The PGDip/MSc in Adults with Learning Disabilities are part-time distance learning programmes intended as continuing professional development qualifications for professional staff who wish to be research-practitioners in their current post, or who wish to advance their career through evidence based research.
Postgraduate; leading to a Postgradaute Diploma (PGDip) or a Master of Science (MSc)
One year part time (PGDip); two years part time (MSc)
Successful completion of a Postgraduate Certificate in Adults with Learning Disabilities or a Postgraduate Certificate in Adult Support, Protection and Safeguarding at the University of St Andrews or a similar certificate qualification in the area of learning disabilities from a recognised UK Higher Education Institution.
If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
PG Diploma: £2,160
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
The PGDip/MSc in Adults with Learning Disabilities is a part-time distance learning course run by the School of Psychology and Neuroscience. The Postgraduate Diploma is intended to be studied within one calendar year from either March to February or October to September. For those progressing on to the MSc, you will spend an additional year researching and writing a 15,000-word dissertation.
The course is delivered via online modules through the University of St Andrews Dynamic Learning Environment. Students will have access to research publications, electronic databases and the University's library resources.
Over the course of the year, students will take six compulsory modules. It is not possible to enrol for individual modules at the Postgraduate Diploma level. Typically, each module is completed within two months and requires 100 hours of total study time, including completion of assessments. Module teaching materials are delivered online where students will have access to additional reference materials.
Students complete assessments online. The taught modules are continuously assessed through coursework, which students submit online. Coursework assessment includes multiple choice questions, short answer assignments, reference searches, and analysis of published research as well as a 5,000-word essay for the Small Scale Study module. There is no final exam for the course.
University tutors are available for support via email and telephone.
Each module typically comprises:
For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue.
The modules listed ran in the academic year 2015-2016 and are indicative of this course. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2016 entry.
Take a look at the most up to date modules in the module catalogue.
MSc students will spend one additional year researching and writing a 15,000-word dissertation on a practice-related topic of choice, integrating one area of specialised study with research methodology. Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process.
Many of our graduates from the MSc continue their education by enrolling in PhD programmes at St Andrews or elsewhere.
The Medical Research Council and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council offers studentships for PhD research in health, biological and related sciences covering up to four years funding and, in some cases, accommodation fees.
Graduates from the programme entered or continued their work in a variety of professions or as academics with a link to practice.
The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.
Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our Admissions policy.
As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online. (PDF, 72 KB).
The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online. (PDF, 84 KB).