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MSc Development, Disorders and Clinical Practice

Gain an understanding of cognitive neurodevelopmental disorders within the context of typical development

Year of entry: 2019

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

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This MSc combines theoretical grounding in development and its disorders with practical experience in clinical assessment and diagnosis. You will focus on on dyslexia, developmental language disorder, autism, ADHD, and dyscalculia.

Combining perspectives from cognitive psychology, developmental cognitive neuroscience, and applied clinical and educational practice, you'll look at topical issues such as co-morbidity between disorders, and the implications of cognitive disorders for children’s mental health. 

Industry-standard facilities

Including a multimodal Action Perception Laboratory, two MRI scanners and an MEG scanner

Ranked 8th in the UK for Psychology

Times Higher Education World University League Table (2019)

Excellent research

Ranked 4th for overall performance and 2nd for the quality of research papers (outputs) in the Times Higher Education's ranking of REF 2014

Course content

This course is made up of 180 credits, consisting of modules split over three terms and a substantial empirical research project.

You will be taught by academic experts within the Department of Psychology as well as external professional clinical and educational psychologists.

Your empirical research project is a chance to work on designing and implementing a theoretically-motivated piece of pure or applied research.

Modules

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Dissertation

Empirical Project

As part of this MSc you will be given the opportunity to undertake a novel piece of empirical work on a topic at the cutting-edge of research into development and disorders. You will be supervised by faculty members who have relevant expertise in fields such as:

  • language and literacy development and dyslexia
  • numerical cognition and dyscalculia
  • socio-communicative skills and autism
  • genetic disorders (eg Down Syndrome, 22q deletion syndrome)
  • the impact of sleep on learning and memory

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a deep and systematic understanding of cognitive neurodevelopmental disorders within the context of typical cognitive and neurological development, and the research paradigms used to investigate the causes, diagnosis and remediation of these disorders, with particular emphasis on educational and clinical implications.
  • Critically evaluate theories within and beyond the field of neurodevelopmental disorders, using empirical evidence to support their reasoning and arguments.
  • Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of a range of advanced research paradigms, research methods and measurement techniques, including statistical analysis, with a specific focus on measuring developmental outcomes, identifying causal relationships, and educational and clinical assessment.
  • Design, conduct and interpret systematic, scientifically rigorous and ethically sound studies, using a combination of advanced quantitative (and where appropriate, qualitative) methods and statistics, supported by state-of-the-art software, in the context of methodologies used in developmental psychology.
  • Solve complex scientific problems in developmental psychology using evidence-based reasoning to identify new research questions, devise methods to address them, consider alternative approaches, evaluate outcomes, and ultimately apply these skills to real-world problems.
  • Communicate complex concepts effectively using written, oral and graphical means appropriate to the discipline, adapting the content and presentation style to make it appropriate to specific audiences and settings: academic research outlets, parents, teachers, clinicians and other professionals.
  • Demonstrate that they are able to work autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level, making decisions based upon complex and uncertain information, take responsibility for their own learning and professional development, and work effectively as a member of a team.
The team supporting this course is wonderful. Working with people from many different backgrounds made discussions and evaluation of work so interesting. Currently, I am gaining experience as a Neurodevelopmental Specialist in an NHS children’s clinic. I’d like to go on to do a Doctorate in a setting that bridges the gap between education and mental health.
Johanna de Lafargue, MSc Development, Disorders and Clinical Practice (2018)

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2019/20

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year) £8,580£21,640

Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Additional costs

We don't anticipate there being any additional costs associated with this course as all text books are available in the library or via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Depending on how you work you may wish to print out notes, costs for this will vary depending on your methods of working. 

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

Home/EU students

International students

Departmental funding

Psychology International MSc scholarship

Psychology MSc scholarship

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Teaching format

During this course, you'll be taught through lectures, seminars, practicals and group work. As the course progresses, you'll have greater independence with the emphasis being on choice, specialisation, and independent study, all supported by supervisors.

Lectures will take place in our state-of-the-art lecture theatre which is equipped with multiple screens for presentations, audio amplification and lecture recording facilities. 

Seminars focus on small group work, discussions and presentations. You will gain knowledge in all aspects of research, from designing and carrying out experiments to analysing, critically evaluating and interpreting results. This experience will equip you with valuable skills that you will apply in your final empirical project.

Through the Virtual Learning Environment, you will have online access to teaching materials, including lecture slides and recordings, practical demonstrations and supporting materials.

Facilities

Our Department is purpose-built with superb teaching facilities including our EEG Lab, TMS Lab and Sleep Lab.

Teaching location

The Department of Psychology is located on Campus West.

Most lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical work, staff offices and laboratories are in our purpose-built psychology building.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Modules are assessed through a variety of different assignments and exams including essays, critical analysis, presentations, practical reports, and a dissertation and poster presentation based on the Empirical Project. 

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Careers and skills

This MSc will enhance your transferable skills as well as the skills required for careers in a range of industries. For example, you’ll learn a variety of research techniques that can be applied to development and disorders and how to apply them; as well as carrying out extensive independent research. Our graduates go on to complete PhDs typically in psychology or neuropsychology. Others go on to pursue careers in Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Speech Language Therapy or find work as Assistant Psychologists and Research Assistants. 

The Department's Employability Coordinator works closely with the University Careers Service, which offers our students an additional range of career and recruitment events, skills sessions and one-to-one advice.

For information about professional pathways in psychology see the BPS website.

Career opportunities

  • Child psychology
  • Educational psychology
  • Clinical psychology
  • PhD research
  • Human resources
  • Social work
  • Systems analysis
  • Market research
  • Media
  • Finance
  • Management consultancy
  • Teaching
  • Advertising
  • Statistics

Transferable skills

  • Critical thinking
  • Critical evaluation
  • Time management
  • Reasoning
  • Analysis
  • Problem-solving
  • Pragmatism
  • Teamwork

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
Degree

You should have, or be about to complete, an undergraduate degree in Psychology or a related discipline such as Education, Linguistics or Speech and Language Therapy, achieving a 2:1 or higher result.

Other qualifications

If you earned your undergraduate degree outside the UK, you should check that it is equivalent to a 2:1. Our country-specific pages can help you to find out.

If you have a general interest in experimental psychology, you may be better suited to one of our other Masters courses (MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience or Masters of Research in Psychology). You can apply for more than one course.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.5 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 61, with no less than 61 in each component
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with no less than 176 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87 with no less than 23 in each component
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit in all components

For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements. 

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

We make admissions decisions based on the information you supply in your application. We are particularly interested in seeing whether you are familiar with issues in experimental psychology and its applications. We don't normally hold interviews. 

Please note:The deadline for applications for this course is 31st July 2019. To be considered for September 2019 entry, you must have submitted your application by this date.
 

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