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Psychology of Childhood Adversity

Overview
The programme provides advanced study of topics in developmental psychology, with a specific focus on development in the context of adversity.

Childhood adversity refers to factors extrinsic to the child such as growing up in contexts of parental psychopathology, economic deprivation and community conflict. Psychological, educational and behavioural outcomes of adversity will be explored as well as the predictors, mediators and moderators of outcome.

The MSc will also focus on international contexts of childhood adversity and will address the impact of war and conflict, sexual violence and exploitation and the challenges faced by children who live in and work on the streets. It will examine the cultural sensitivities that researchers and humanitarian workers need to keep in mind when working in non-Western settings and explore both mental health and psychosocial interventions that seek to help children and young people affected by humanitarian disasters.

The study of the psychology of childhood adversity will address questions such as:

What aspects of childhood adversity impact of child and adolescent development?

How do intrinsic (eg child's personality) and extrinsic (eg parenting) factors interact to moderate outcomes of adversity?

What programmes and interventions can help children growing up in adversity and how can they be best designed and implemented?

Entry requirements

Entrance requirements
Graduate
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above in Psychology or an acceptable related discipline, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

Applicants with relevant work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL).

Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for more information.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years)

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

•Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

•Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Duration

1 year full time / 2 years part time.

Teaching Times
Teaching takes place in the morning and afternoon, usually over 2 days (Tuesday/Wednesday). The course may include additional workshops outside normal teaching hours.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Introduction
The programme is designed to prepare graduate students for more advanced research in developmental psychology, for professional training in psychology or related disciplines, and/or for employment in children's voluntary or statutory services. It will also provide graduates with the research skills and knowledge to carry out a PhD in developmental psychology and/or in childhood studies, and to pursue an academic career.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

http://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/careers/

Further enquiries

Dr Teresa Rushe
Programme Director
School of Psychology
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 4336
Email: t.rushe@qub.ac.uk

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Course Details
The programme consists of compulsory and optional modules and a dissertation (MSc route only). Students take half the taught modules in semester 1 and half in semester 2. Teaching time is usually over 2 days (Tuesday/Wednesday).

Modules include:
Childhood Adversity (20 credits)
Improving Outcomes with Evidence Based Interventions (10 credits)
Principles of Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analyses (10 credits)
Quantitative Data Analysis 1 (10 credits) and 2 (10 credits)
Research Design and Professional Skills (10 credits)
Theoretical Perspectives on Child and Adolescent Development (20 credits)
Quantitative Data Analyses 1 (10 credits) and 2 (10 credits)
Psychological Methods in Developmental Research (10 credits)
Children in International Contexts of Adversity (10 credits)
Dissertation (60 credits)

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Psychology of Childhood Adversity highlights
Please note: Applications for this course, received after 30th June may not be accepted. A deposit will be required to secure a place.

Internationally Renowned Experts
•The School has a long-standing reputation for research and practice in developmental psychology and currently offers two professional Doctorates in applied areas of psychology (clinical and educational).

Assessment method

Dissertation
Coursework assignments
Class tests

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. We advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply. See application weblink below.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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