Taught course

Adults with Learning Disabilities who have Significant and Complex Needs

University of St Andrews · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Diploma: a pass at acceptable level of Postgraduate Certificate at St Andrews or a Postgraduate Certificate in learning disabilities from a recognised UK HE Institution, acceptable to St Andrews. Postgraduate Masters: successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma at St Andrews, with a pass at acceptable level or a Postgraduate Diploma in learning disabilities from a recognised UK HE Institution, acceptable to St Andrews.

Months of entry

October, March

Course content

Internet based distance learning courses, at Diploma and Masters level, for people working in supervisory or professional positions in the care of adults with learning disabilities. The open learning format is written in an interactive style and materials are designed to encourage students to use their own workplace experiences as a basis for new learning and development of research skills. The programme is intended to be studied as a part time qualification, by staff providing services to people with learning disabilities.

Programme leaflet can be found at http://psy.st-andrews.ac.uk/teaching/resources/distance_learning/distance_learning_brochure.pdf

Each part of the postgraduate programme (Diploma, Masters) is to be completed within one year, i.e. the Masters programme will take twoyears in total to complete, including completion of the Diploma.

The rate of progress through individual modules will depend on each student's aptitude, and the amount of time available for study. As a rough guide, we estimate that each module in the Diploma course will need 100 hours of study time.

It is not possible to take individual modules on the Postgraduate Diploma course.

Information for international students

A minimum of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Tuition fees for the PG Diploma are £2,160. Tuition fees for the MSc are £2,160 (upon completion of the PG Diploma). The full charge for the MSc is £4,320.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12 months


distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Martin Campbell
+44 (0)1334 462084