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C8K009 Developmental Psychopathology MSc Postgraduate Taught 2015


UCAS code C8K009
Degree MSc
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 06-10-2015
Location Durham City
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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 3273

Course Content


The aim of the MSc Developmental Psychopathology is to provide advanced research training for students interested in pursuing careers in the field of research, child development and child health. The subject-specific and generic training provided by the course enables students to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required of a professional working in research in clinical, child health or other fields.

Research training forms a key focus of the MSc programme. In addition to providing training in basic research, the course aims to integrate perspectives from research with clinical and educational perspectives in practice. This distinctive emphasis is reflected in the learning outcomes, structure and assessment of this course.

Course Structure

Teaching is generally organised into a number of 10 week course units involving 2 to 3 hours of lectures, seminars and practicals per week. Each 10 week unit is assessed by means of one formative assignment and one summative assessment. The summative assessment counts towards the final degree. For the programme as a whole, this assessment is divided in roughly equal proportions between examinations (33.3%), written assignments (33.3%) and dissertation (33.3%).

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Core Modules

  • Advanced Developmental Psychopathology Review
  • Research Practice
  • Critical Analysis
  • Research Design in Child and Clinical Psychology
  • Current Issues in Developmental Psychology
  • Current Issues in Developmental Psychopathology
  • Applied Statistics
  • Dissertation.

Learning and Teaching

The programme is delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical classes. Lectures provide key information on a particular topic, such as eating disorders or depression. Seminars are held in order that small group teaching can take place, with focused discussion on specific topics. Finally, practical classes allow students to gain direct experience, particularly in Applied Statistics and in how to use statistical tools.

The balance of these types of activities varies as a function of the module. This is a year long course, with students also having a summer term during which time work is typically carried out on dissertation related activities. Students typically attend 12 hours a week comprising lectures, tutorials and seminars. Outside timetabled contact hours, students are also expected to undertake their own independent study to prepare for their classes and broaden their subject knowledge. Independent study is a key element to the course, with complex factors raised in lectures that do assume some prior knowledge of the topic area.

The programme is divided into three parts. One third, comprising four modules, is of subject specific topics related to developmental psychology and psychopathology. Each is delivered via a two to three hour lecture during one term or via seminars. A further three modules focus on research skills such as critical abilities and statistical knowledge that are necessary to understand developmental psychology and psychopathology. The final third of the programme is the dissertation module, which reflects the culmination of learning and practical endeavours from throughout the course via the production of an independent and original body of research material. This is performed under one to one supervision with a member of staff, with meetings varying in duration and frequency throughout the year as a function of the needs of the research project.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

2:1 in Psychology or Psychology related subject (or equivalent).

English Language requirements

IELTS of 7.0 or above in all components (with no component under 6.5) or equivalent.

Requirements and Admissions

The University accepts the following alternative English language tests and scores.

Fees and Funding

Fees shown are for one year. Total fee will depend on the length of your programme. All fees are subject to annual increases. For more information please visit the Tuition Fees page

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Department Information



The Department has particular research strengths in developmental psychology and psychopathology, cognitive neuroscience and vision, evolutionary psychology and emotion, social cognition and forensic psychology. There are weekly research seminars in addition to meetings organised by members of the Centre for Vision & Visual Cognition. There is also an active social side to the Department, with daily coffee meetings and term-time social events.

In Durham City the Department is based in an attractive purpose-built building which won a Civic Trust design award. It is part of the University's Mountjoy complex, within easy reach of the University Library. At Queen's Campus, Stockton, the Department occupies part of the riverside development and is actively involved in research carried out at the Wolfson Research Institute.


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