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Kingston University MSc in Learning Disabilities Nursing
Kingston University

MSc in Learning Disabilities Nursing

Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom

2 Years


Full time

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GBP 9,250 / per year *


* home full-time: £9,250 | international full-time: £16,200


Why choose this course?

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-centred 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, analysing and synthesising 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 a 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.

Through simulations, and on placement, you'll work collaboratively with service users. Placement providers include South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust, Surrey and Borders Partnership Trust, Great Ormond Street, The Children's Trust, and The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability.

This course is designed for a small cohort of students, where you'll benefit from individual learning and support. You will be taught by our dynamic teaching team which includes leading researchers and experts in learning disability nursing from practice and the Department of Health. Our students are highly sought after and receive multiple job offers before their course is complete.

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.


This degree confers both an academic award and a professional qualification in nursing. On successful completion of the programme, you will be recommended to the Nursing and Midwifery Council for professional registration.



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