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Psychology and Learning Disability (Distance Learning) MSc

Psychology and Learning Disability (Distance Learning) MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Applied Psychology Caring Skills (Specialist) Mental Health Nursing (General)

Course type


Course Summary

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. 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).

Different course options

Study mode

Distance without attendance


2 years

Start date



Autism Spectrum Conditions (30 Credits) - Core
Psychology and Learning Disability: Core Issues (30 Credits) - Core
Critical Intellectual Disability Studies (30 Credits) - Core
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (30 Credits) - Core
Quantitative, Qualitative, and Literature Based Research (15 Credits)
Research Project (45 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Students need to pay £6,000 in year 1 and £3,000 in year 2 (may be subject to annual increase)

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Students need to pay £6,000 in year 1 and £3,000 in year 2 (may be subject to annual increase)

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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.

University information

With just under 4,000 postgraduate students on campus, the University of Portsmouth is an ideal choice for postgraduate students. The University has great research credentials, excelling in areas such as astrophysics, forensics and sports science. A massive 89% of its research in physics and 90% of its research in allied health professions was rated as either ‘World Leading’ or ‘Internationally Excellent’ by the Research Excellence Framework...more