Ageing Health & Wellbeing in Intellectual Disability

Course Description
Ageing Health and Wellbeing in Intellectual Disability (P. Grad. Cert.) (On-line)
This interdisciplinary course will develop and strengthen the skills, competencies and knowledge of students, thus enabling them to promote and develop excellence in the delivery of care for people with an intellectual disability. Students will explore the physical health, policy and complex care needs of people with intellectual disabilities. The course will prepare them as leaders in quality and person-centred care for people with intellectual disabilities as they age.

The Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability, based at Trinity College Dublin, hosts IDS-TILDA, the world leading longitudinal research initiative focused on ageing and intellectual disability, the most complete multidisciplinary body of research in this field, directly informing policy and practice to enhance the lives of older people with intellectual disability. This new Interdisciplinary P.Grad.Cert will be underpinned by research emanating from the IDS-TILDA study.

Structure and delivery
All orientation and course content is delivered online; students are not required to attend onsite. The course will include 10 live webinars supported by discussion board topics and students' contributions.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
Postgraduate work in Trinity College Dublin is very academically challenging and as a result the University has high academic entry requirements.

Applicants will need to hold:
• at least a 2.1 honors degree from an Irish university or equivalent result from a university in another country
• a fluent command of the English language

All applicants to the School of Nursing and Midwifery whose first language is not English or who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:

IELTS: Grade 6.5 overall with a minimum of grade of 6.5 in each category

TOEFL: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based. The test taken here should be TOEFL IBT

University of Cambridge:
Proficiency Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)
Advanced Certificate, Grade C or better (CEFR Level C1 or C2)

Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 to be eligible (with no section score below 59)

An award certificate with a minimum II.1 overall score from Trinity's Centre for English Language Learning and Teaching's Pre-sessional Pathway Programme

Please note that test scores are only valid for two years.

Subjects taught

This online course is composed of three modules:
1. Health and Well-Being for Older Adults with Intellectual Disability in Contemporary Society
2. Principles and Perspectives of Service Delivery for Older Adults with Intellectual Disability
3. Complex Care Realities for the Older Person with an Intellectual Disability.


1 year
Masters in Science in Ageing Health and Wellbeing in Intellectual Disability
Candidates may apply to study on a full-time basis and take all modules in one year. Should the candidate choose the clinical practice module however, the M. Sc. course must be taken over two years part-time.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake September 2020

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