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Psychology and Learning Disability (Distance Learning) MSc

Psychology and Learning Disability (Distance Learning) MSc

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Study mode

Distance without attendance


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

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

Course type


Course Summary


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.

This course focuses on learning disability or intellectual disabilities rather than specific learning difficulties, so we don't cover issues such as dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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.

Work experience and career planning

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.


Neurodiversity Studies (30 Credits) - Core
Autism Spectrum Conditions (30 Credits) - Core
Psychology and Learning Disability: Core Issues (30 Credits) - Core
Critical Intellectual Disability Studies (30 Credits) - Core
Quantitative, Qualitative, and Literature Based Research (15 Credits) - Core
Research Project (30 Credits) - Core
Psychology Project (by distance learning) (45 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

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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

Over 4,000 postgraduate students call the University of Portsmouth campus home. An ideal choice for postgraduate students, the university has superb research credentials, excelling in areas such as astrophysics, forensics and sports science, with world-leading research groups conducting impactful work into some of the most significant challenges we face in society today. Portsmouth offers over 200 postgraduate degrees, in a wide variety...more