In this programme, we aim to promote students’ knowledge of developmental psychology with a focus on atypical development across the lifespan. The degree builds on the Department’s research strengths in this area, with core material from course team members who specialise in Autism Spectrum Disorder, cognitive development in atypical populations and language and literacy development.
You will acquire advanced knowledge of the theories and major findings in this field, and develop expertise in the methods and analytic techniques used in research.
The course is aimed at graduates wishing to enter an applied or research career in developmental disabilities, and is beneficial for students who wish to progress to a PhD in clinical, educational, or experimental psychology. It is also suited to those who wish to boost their research skills en route to, or after, behavioural therapy or clinical or educational psychology training.
Modules Compulsory modules: • Analysing and Interpreting Data • Conducting and Presenting Psychological Research • Developmental Disorders • Developmental Psychology • Research Dissertation
Optional modules (choose from topics in the following areas, which vary year-to-year and are aligned with our expertise): • Applied Aspects of Psychology • Cognitive Psychology • Developmental Psychology • Neuroscience • Social Psychology
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.
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.
The Department is delighted to offer a limited number of prestigious scholarships of up to £3,000 to students taking Masters courses in the Psychology Department in 2016. All eligible applicants who have received an offer from us by 31 March 2016 will be considered for these and successful candidates will be informed as soon as possible after that date. Any remaining scholarships may be allocated at a later date, up to 31 July 2016.
Value of Scholarship(s)
up to £3000.00
The Department is delighted to offer a limited number of prestigious scholarships of up to £3,000 to students taking Masters courses in the Psychology Department in 2016
The first round will be assessed after 31 March and there may be additional scholarships available until the end of July. All eligible students who have received an offer from us by 31 March 2016 will be considered for this first round, and successful candidates will be informed as soon as possible after that date.
Lancaster University will offer a reduction in tuition fees to all taught Master’s programmes for eligible applicants, determined by the level of undergraduate award achieved. The value of the scholarship is as follows: 20% fee reduction for 1st Class Hons degree holders 10% fee reduction for 2:1 Hons degree holdersWho is eligible?To be eligible for the Alumni Loyalty Scholarship you must either: Hold an undergraduate degree from Lancaster University (achieved at any time) or Hold an undergraduate degree from Lancaster University, achieved at any time, including one delivered through an associated institution, or Have graduated from one of our partner institutions with a Lancaster University degree (LU Ghana; Sunway University Malaysia; Goenka Institution India; or COMSATS Pakistan) or Have studied at Lancaster University via our Study Abroad programmeThe Scholarship is open to all our Alumni, regardless of their nationality or year of graduation. You do not need to apply for this scholarship, you will qualify automatically if you meet the eligibility criteria and the course entry requirements
Value of Scholarship(s)
Minimum of £739.00 for Full Time UK/EU (as an example)
To be eligible for the Alumni Loyalty Scholarship you must either: Hold an undergraduate degree from Lancaster University (achieved at any time) or Hold an undergraduate degree from Lancaster University, achieved at any time, including one delivered through an associated institution, or Have graduated from one of our partner institutions with a Lancaster University degree (LU Ghana; Sunway University Malaysia; Goenka Institution India; or COMSATS Pakistan) or Have studied at Lancaster University via our Study Abroad programmeThe Scholarship is open to all our Alumni, regardless of their nationality or year of graduation.
You do not need to apply for this scholarship, you will qualify automatically if you meet the eligibility criteria and the course entry requirements