Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Developmental Sciences

This degree is designed to give you an understanding of the role of the child's environment through the study of the impact of the family, communities and other social networks. You will explore the interaction of biology and social factors in the context of atypical developmental paths, such as those observed in dyslexia, autism and other developmental disorders. The programme is designed for graduates from psychology and related disciplines who seek to deepen their understanding of cutting-edge contemporary research in developmental science, as well as established practitioners and policy-makers wishing to update their training. The course focuses on enabling you to reflect critically on existing knowledge.

Entry requirements

Good degree (upper 2nd-Class Honours preferable) in psychology, cognitive science, education, behavioural sciences or relevant discipline. Relevant professional experience of childhood and development may also be considered. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests and at least 7.0 in writing

Course modules

MA

You take 7 core modules, conduct a critical book review and write a 10,000-word dissertation: critical reading or theoretical research based on existing literature and previously published data.
Core modules:

Advanced Quantitative Methods;
Child Development in a Social Context;
Development Cognitive Neuroscience;
Family Studies;
Generic Research Skills;
Genetics of Development;
Qualitative Methods .

MSc

8 core modules, and a 10,000-word dissertation: a piece of empirical research or advanced quantitative analyses under the supervision of experienced staff.
Core modules:

Advanced Quantitative Methods;
Child Development in a Social Context;
Critical Book Review;
Development Cognitive Neuroscience;
Families;
Generic Research Skills;
Genetics of Development;
MSc Psychology Research Dissertation;
Qualitative Methods .

Assessment methods

Five 2500-word coursework essays, presentations and 1 unseen examination. Advanced Quantitative Methods is assessed by 5 statistics worksheets.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 13,750 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 6,875 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MA Part-time October 2017 - 2 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,075 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 7,050 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Psychological Sciences
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6535