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Postgraduate PDip, MSc

Analysis and Intervention in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

This advanced professional development programme focuses on supporting practitioners in this field. Through campus-based workshops and clinical placements, you’ll gain a detailed knowledge of intellectual and developmental disabilities and learn how to arrange or provide support for individuals.

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Overview

Our placement opportunities provide supervised experience in applying the knowledge you gain from your academic modules to working life.

The deadline for applications in consideration for entry in September is the 18 July, and we advise applicants who wish to be considered for entry in September to apply and provide all supporting documents by this date. Applications will remain open after the deadline, and we may be able to continue to consider applications received after this date for entry in September. However, there may be insufficient time to do so, in which case consideration would be for entry the following academic year.

Reasons to study Analysis and Intervention in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at Kent

  • Study alongside some of the UK’s leading academics working in autism, learning disability and community care.
  • We offer a range of funding opportunities to fund your studies.
  • As a student or graduate, you can join the Tizard Practitioners’ Network of experts in the field.
  • Receive academic and professional support from leading clinicians and researchers in the intellectual and developmental disabilities field.
  • Benefit from our excellent links with health and social care organisations, and other relevant establishments.

What you'll learn

Coursework is taught through a mixture of web-based resources, directed reading, videos, lectures, seminars and practical sessions. You also work with skilled professionals through a number of workshops, where you have the opportunity to share ideas and experiences with fellow students.

You work in two different placements during the course of the programme: a service placement based at the Tizard Centre and an individual clinical placement based in a community learning disability team or social care service. You complete a dissertation which must be based on empirical research.

Your future

Our postgraduate courses improve employability prospects for both those with established careers and new entrants to the field. Many of our students already work with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in professional, management or supporting capacities.

Our programmes support their continuing professional development and enhance their opportunities for career advancement. Other students, who are at the beginning of their careers, move on to a range of professional roles in health and social care including working as psychologists in learning disability or behavioural specialists in community learning disability teams; service management of development roles; clinical psychology training or a PhD.

Career destinations include working as a consultant behaviour analyst, carer co-ordinator, service care manager, special needs teacher, quality officer, ABA tutor and research assistant in various health care organisations such as Dimensions UK Ltd, Care Management Group, Consensus Support Services, Mencap and Ambitious About Autism.

Career support
Whether you want to get ahead in your current career, change lanes, or kickstart a new one – we are here to help you realise your ambition.

Fees and funding

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk.

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

General additional costs

Find out more about general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent. 

Search our scholarships finder for possible funding opportunities. You may find it helpful to look at both:

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Next steps

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Learn more about the application process or begin your application by clicking on a link below.

You will be able to choose your preferred year of entry once you have started your application. You can also save and return to your application at any time.

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Kent ranked top 50 in The Complete University Guide 2024.

Fees and funding

Support for funding so you can focus on your studies.

Research excellence

Kent has risen 11 places in THE’s REF 2021 ranking, confirming us as a leading research university.

Student Support

Wherever you are studying from, you will have full access to our student support and wellbeing services.