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:
- 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
Work experience and career planning
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.
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.
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're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- practice files
- critical reviews
- data analysis and reports
- literature reviews
- a research project
Careers and opportunities
Career opportunities when you complete this course differ according to your prior experience.
What can you do with a Psychology and Learning Disability Master's degree?
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).