C8K009 Developmental Psychopathology MSc Postgraduate Taught 2016
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.
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%).
- 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
Course 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.
Subjects required, level and grade
2:1 in Psychology or Psychology related subject (or equivalent).
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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.