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C8K009 Developmental Psychopathology MSc Postgraduate Taught  2016


UCAS code C8K009
Degree MSc
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 06-10-2016
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 clinical or educational psychology. The subject-specific and generic postgraduate training provided by the course enables students to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required of a professional conducting research in clinical, child development 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 research perspectives from clinical and educational psychology. This distinctive emphasis is reflected in the learning outcomes, structure and assessment of the course.

Course Structure

Teaching is generally organised into a number of 10 week course units involving 2 to 3 hours of lectures, seminars and workshops. Each 10 week unit is assessed by means of formative and summative assessments. The summative assessments count towards the final degree outcome. For the programme as a whole, the assessments include examinations, written assignments, oral presentations and the dissertation. 

Core Modules

  • Advanced Developmental Psychopathology Review (15 credits)
  • Research Practice (15 credits)
  • Critical Analysis (15 credits)
  • Research Design in Child and Clinical Psychology (15 credits)
  • Current Issues in Developmental Psychology & Psychopathology (30 credits)
  • Applied Statistics (30 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Course Learning and Teaching

The programme is delivered predominantly through a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshop classes. Lectures provide key information on a particular topic, such as ‘autism spectrum disorder’ or ‘developing interventions’. Seminars are held in order that smaller group teaching can take place, with focused discussion on specific topics. Finally, practical workshop classes allow students to gain direct experience, particularly in Applied Statistics and in how to use statistical tools.

The balance of this type of activity varies as a function of the module. This is a one year course, with students having a summer term to work on their dissertation related activities. Students typically attend approximately 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, as well as completing their dissertation. 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 three modules, is of subject specific topics related to developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology (with a specific focus on neurodevelopmental disorders). A further three modules focus on research skills such as critical thinking abilities and statistical knowledge that are necessary to understand developmental psychology and developmental 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 and the student.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

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

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

Requirements and Admissions

Fees and Funding

Full Time Fees

EU Student £6,500.00
Home Student £6,500.00
Island Student £6,500.00
International non-EU Student £19,900.00

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

Career Opportunities

Department of Psychology

For further information on career options and employability, including the results of the Destination of Leavers survey, student and employer testimonials and details of work experience and study abroad opportunities, please click here.

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Overseas Visit Schedule

Postgraduate Visits


Department Information

Department of Psychology


The Department of Psychology provides a world-class teaching and research environment for postgraduate students in biological, cognitive, social, developmental psychology and neuroscience. Our research facilities support activity in these domains of psychology. We offer both taught postgraduate as well as postgraduate research degree (MRes and PhD) programmes.

Our MSc programmes provide students with core skills, ideal for continuing on to complete a PhD, taking on a research position, or entering the workplace. Postgraduate taught and research students are supervised by academics with expertise in their fields and have the opportunity to engage with the vibrant research environment evident in the Department.

Students have access to dedicated laboratory space with equipment linked to teaching on the programmes and we are particularly well-equipped with opportunities for training in eye-movement recording, motion analysis and psychophysics. Specialist facilities are available which include Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and animal laboratory.


Ranked joint 1st in the UK for research environment in REF 2014.


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