Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This Master's 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 MSc focuses on enabling you to carry out empirical research at postgraduate level.

TEACHING

Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates can pursue careers in psychology, health or social work, education and policy development. Possible professions may include psychologist, counsellor or researcher. This degree may also be useful in becoming a further education lecturer.

Start Date:

one day a week part-time, plus some evenings.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £10,260 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £10,260 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £16,740 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £5,130 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £5,130 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £8,370 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: A second-class honours degree in psychology, cognitive science, education, behavioural sciences or relevant discipline. Relevant professional experience of childhood and development may also be considered.
  • International entry requirements: A second-class honours degree 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 course is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, and at least 6.5 in writing.
  • IELTS score: 7