Postgraduate taught 

Psychological Therapies for People with Intellectual Disabilities PgCert: Online distance learning

The aim of this programme is to provide you with comprehensive knowledge and understanding of factors affecting the well-being and quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities. You will engage with contemporary debates on implementing well-being interventions, facilitating a research-informed approach to improving psychological support. As a graduate you will be able to make practical use of your learning, ultimately becoming a leader in the field of well-being in intellectual disabilities.

  • PgCert: 12 months part‑time

Why this programme

Top 10 in the UK for PsychologyProgramme features:

  • One-of-a-kind programme in Scotland, the UK and internationally.
  • It closes a gap in skills within health and social care services and the education sector that offers support to people with intellectual disabilities and mental ill-health.
  • No other university-based psychological therapies qualifications are available in Scotland, the wider UK and internationally specifically for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
  • A unique qualification within the wider UK and internationally that is well-placed to meet government guidance in relation to best practice.

Opportunities for students to develop:

  • A detailed knowledge of the evidence on the mental health difficulties of individuals with intellectual disabilities, and how these may differ from the general population.
  • Understanding of research principles and methods relevant to interventions to improve quality of life and wellbeing for people with intellectual disabilities, particularly in relation to psychological interventions to improve the quality of life and promote wellbeing in individuals with intellectual disabilities.
  • Skills and knowledge in designing, implementing, and evaluating psychological interventions to improve the quality of life and promote wellbeing in individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Programme structure

The programme will be delivered online including lectures, tutorials, group discussions, case-studies, problem-based learning scenarios, specialist online external lectures/seminars, practice-based discussions around reflective practice and literature-based research.

Typical assessment methods include production of case work e.g. formulation and support plan, practical skills assessment, written reports and essays, oral presentation to present outcomes of practice-based work and production of written reviews of literature.  

Content is delivered by both University of Glasgow staff and guest lectures in a variety of formats.

The programme consists of 3 core modules:

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

Students from this programme are likely to develop their career within health and social care or educational setting working with people with intellectual disabilities. 

Options include:

  • Working for the NHS within community settings or inpatient settings
  • Working in health care settings (e.g. hospital, community) internationally
  • Working for social care providers, including many of the big third sector providers throughout the UK and wider UK e.g. Enable Scotland, Mencap, United Response, National Autistic Society
  • Working within educational settings, including special schools

Typical job titles would include:

  • Learning disability nurse
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Specialist nurse
  • Special education needs teacher
  • Support worker

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Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2021-22



  • Full-time fee: £4350
  • Fees with NHS-discount: £3,150 

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
  • Registration/exam only fee: £170

Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only

Entry requirements

  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree, typically in nursing, psychology, social work, or other relevant social sciences, OR comparable professional qualification
  • A CV
  • A personal statement
  • References
  • At least three years relevant experience within the health and social care sector working (paid or voluntary) with people with intellectual disabilities AND
  • All applicants must have a current role in services for people with intellectual disabilities.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no sub-test under 6.0. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ib, my best or athome)

  • 90 with minimum R 20, L 19, S 19, W 23. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

PTE (Academic)

  • 60 with minimum 59 in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.


  • 120 with 120 in two or more sub-scores including literacy and no subscore below 110 for direct entry, in-sessional support requirement available for those with 120, 100 for 5 week PSE, 100 for 10 week PSE. Please see: Pre-sessional courses.
  • Tests must have been taken within 1 year of start date.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Undergraduate degree from English speaking country (including Canada if taught in English)
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from English speaking country
  • Undergraduate 2+2 TNE degree taught in English in non-English speaking country
  • Masters degree from English speaking country
  • Masters degree (equivalent on NARIC to UK masters degree) taught in English in non-English speaking country.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.

Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.


As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • One reference letter on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process.

You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately; they are also available within the help section of the online application form. 

If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.

Reference: Please provide one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload then please enter your referee’s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.

Application deadlines

Applications for this online programme will be accepted up until it commences.

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