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Development and Psychopathology (MSc)

Course Description

This course takes a lifespan perspective on psychological disorder; you will study the science of development of from infancy through adolescence to older age.

It is suited for those interested in academic, clinical, educational and research careers. The School has excellent resources for teaching and research in developmental psychopathology. The Winnicott Research Unit (WRU) studies child development and disorder. The WRU and NHS partnered clinics and training centres based at the School offer excellent research placement opportunities. These include the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression in Young People, the Berkshire Memory and Cognition Research Centre (specialising in dementia), the Charlie Waller Institute for Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment, and the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies facility.

Modules include:

• Developmental Psychopathology
• Methods in Developmental Psychopathology
• Methods in Clinical Psychology
• Clinical Neuropsychology
• Research Methods and Transferable Skills in Psychology
• Data Analysis 1 & 2

What career can you have?

Our MSc courses are research intensive, providing essential training in analytical ability, methods awareness and critical thinking, among other fundamental transferable skills. Our courses have a long-standing reputation for preparing students to undertake PhD research and further postgraduate clinical training. Our students move on to PhD positions, applied and clinical psychology posts in the NHS and private sector, as well as non-psychology positions in industry.


Complement your postgraduate study of Psychology through a number of NHS partnered clinics, professional training centres and research placements in neuroscience, developmental psychopathology and clinical research.

The Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics provides access to state-of-the art technology and expertise in cognitive and computational neuroscience, alongside facilities for experimental and observational research, including a number of specialist laboratories (e.g. virtual reality, ageing, infant vision, infant language, auditory perception, body kinematics, psychophysiology, TMS, EEG).

We provide excellence in research training for both specialist and transferable skills. You will benefit from the many collaborative ventures of staff and from their involvement with major psychological societies, international conferences, journals and funding bodies.

We monitor your progress carefully and coursework is used as an opportunity for feedback and personal development.

Visit the Development and Psychopathology (MSc) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

As our popular courses are consistently oversubscribed we advise early applications (prior to May each year) since we cannot accept applicants once the courses are full. Entrants are normally required to have obtained an Honours degree in Psychology or a related discipline (for example, Cognitive Neuroscience). Your degree should have included biological psychology as required by the British Psychological Society. Applicants should have gained, or expect to gain, a class mark of 2:1 or better (i.e. 60% international equivalent, e.g. US GPA of 3.0).

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