Taught course

Psychology and Learning Disability (Distance Learning)

Institution
University of Portsmouth · Department of Psychology
Qualifications
MSc

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

September

Course content

Overview

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

On this course, you'll:
  • 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

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.

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

Career opportuntities 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 strenghten 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 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).

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

Fees and funding

UK students
Part time: Year 1-£6,000*, Year 2 - £3,000*. **Tuition fees may be subject to annual increase.
International students
Part time: Year 1-£6,000*, Year 2 - £3,000*. **Tuition fees may be subject to annual increase.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
Admissions Team
Email
admissions@port.ac.uk
Phone
023 9284 5566