Developmental Psychology MSc

School of Social Sciences

Study infant and child development, with a focus on socio-emotional and cognitive skills. Join in with our ongoing research to gain experience in the field.

Date of entry

September 2021

Start date

September 2021

Duration

12 months

Study mode

Full Time

Location

Dundee City Campus

This course focuses on infant and child development and will improve your understanding of both social and cognitive development. You'll also gain the academic skills which are necessary for developmental research.

The course deals with questions such as:

  • How can we support social-communication impairments in Autism Spectrum Disorder?
  • Does a self-awareness influence children’s memory?
  • How does language acquisition differ in bilingual and school learning contexts?
  • What does the latest research tell us about mental health and wellbeing in infants, children and adolescents?

You will have the opportunity to take part in ongoing research that the University is conducting in partnership with local education services. This will enable you to observe and participate in nursery settings, giving you the practical experience of conducting psychological research with young children.

The teaching draws on our research expertise in areas such as fetal and neonatal development, imitation, infant mental health, early self-awareness, attachment, pre-school prosociality, bilingual language acquisition, meta-cognition, executive functioning, developmental dyslexia, and autism spectrum disorder.

Our facilities include EEG labs, a variety of eye tracking technologies, 2D and 3D movement tracking systems, and offsite fMRI access via the Clinical Research Centre at Ninewells Hospital.

You will have access to your own dedicated social and study areas within the Psychology building. Our student-run Psychology Society organises social events, study skills sessions, and a range of academic and career-oriented talks.

“The practicum offered the unique opportunity to observe child development over an extended period of time. I was grateful for the opportunity to meet with and shadow an educational psychologist and a speech and language therapist. The dissertation allowed me to pursue my interests in cognitive development in bilingual and monolingual children. Supervision was excellent and I was guided and supported along every step of the process.”

Jessica Schulz, Developmental Psychology graduate

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