Taught course

Psychology and Learning Disability (Distance Learning)

University of Portsmouth · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

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.

Months of entry


Course content

Whether you're already working in the sector, or a graduate looking to start a career in the field, our MSc Psychology and Learning Disability degree course will give you the skills to enhance your practice and meet the challenges of working in social care.

From helping to identify those who need extra support, to helping those with intellectual disability live more independently, this course will give you the knowledge required to make a positive difference in your career. You can complete the course over 2 years through distance learning, giving you the flexibility to fit your studies around existing work commitments.

You'll graduate with the skills and confidence to support children and adults with learning disabilities, and gain an academic qualification that will improve your career prospects.

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:
  • Be supported by experienced academics in the field of learning disability
  • 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
  • Get to grips with the key topics in the field, including the role of family support in care, the practice of cognitive behavioural therapy and the analysis of Autistic Spectrum Conditions
  • Complete an individual project based on an original piece of research
  • Take part in voluntary work with children or adults with intellectual disabilities
  • 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

We'll 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 in the heritage, teaching, or other related industries.

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.

Careers and opportunities

When you graduate, you'll be in a strong position to make significant progress in your career, in senior management positions and upwards. Previous graduates have also gone on to study for advanced academic qualifications, such as PhDs or professional doctorates.

Career opportunities include:

  • social work
  • community care
  • NHS
  • public services for children or adults
  • education
  • mentoring

We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment, through close industrial contact, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566