Taught course

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Forensic Issues

University of Kent · Tizard Centre

Entry requirements

Students who wish to apply for a postgraduate degree must normally have a British first or second class honours degree in a relevant or appropriate subject, or the equivalent from an internationally recognised institution. However, all applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

Months of entry


Course content

This is an advanced professional development programme involving the following: study workshops; coursework; and a dissertation (which can be completed in your home area). The MSc involves a placement in forensic ID services and a shorter dissertation. The MA involves a longer dissertation and no placement.

Coursework is taught through a mixture of web-based resources, directed reading, videos, lectures, seminars and practical sessions, supported by a number of workshops, where you work with skilled professionals and have the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with fellow students.


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

For the MA:

  • Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Social Psychology of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and forensic issues (10 credits)
  • Assessment and Intervention (10 credits)
  • Intellectual and Development Disabilities and forensic services issues (10 credits)
  • Extended Essay (15 credits)
  • Research Project in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (120 credits)

The MSc has the same modules but a shorter dissertation (60 credits) and a placement in forensic services (60 credits).

Teaching and Assessment

Each of the four taught modules is assessed by a one-hour, web-based exam and an extended essay. In addition the Research Methods module involves short assignments and a worked problem. For those completing the MSc there are also two clinical/service reports.

Information for international students

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Please see our funding web pages for the most current information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Tizard Centre
+44 (0)1227 827958