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Ageing Health & Wellbeing in Intellectual Disability

Course Description
Ageing Health and Wellbeing in Intellectual Disability (P. Grad. Dip/MSc.)
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.Dip/M. Sc. 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.

For the other modules, a blended learning approach is utilised in the delivery of theoretical content which includes lectures, group discussions and self-directed learning. The assessment process is a combination of written and practical assignments. This course may include clinical and practice based learning and assessment and students may be required to attend additional sessions at associated service provider sites as well as at the student's practice base during year one of the course. There is some web-based learning involved.

The M.Sc. course takes place over two years on a part-time basis or one year on a full-time basis. The part-time course commences with a full week in September and thereafter one day per week for the remainder of the academic year. The full-time course involves an additional day for some weeks of the academic year.

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

Duration

1 year full-time.

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.

Further enquiries

Course Coordinators
Dr. Eilish Burke
Ussher Assistant Professor in Ageing and Intellectual Disability, TCD.
Associate Director of the Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability
t: +353 (0)1 896 1749
e: eburke7@tcd.ie

Subjects taught

This course is composed of the following modules:
Postgraduate Diploma in Ageing Health and Wellbeing in Intellectual Disability
1. Health and Well-Being for Older Adults with Intellectual Disability in Contemporary Society (online)
2. Principles and Perspectives of Service Delivery for Older Adults with Intellectual Disability (online)
3. Complex Care Realities for the Older Person with an Intellectual Disability (online)
4. Theory and Practice of Enquiry Methods for Healthcare
5. Leadership, Quality Improvement and Governance

And a choice between one of the following modules
6. Advanced Knowledge Translation Practicum in Ageing and Intellectual Disability (Clinical Placement)
7. Current Ageing Issues in Intellectual Disability Research (IDS-TILDA Placement).

Masters in Science in Ageing Health and Wellbeing in Intellectual Disability
Year One:
1. Health and Well-Being for Older Adults with Intellectual Disability in Contemporary Society (online)
2. Principles and Perspectives of Service Delivery for Older Adults with Intellectual Disability (online)
3. Complex Care Realities for the Older Person with an Intellectual Disability (online)
4. Theory and Practice of Enquiry Methods for Healthcare
5. Leadership, Quality Improvement and Governance

And a choice between one of the following modules

6. Advanced Knowledge Translation Practicum in Ageing and Intellectual Disability (Clinical Placement)
7. Current Ageing Issues in Intellectual Disability Research (IDS-TILDA Placement)

Year Two:
Research Dissertation (30 ECTS)

Application date

Closing Date 30th June 2019.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake September 2019

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