Developmental Disorders - MSc


Lancaster University    Department of Psychology

Full time & Part time October MSc 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time 31 August 2022

About the course

Scholarships of up to £5000 are available from Lancaster University to help with the cost of our programmes. To find out if you are eligible for any of our scholarships, please visit our dedicated scholarships

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Entry Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Psychology or related cognate discipline.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.


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Jemma Coulton

I started the MSc in Developmental Disorders at the University of Lancaster in October 2011. I was excited about the opportunity to return to psychology and chose Lancaster because of the diverse range of topics covered on the Masters course.

The course was well organised and the content was varied and interesting. I was able to further my understanding of developmental psychology and developmental disorders, such as William’s syndrome and autism. I also had the opportunity to study the development of language, speech and hearing and child language disorders, such as dyslexia. I found all of the modules I studied were enjoyable and informative. I also was able to develop my research and statistical skills and to put these into practice while completing my dissertation.

The lecturers, professors and postgraduate coordinators were always approachable and helpful, and went out of their way to make sure that my time at Lancaster was worthwhile and enjoyable.

After graduating from Lancaster I worked as a teaching assistant in a special needs school for children with autism spectrum disorders. I was able to put into practice the knowledge I gained through the masters and develop my understanding of how psychology can be applied to education.

In November I started work as a researcher at the National Foundation of Educational Research. I work as part of the Centre for Assessment, which involves developing educational assessments and conducting assessment related research, particularly in the area of literacy development. I believe that the skills I gained at Lancaster in research methods and statistics, and in the understanding of reading development, were instrumental in gaining this position and continue to be of use as I go further.

Studying the MSc in Developmental Disorders has been extremely beneficial; it has allowed me to further my career and to work in an area which I find fascinating. I have good memories of my time at Lancaster and would recommend the masters to anyone who wishes to further their understanding of developmental psychology.

Kirsten Nokling
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I found the MSc in Developmental Disorders to be a challenging and thought-provoking year of growth and discovery as I developed and enhanced my skills in analytical writing and my understanding of child psychology.

Having completed the MSc in Developmental Disorders, as a direct result from this additional qualification, I was then offered a full time Assistant Psychologist Post at the Spectrum Specialist Research Centre for the Study of Bipolar Disorder.

In this environment I was able to gain relevant research and clinical experience. I was also able to publish my MSc Thesis in two separate papers. My overall aim was to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology. I applied in my first year working as an Assistant Psychologist and gained feedback that a years’ full time experience was required – I only had 6 months at the time of application.

I gained another one year Assistant Psychologist Contract, and have this year been successful in gaining a place at Cardiff on the Clinical Psychology Training Course. Having been offered a job immediately after completing my MSc I had no gaps in my CV, and am certain that this MSc enhanced my chances of employment significantly, resulting in me being successful in my application for this post.

Throughout the MSc course I met many dedicated and knowledgeable staff, and found everyone very happy to help. The lecturers and the postgraduate coordinators, the professors, and the statisticians, all of whom we came into contact with regularly were extremely helpful and caring. Furthermore, I created lasting friendships with my peer groups on the MSc, many of whom I am still see regularly as they work on their PhD programmes.

I particularly enjoyed the MSc thesis as it gives the opportunity for such independent writing and the possibility to study any area which is of interest to each individual and to work at your own pace. It was a very positive experience, and I particularly enjoyed the way postgraduates are treated and valued within the department.

Scholarships

At Lancaster, we are delighted to offer scholarships to high-achieving Home students.

The scholarship is awarded as a £4000 tuition fee waiver for Postgraduate Taught programmes, for 2022 entry and will be automatically awarded if students meet the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions outlined below:

Value of Scholarship(s)

£4000

Eligibility

Must have achieved or be expecting a 1st Class Hons degree.
Applicants must be in receipt of either a conditional or an unconditional offer for a place at Lancaster University for October 2022 entry, which you have accepted.
Fully funded applicants are not eligible for this scholarship.
Partially funded applicants for less than 50% of their fees, would be eligible for this scholarship.
Awardees must be classed as Home fee-paying students for tuition fee purposes, for the duration of their studies.

Application Procedure

You do not need to apply for this scholarship - you will automatically be considered for it on application.


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Lancaster University will offer a reduction in tuition fees for all taught Masters programmes for eligible applicants, determined by the level of undergraduate or postgraduate award achieved.

The value of the scholarship is as follows:

If you hold an Undergraduate degree from Lancaster University:
20% fee reduction for 1st Class Hons degree holders
10% fee reduction for 2:1 Hons degree holders
If you already hold a Postgraduate degree from Lancaster University

For students who intend taking a second taught masters programme at Lancaster University:
20% fee reduction for Master's with Distinction degree holders
10% fee reduction for Master's with Merit degree holders

Please note that the Alumni Loyalty Scholarship will be based on the most recent programme of study undertaken at Lancaster University.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10%-20% fee reduction

Eligibility

Must hold an undergraduate or postgraduate degree from Lancaster University

Application Procedure

You do not need to apply for this scholarship - you will be automatically considered for it upon application.


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Lancaster University is delighted to announce that we will offer a generous scholarship to high-achieving students from all international countries, who are liable for International tuition fees.

The £5000 scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee waiver for Postgraduate Taught programmes for 2022 entry and will be automatically awarded if students meet the eligibility criteria and terms and conditions.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5000

Eligibility

Applicants must be studying Postgraduate Taught degree-level programmes, offered fully on-campus at Lancaster University for October 2022 entry.
Applicants must be in receipt of either a conditional or an unconditional offer for a place at Lancaster University for October 2022 entry, which you have accepted (non‐UCAS applications) or accepted firmly (UCAS applications).
Fully funded applicants are not eligible for this scholarship.
Awardees must be classed as Overseas or International fee-paying students for tuition fee purposes

Application Procedure

You do not need to apply for this scholarship - you will be automatically considered for it upon application.


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