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Current Ageing Issues in Intellectual Disability Research – IDS-TILDA Placement (10 ECTS)

Learning Outcomes

Following completion of this module the student should be able to:

analysis and evaluate:


This module will give students an understanding of how theoretical concepts in ageing and intellectual disability may be applied and further developed in research.


Students taking the research placement will develop an understanding of how research can contribute to knowledge in relation to supporting specific policy recommendations or practice-based decision making.

Methods of Teaching and Student Learning

Masterclass and group discussions, student-led discussion and student self-directed learning.

Module Content

IDS-TILDA Placement:

Those opting for the research-based placement with IDS-TILDA will, in consultation with the study PIs, identify and answer a research question that will add to existing knowledge in a specific area of ageing and intellectual disability. Selection of the research topic will be based upon learning in preceding modules, as well as students’ own professional experience, and will aim to contribute to an existing gap in knowledge for policy and/or practice. Students will be expected to manage the research process from data analysis to a paper written to academic journal standard.

Module Learning Aims

The aim of this module is to provide the student with the opportunity to apply structured classroom learning to practice to the research setting. To identify a relevant research question within the IDS-TILDA study on ageing and intellectual disability for analysis and have the opportunity to engage with live data at the Intellectual Disability Supplement to the Irish Longitudinal Study (IDS-TILDA) research laboratory.

Recommended Reading List

Detailed reading lists will be provided by session lecturers