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Mental Health of People with Learning Disabilities - PhD

Mental Health of People with Learning Disabilities - PhD

Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

People With Learning Difficulties: Social Work People With Mental Health Problems: Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

This course offers excellent opportunities for full or part-time research in intellectual disability and community care leading to higher degrees. The Tizard Centre has a strong track record of attracting University and ESRC research studentship funding. Our primary aims, through research, teaching and consultancy, are: to find out more about how to effectively support and work with people with learning disabilities; to help carers, managers and professionals develop the values, knowledge and skills that enable better services; to aid policymakers, planners, managers and practitioners to organise and provide enhanced services. Our postgraduate courses improve employability prospects for both those with established careers and new entrants to the field. Many of our students already work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in professional, management or supporting capacities. Our programmes support their continuing professional development and enhance their opportunities for career advancement. Other students, who are at the beginning of their careers, move on to a range of professional roles in health and social care including working as psychologists in learning disability or behavioural specialists in community learning disability teams; service management of development roles; clinical psychology training or a PhD. Career destinations include roles in counselling, health recovery work, mental health tutor, counsellor, psychiatric consultant, mental health worker/specialist, health services manager, chief executive, childcare practitioner, nursing, directorship and therapist for organisations including PROMIS, Turning Point, UK Resettlement and various NHS Trusts.

Different course options

Full time | Canterbury Campus | 3 years | 21-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a a first or 2:1 in a relevant subject. Applicants would normally have a Master's degree at merit or distinction level. All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.