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M.Sc. Online

Psychology and Learning Disability (Distance Learning)

University of Portsmouth

24 months
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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 Psychology and Learning Disability (Distance Learning) degree course from University of Portsmouth provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to develop your learning disability scholarship and practice.

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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

  • 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

Work experience and career planning

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).

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.

Teaching and programme assessment

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.

You'll be assessed through:

  • practice files
  • essays
  • critical reviews
  • data analysis and reports
  • literature reviews
  • a research project

Programme Structure

Courses include:

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

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

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Start date:

  • September 2022





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General 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.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Tuition Fee

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Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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