Kingston University London - Learning Disabilities Nursing MSc

Kingston University London

Learning Disabilities Nursing MSc

If you're looking to make a positive difference in the lives of people with learning disabilities, and already have an undergraduate degree and experience in health and social care, this master's course is for you. You'll become a registered learning disabilities nurse in two years.

This course prepares you for a career in person-centered professional practice across a variety of health and social care settings. You will learn how to enable the design and evaluation of care for people with learning disabilities and their families. You will be challenged to develop skills in gathering, analyzing and synthesizing evidence to ensure health inequalities and social isolation are confronted and resolved.

You'll study the factors that affect people's health and well-being, the health inequalities in our society, and how we can improve health outcomes for people with learning disability and autistic spectrum conditions (ASC).

You'll explore the management of complex conditions across the lifespan, from children to the older person and those with dementia, or other mental or physical health needs.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Kingston is No.1 in London and No.6 in the UK for nursing and midwifery (Guardian University League table 2022).
  • Our expert academics are involved in research and shaping the future of learning disabilities nursing nationally and our nursing students have been finalists in the Student Nursing Times Awards from 2012 to 2022, with Jessica Ball winning Student Nurse of the Year: Learning Disabilities in 2022.
  • You will work directly with individuals with learning disabilities, their families/carers, as well as actors with learning disabilities from the Baked Bean Theatre Company, in our simulation suite.

Entry Requirements

  • A health- or science-related degree at 2.2 or above, completed in the last five years. Health and science-related degrees could include health studies, psychology, physiology, biology, social sciences, or related studies.
  • IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent overall and at least 6.5 in the writing section and at least 7 in the reading, listening and speaking sections.

Career Prospects

Once qualified, you will have a range of employment opportunities in leading NHS and independent organisations. Graduates have gained employment in areas such as:

  • Acute or primary care liaison nurses
  • Community learning disability nurses
  • Specialist nursing (eg. Epilepsy, behaviours that challenge)
  • Nurse therapists
  • Senior managers and leaders of the profession
  • Nurse consultants (learning disability)

Course Details

This course will share learning with adult, child, and mental health nursing students, where you can develop your skills in supporting people with learning disabilities across their lifespan.

Topics covered include factors affecting the health and well-being of individuals in our changing and diverse society, addressing health inequalities, and promoting improved health outcomes for people with learning disabilities.

Year 1

Foundations of life sciences for graduates
Establishing the fundamentals of nursing care
Assessment and care planning in learning disability nursing
Collaborative working for health and well-being in learning disability nursing
Introduction to professional practice
Developing professional practice

Year 2

Safe and effective quality care in learning disability nursing
Coordinating the care of people with learning disabilities with complex health care needs
Leadership in learning disability nursing
Advancing professional practice

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