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    1 years full-time | 2 years part-time

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    13 August 2019

Learn about developmental, emotional and behavioural problems, relationships in childhood and adolescence, and cognitive development in the context of legal, health and educational settings.

You will receive advanced training in psychological research methods and culminate your studies through an extended research project relevant to human development. The content and format of the paper should be suitable for publication in an academic journal in the field.

The transferable skills you will gain through this programme include data collection and analysis, research design, decision making, critical thinking and presentation skills.

The programme is structured to provide in-depth knowledge and skills specifically in the psychology of child and adolescent development. It provides excellent research training through a psychological research methods programme designed to meet the ESRC Postgraduate Training & Development Guidelines (2nd Edition, 2015).

The course is structured across three semesters, with teaching typically arranged over two consecutive days.

Course structure

Modules include:

  • Psychological Research Methods (60 credits)
  • Research Paper (60 credits)
  • Child Development (30 credits)
  • Adolescent Development (30 credits)

Teaching and assessment

You will learn through formal lectures, seminars, supported open learning, independent study and the virtual learning environments.

Our small class sizes and interactive teaching methods enable you to optimise your learning. Module tutors offer weekly office hours when you can access personalised support. You are also allocated an academic tutor with whom you can develop a supportive relationship whilst also working on a set programme of personal, academic and professional development.

Assessment methods include reports, essays and oral presentations. This will help to develop your skills and challenge you to reach your full potential. Formative activities are a chance to receive relevant feedback in preparation for subsequent summative assessments.

Two well-resourced psychology laboratories are permanently staffed by our technical team, who are on hand to offer support and guidance. Technical resources are continually updated and include portable and static eye-tracking equipment, surveillance rooms equipped with HD cameras and ceiling mounted microphones. Additionally you will have access to virtual reality headsets and motion sensors, Biopac physiological recording equipment, specialist software for creating, recording and analysing experimental stimuli and a range of questionnaires and psychometric tests.

Through the Students as Researchers scheme you can work alongside psychology staff as a research assistant on current research programmes. This method gives you the opportunity to collect and analyse data and possibly co-author a published research paper or present it at a national conference.

Visit the Psychology of Child & Adolescent Development MSc page on the York St John University website for more details!




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