Psychology and Learning Disability MSc
MSc Psychology and Learning Disability
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 choose to complete the course over 1 or 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
- public services for children or adults
We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment, through close industrial contact, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.
- A good honours degree or equivalent
- Applicants with another professional qualification or experience may be considered
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0
Home/EU/Channel Islands/Isle of Man and International students
- Full-time distance learning: £7,700
- Part-time distance learning: £3,850 Year 1 and £3,850 Year 2 (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
What you'll study
Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 unit worth 60 credits.
Core units on this course include:
- Autistic spectrum conditions: a critical approach
- Communication and interviewing vulnerable witnesses
- Critical disability studies and intellectual disability
- Families and systemic therapy
- Quantitive and qualitative research methods
- Research project
There are no optional units in the year.
Changes to course content
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 and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK). ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
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'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:
- Autumn teaching block – September to December
- Spring teaching block – January to Easter
- Assessment period – Easter to June
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- practice files
- critical reviews
- data analysis and reports
- literature reviews
- a research project
Admissions terms and conditionsWhen you accept an offer to study with us, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.
Apply for this course using our online application form.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.