This MSc combines theoretical grounding in development and its disorders with practical training in clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. You will focus on dyslexia, developmental language disorder, autism, ADHD, and dyscalculia.
Combining perspectives from developmental and 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.
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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 professional clinical psychologists.
Your empirical research project is a chance to work on designing and implementing a theoretically-motivated piece of pure or applied research.
You will take core modules, which may include:
Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.
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:
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.
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)
|Study mode||UK (home)||International and EU|
|Full-time (1 year)||£10,800||£24,500|
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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.
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We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2022/23 throughout the year.
If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and clinical methods that can be applied to childhood development and its disorders; as well as carrying out extensive independent research. Many of our graduates go on to complete PhDs, typically in psychology. Others go on to pursue careers in clinical psychology, educational psychology, or find work as children’s wellbeing practitioners, 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.
This MSc does not confer Graduate Basis for Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Graduate Basis for Membership is required for entry to doctoral training in clinical and educational psychology in the UK, as well as some professional psychological careers. You may already hold Graduate Basis for Membership (for example, from a BPS-accredited undergraduate degree), in which case this MSc could enhance your applications to jobs or doctoral courses that require it. If you don't have Graduate Basis for Membership then you may be interested in our MSc Psychology in Education conversion course.
See the BPS website for more information about professional pathways in psychology (bps.org.uk).
|Undergraduate degree||2:1 or equivalent in Psychology or a related discipline such as Education, Linguistics or Speech and Language Therapy|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||7.0, minimum 7.0 in Writing and 6.5 in all other components|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||185, minimum 185 in Writing and 176 in all other components|
|Duolingo||120, minimum 120 in Production and 110 in all other components|
|LanguageCert||C1 Expert High Pass with 33/50 in each component|
|PTE Academic||67, minimum 67 in Writing and 61 in all other components|
|TOEFL||96, minimum 24 in Writing and 23 in all other components|
|Trinity ISE III||Distinction in all components|
For more information see our postgraduate 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 English language test 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.
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