaknesses, time management, review working environment
- Problem solving: identify and define problems, explore alternative solutions and discriminate between them
The aims of this programme are:
- to provide students with detailed knowledge of intellectual and developmental disabilities and forensic issues
- to develop an evidence-based critical understanding of intellectual and developmental disabilities and forensic issues
- to encourage values-based, ethically stringent practice and/or research in intellectual and developmental disabilities and forensic issues
- to produce graduates equipped to play a leading role in public services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and forensic issues