Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

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.

Course Modules

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.

Course Additional Entry

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

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £13,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £6,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £6,875  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £3,975  Academic year. First year home fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £14,075  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £8,950  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc (Postgraduate) £7,050  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc (Postgraduate) £4,975  Academic year. First year home fees