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Developmental Disorders

MSc (Full Time)

Year:14/15
UCAS Code: 
Minimum Length:12 Month(s)
Maximum Length:12 Month(s)
Credit Points:180
Director of Studies:Dr VM Reid

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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The MSc in Developmental Disorders is designed to provide students with one year of in depth training into developmental psychology with a focus on atypical development across the lifespan. Students will acquire advanced knowledge of the theories and major findings in this field, and develop expertise in the methods and analytic techniques used in research. The dissertation is an important component of the course, in which students will develop their own original psychological research project under expert supervision. The course aims to develop the students in the following areas:
    Transferable skills
    Subject knowledge specific to atypical development
    Scientific methodology
in order to equip students for the specific and generic demands of proceeding directly into either employment or doctoral research in the developmental disabilities sector. 
This course is particularly aimed at students wishing to enter a more applied career in developmental disabilities, and is beneficial for students who: 1. wish to progress to a PhD in clinical, educational, or experimental psychology, 2. wish to boost their research skills en route to behavioural therapy, or clinical or educational psychology training, 3. have already qualified as behavioural therapists, care workers, clinical psychologists or educational psychologists, but wish to enhance their research skills before entering the job market, and 4. require additional knowledge about developmental disorders to apply to their work environment.
Transferable skills are developed throughout the taught modules and the dissertation.  The taught modules give students the opportunity to explore both basic and applied areas of Developmental Disorders.  The core module in Developmental Disorders: Topics in Cognition examines a broad range of basic theory in these areas. Students will explore how understanding atypical profiles can inform typical development and examine a wide range of cognitive and clinical profiles of individuals with developmental disorders.
We adopt a range of teaching methods, combining small group tuition with innovative, student-led teaching methods, and the use of diagnostic teaching software. Students can choose from other special-purpose modules to explore areas of personal interest, and to expand their knowledge of psychology.
On completion of the taught component of the course, the students undertake an extended research project which comprises the remaining 50% of the degree. The projects are tailored to allow the students to develop particular areas of speciality relating to developmental psychology and atypical development. The framework of the project enables students to enhance environmental problem solving methodologies through the focussed application of various scientific methodologies.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
On successful completion of this scheme of study students will understand how atypical profiles can inform typical development by examining a wide range of cognitive and clinical profiles of individuals with developmental disorders.  Specifically, they will:
• Have an appreciation of what can be learned from studying typical and atypical development within a scientific framework
• Understand and discuss different accounts of typical and atypical development, and how they might be distinguished
• Be able to apply psychological theories of development to educational and social policy issues
• Understand and discuss the specific research approaches which are designed to assess developmental disorders
• Think critically about a range of contemporary issues within developmental disabilities research
General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
On successful completion of this scheme of study students will have knowledge of both basic and applied areas of developmental disorders. In this programme, we aim to promote students’ knowledge of developmental psychology with a focus on atypical development across the lifespan. Students will acquire advanced knowledge of the theories and major findings in this field, and develop expertise in the methods and analytic techniques used in research.  Specifically, students will:
• Develop the ability to use psychological theory to apply it to a range of research and applied questions which focus on the nature of developmental disabilities
• Acquire a full range of library search and evaluation capabilities
• Develop their ability to prepare and deliver oral and written reports for a range of audiences, including academics and non-academic users of research (e.g., teachers, clinicians, policy makers)
• Develop their ability to prepare and deliver oral reports using a range of formats, including PowerPoint presentations
• Develop their ability to prepare and deliver written reports including academic research papers
• Acquire a full range of skills relevant to data management and manipulation, particularly in the widely used commercial IT packages Excel and SPSS
• Acquire a full range of research methodology skills of relevance to field research in an applied context, including skills in content analysis, accessing and handling sensitive data, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, multivariate statistics, and ethnographic and observational methods
• Develop their capacity for critically examining reports, including identifying and resolving potential ethical issues
• Develop their problem-solving skills including insight problem-solving and analysis
• Develop their skills in the kind of independent learning ability required for Continuing Professional Development.
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