University of Portsmouth: Psychology and Learning Disability (Distance Learning)
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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
Careers and opportunities
Career opportunities when you complete this course differ according to your prior experience.
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 strengthen 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 a 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).
What you'll study
Units currently being studied
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.
Work experience and career planning
We can 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. You can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our this service as you advance in your career.
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.
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:
working in groups
revision, memory and exam techniques
|Level||RQF Level 7|
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.
Despite its distance learning mode, this course is still extremely student focused. You will be given resources, materials, help and guidance to complete your studies to your full ability. Using our virtual learning environment you can participate in group discussions with other students in a friendly yet challenging online class environment. Plus real-time text based 'chat sessions' with lecturers will ensure you receive all the support you need for the topics you study.
You are assessed in a variety of ways to reflect the individual topics, however there are no examinations and all assessment is coursework based. Here’s how we assess your work:
Full-time students will study all 180 Level M credits (i.e. six units) in one full year. Part-time students will normally study three units each year, and will begin to explore potential research ideas and research methodologies in the first year. All units are Level 7, 30 credits, and are core units.
Here are the units you will study (part-time students will study these in the first year):
Critical Disability Studies and Intellectual Disability: The perspective of Critical Disability Studies (CDS) is about how society and its agents respond to the labelled person's circumstances rather than how intellectual disability inhabits the person. This unit will address the relationship between workers and disabled people that CDS might call for. Here disability and intellectual disability in particular will be a standpoint or position from which to view society, in contrast to disability as a categorisation of people.
Families and Systemic Therapy: This unit aims to provide you with an understanding of families including an appreciation of experiences of families with an intellectually disabled member. It aims to enhance your abilities to support families via theoretically informed, partnership-based empowering practices.
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|International||5800 GBP for Year 1|
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|Scotland||5800 GBP for Year 1|
|Wales||5800 GBP for Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||5800 GBP for Year 1|
University of Portsmouth
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