Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Psychology (Atypical Child Development)

This programme provides advanced study of topics in developmental psychology, with a specific focus on patterns of atypical development and childhood developmental disorders such as autism and dyslexia. The programme addresses questions such as: What is the relationship between typical and atypical development? How do we know that a child's development is atypical and what criteria can we use to assess this? How can we best explain the causes of atypical development and understand the effects on children's lives? What programmes and interventions can help atypically developing children and how can they be best designed and implemented?

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or above in Psychology or another closely related discipline, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.International students must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken in the last two years.

Course modules

Modules include: Assessment and intervention; atypical patterns of child development; perspectives on child development; principles of qualitative research methods and data analyses; quantitative data analyses; research design and professional skills.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include coursework assignments; class test and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 3,466 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 10,730 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Queen's University Belfast Belfast BT7 1NN Northern Ireland

Key information

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02890 972585