MSc Analysis and Intervention in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

University of Kent, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Program Description

MSc Analysis and Intervention in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

University of Kent, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Globally, some 70 million people have an intellectual disability and/or autism. The pattern of service provision in high income countries is often similar to that in the UK, though by no means universally so. Institutions remain the only option in many countries and even such rudimentary services as institutions are not available in many low income countries.

Despite the successes many challenges remain. Many children and adults, especially those with complex needs, continue to live out of their local areas in institutional settings. Many children and families do not receive the early intervention or support that they need. Most adults do not have the opportunity to work. Health care remains of very poor quality. In short, many children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or autism continue to be discriminated against and excluded from many aspects of an ordinary life.

Changing this state of affairs requires staff with great skills. These skills include the capacity to understand and work with individuals for example, making sure that "challenging" behaviour does not prevent participation in ordinary activities. These skills also include the capacity to understand and work with systems for example, making sure that commissioners are aware of the needs of families or that policy and practice are consistent. We seek to develop this range of skills so that successful graduates have an in-depth understanding of all of the issues necessary to improve service provision, individual behaviour, staff attitudes and responses, organisations and their resistance to change, sound approaches to gathering and evaluating evidence and the social/policy context.


Applications received after April 4th will be considered for 2015 entry. It may be possible in exceptional circumstances to consider some post-4th April applications for 2014 entry, should spaces become available through students being withdrawn.

All students offered a place for 2014 entry should meet their conditions of offer by May 23rd 2014. If this is not done, we will defer them to 2015.

The courses

Our postgraduate courses all have one or more of three components:

  • Coursework, lectures, seminars and associated academic assignments on Service Issues, Research Methods, Social Psychology of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Behavioural Analysis and Intervention and including an Extended Essay
  • placements - clinical and service placements providing supervised experience and practical skill development
  • dissertation - a supervised research project on some aspect of intellectual/developmental disability

Postgraduate certificate students complete coursework over one or two years. Postgraduate diploma students combine coursework with either placements or a dissertation, again usually over 1-2 years. MA students combine coursework with a longer dissertation. MSc students complete all three components in 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time). The choice is yours!

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
1 - 2 years
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Start date Sept. 2017
United Kingdom Canterbury, England
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