Gain advanced training in research methods in clinical and child development.
1 year full-time
1 year full-time
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 course. 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.
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 course as a whole, the assessments include examinations, written assignments, oral presentations and the dissertation.
The course is delivered predominantly through a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshop classes. Lectures provide key information on particular topics in the area of typical and atypical development. Seminars are held in order for smaller group teaching to take place, with focused discussion on specific topics. Finally, practical and workshop classes allow students to gain direct experience, particularly 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 course 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 conditions). 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 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.
2:1 in Psychology or Psychology related subject (or equivalent).
If you are an international student who does not meet the requirements for direct entry to this degree, you may be eligible to take a pre-Masters pathway course at the Durham University International Study Centre.
|Home students||£12,900 per year|
|EU students||£28,750 per year|
|Island students||£12,900 per year|
|International students||£28,750 per year|
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Career destinations for graduates include consultant, advisor, human resources professional, talent manager, business analyst, market researcher, public relations professional, marketeer, administrator, manager, civil servant, coach, trainer or teacher. However, the broad nature of the curriculum ensures that graduates also qualify for career destinations in clinical and healthcare settings.
The Department of Psychology provides a world-class teaching and research environment for postgraduate students in biological, cognitive, social, developmental psychology and neuroscience.
We offer both postgraduate taught courses and postgraduate research degrees. Our Masters courses provide you with core skills – ideal if you want to continue on to complete a PhD, take on a research position or enter the workplace.
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