Clinical Psychology of Severe Intellectual Disability


  • Context – history, aetiology and phenomenology
  • Delayed and different development
  • Psychological intervention
  • Gene-brain-behaviour relationships
  • Aetiology of behaviour disorder
  • Learning theory and the assessment of behaviour disorder
  • Learning theory and interventions for behaviour disorder
  • Controversial interventions


  • 10 x 2 hour lectures
  • 10 x 1 hour directed reading
  • 1 x 1 hour (exam review)
  • Office hours 10 x 1 hour


  • Coursework report (40%). The format is a clinical case report based on assessment information provided for a hypothetical clinical case
  • Examination (60%). Two sections to the exam. Candidates are required to answer one question in essay format from each section with a choice of two or three questions in each section

Please note that the format of papers in the supplementary examinations may differ from the equivalent main examination paper or class test. Deferral students should check the details of the assessment format of supplementary examinations with the Module Leader.

Key skills

  • Written communication
  • Team work
  • Critical review of research articles
  • Report writing
  • Computing and IT
  • Observational data capture, analysis and interpretation
  • Gathering information