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 must be completed within one calendar year from October to September. The focus of the Postgraduate Diploma is on a structured approach to formulating research questions, data collection and analysis and improving practice through findings. Students will learn the skills of a research practitioner.
For those progressing on to the MSc, you will spend an additional year researching and writing a 15,000-word dissertation. Students will apply the knowledge and research skills gained in the PG Diploma to carry out research that will benefit the quality of service, care and life of adults with learning disabilities.
- Students have full electronic access to the University of St Andrews library resources, including full-text journals and other online resources.
- Materials are written in an interactive style and are designed to encourage you to use your own workplace experiences as a basis for new learning and the development of research skills.
The course is delivered via online modules through the University of St Andrews Dynamic Learning Environment (Moodle). Students will have access to research publications, electronic databases and the University's library resources.
In the PGDip, students will take six compulsory modules over the course of the year. 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 reviews, and analysis of published research as well as developing a full research proposal. There is no final exam for the course.
University tutors are available for support via email and telephone.
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