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MSc Developmental Disorders

Course Description

The MSc Developmental Disorders course is for you if you are a professional currently working in Education, Health or Social Care.

The course is delivered by a specialist team from the Dyscovery Centre, which is based at the Caerleon campus, and a range of internationally renowned expert contributors in the field of developmental disorders. Students at the University of South Wales, will experience a blended approach to learning will include face to face study, group work and debate as well as online web based lively discussion, information seeking opportunities, personal tutorial support, formative and summative assessment. This approach provides flexibility to students in managing their study. In addition, this ensures that there is the opportunity for UK and international students to participate and contribute fully to this dynamic course, to gain an understanding of current practice in developmental disorders.

The MSc Developmental Disorders course is unique in offering all professionals working with service users who have a suspected or diagnosed developmental disorder the opportunity to study together to ensure that a holistic picture of current practice is gained.

The philosophy of the postgraduate programme is grounded in an evidence base that people with developmental disorders have usually an overlapping pattern of difficulties rather than one disability alone. This drives the course to not only be interdisciplinary in nature but also to consider different models of disability, aetiology and management strategies.

What you study

Year 1
Module 1 - An overview of developmental disorders
This module considers current definitions, classification and terminology as well as debating the overlapping nature of developmental disorders. It begins to consider the roles and expectations of stakeholders within a collaborative framework and critiques a range of literature that provides the evidence base for practice.

Module 2 - The assessment and diagnosis of developmental disorders
This module focuses upon the tools for diagnosis of a range of developmental disorders and those used in research. It builds upon the previous module and uses the bio-psychosocial model of disability to frame assessment. An emphasis is placed upon gaining a holistic picture of the individual’s living and learning needs.

Year 2
Module 3 - Management of developmental disorders
This module considers the current thinking about the medical, rehabilitative and educative approaches to intervention and management of developmental disorders. It will also consider the impact of intervention upon the individual’s life.

Module 4 - Research methods for developmental disorders
This module develops the research skills and processes to enable you to use relevant research to inform your practice, and to also carry out clinical and/or educational research.

Year 3
The dissertation is your opportunity to explore issues of professional and personal interest in depth by applying skills as a researcher. This may build upon topics that you have investigated earlier in your studies. On successful completion you will be encouraged and supported to disseminate your work. During the dissertation stage of the course you will be supported by a personal tutor.

Where Next?
It is envisaged that the unique, inter disciplinary approach to learning will ensure that you not only gain a conceptual understanding of developmental disorders but a sound consideration of the management strategies necessary when setting up a service.

You could go on to undertake a Doctorate (PhD) in an area of specialist interest at the University of South Wales or further develop your clinical specialism. There will be opportunity to discuss your future options with the team.

Visit the MSc Developmental Disorders page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

Entry Requirements

• You are eligible for the MSc Programme if you are an appropriately qualified practitioner and able to access professional practice that will enable you to complete the applied, practical study element. • You should be a graduate, able to demonstrate appropriate practical, professional experience in order to participate on the course. • Where English is not a first language, applicants are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English Language at IELTS level 6 or equivalent

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