This programme provides an opportunity for advanced study of children and their psychological development as well as specific research training in the area of developmental psychology. You will develop the essential skills needed to become a competent investigator in this field, ideal preparation for those wishing to pursue further professional training or a PhD.
The programme is taught through a combination of lectures, research seminars, workshops, tutorials, supervised seminar presentations, and independent reading and research. We employ diverse teaching methods to aid the quality of learning opportunities for students' understanding of child development and learning.
The course aims to develop your:
Ability to critically evaluate evidence and current issues in child development;
Ability to plan, design and carry out research in the domain of developmental psychology;
Knowledge and experience of different research methods in the study of children's psychological development;
Knowledge of theories about children's cognitive, motor, social and cultural development;
Own ideas and interests in the domain of child development;
Capacity to communicate and collaborate in the construction of knowledge about children's development.
The course is offered as an MSc, which carries 180 level 7 credit accumulation and transfer scheme (CATS) credits.
The MSc in Developmental Psychology is based on the completion of all modules, including the module Research Design Skills and a 10,000-word research-based dissertation.
The MSc programme may be taken on either a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students take all modules in one year split over the two semesters as indicated above. Part-time students split the work over two years with the research-based dissertation being done in the second year of study.
A Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Developmental Psychology is also available, involving successful completion of all modules except Research Design Skills and the research-based dissertation. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Developmental Psychology can also be gained upon successful completion of the modules Cognitive and Social Aspects of Development, Topics in Child Development & Learning, and Understanding Developmental Disorders.
International Student Requirements:
You should have English as your first language, or GCSE or O-level English Language, or an IELTS score of 7.0, or equivalent evidence of proficiency in English.