The MSc provides students with the unique opportunity to study developmental psychology across both childhood and adolescence. Drawing on the research interests and expertise of the teaching team the MSc will expose students to contemporary issues in developmental psychology. The team has links with local child and youth based organisations and students will be able to engage with professionals working in related fields.
The programme provides a solid grounding for students wishing to pursue a career working with children or young people or to further develop the knowledge base of individuals already working in a related field. Theories of developmental psychology will be explored and you will be encouraged to consider them in an applied context. You will be given the opportunity to study topics such as: developmental, emotional and behavioural problems, relationships in childhood and adolescence and cognitive development in the context of legal, health and educational settings. Your studies will culminate in the undertaking of a research project in an area of development that is of particular interest to you.
The MSc is suitable for students who wish to use it as a stepping stone to either (a) a PhD; (b) a professional doctorate; or (c) employment in related areas (eg education; social work, third sector, public sector).
Full-time students will take two 30-credit modules per semester, followed by a 60-credit dissertation in the spring and summer.
Part-time students take one module in each semester in years 1 and 2, and undertake the dissertation in year 3.
- Semester 1: The Psychology of Child Development; Research Methods - Semester 2: The Psychology of Youth; Psychological Science: Perspectives & Practicalities - Summer semester: A dissertation module, in which students undertake and write up an extended research project (with supervision).