This programme provides advanced study of topics in developmental psychology, with a specific focus on patterns of atypical development and childhood development disorders such as autism, dyslexia, ADHD and genetic disorders.
The programme addresses questions such as:
What is the relationship between typical and atypical development?
How do we know that a child's development is atypical and what criteria can we use to assess this?
How can we best explain the causes of atypical development and understand the effects on children's lives?
What programmes and interventions can help atypically developing children and how can they be best designed and implemented?
The School of Psychology is well placed to offer a programme which deals with these issues. It 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).
The programme consists of seven compulsory modules and a dissertation. Modules cover theoretical approaches to developmental psychology, an introduction to developmental disorders (including autism, dyslexia, SLI and dyscalculia), and descriptions of how such disorders are diagnosed and treated.
In addition, students complete modules on research skills and quantitative and qualitative data analysis in order to prepare them for conducting the research that will form the basis of their MSc dissertation. For their dissertation, students are encouraged to conduct their research with children who show atypical patterns of development or on relevant issues with typically developing children.
Students complete three modules per semester in addition to their dissertation. Each taught module involves a mixture of classes and seminars. The quantitative statistics module is lab-based. Student also see their tutor regularly for individual supervision on their research dissertation. Students are expected to spend at least an equivalent amount of time on private study and/or data collection each week as they do in teaching sessions.