This course offers advanced training in understanding social, emotional and cognitive development appropriate for careers in research and professional practice.
You will gain practical experience of conducting psychological research with young children and have a chance to work in real world settings
With a focus on infant and child development, the course addresses a comprehensive range of topics surrounding typical and atypical development. Different theoretical approaches to development will be explored together with consideration of comparative and cross-cultural approaches. You will be taught by academic staff at the forefront of psychological research and conduct a dissertation under their supervision.
A distinctive feature of our course is the opportunity to participate in ongoing research that the University is conducting in partnership with local Education Services for the Research in Practice module. This provides practical experience of conducting psychological research with young children. It also provides the chance to experience psychological work in 'real world' settings and in collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams of professionals.
At Dundee, we have specialised equipment, dedicated laboratories and world-class research facilities. These 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 Teaching Hospital. Learn more about our research facilities.
We are a small, friendly department which offers focused teaching and research in psychology. This means that we get to know our students and can provide them with the individual support they need throughout their studies. This is evidenced by our ranking in the top 10% of Psychology departments in the UK for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2016).
Our MSc students have their own dedicated social and study areas within the Psychology building. There is an active student Psychology society, which organizes social events. As Psychology is situated in the School of Social Sciences, it is easy to meet students from other disciplines (e.g. architecture and urban planning, business, geography, law, politics and economics) and to attend seminars outside psychology. This will allow you to situate your learning in a broader social context, as well as to make contact with other students who have come from across the world to study in Dundee.
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
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.I feel that the MSc in Developmental Psychology has given me a theoretical understanding of child development and valuable practical experience that will help me in my future career.
How you will be taught
- Lectures and seminars
- In-class group work
- Research seminars by invited speakers
- Training and developmental opportunities (e.g. careers, CVs, presentation/interview skills)
You'll also take part in a research practicum based either in a lab in Psychology or in a ‘real world’ educational setting, providing a unique opportunity to work directly with both children and practitioners.
How you will be assessed
All our assessments are 100% coursework-based, including:
- small seminar-style presentations
- statistics exercises and quizzes
- research proposals/reports
- poster presentation
- research dissertation
What you will study
This is a research assistantship, learning about the design, running and analysis of an experiment. You will participate in ongoing research in a Psychology or Computing lab or in a real-world setting. This is an opportunity to add to your portfolio of research skills.
By the end of the module, you will be able to survey, review, and critique psychological literature; understand ethical issues in research; generate research ideas, evaluate them, and present a coherent case for a research project. You will have the opportunity to develop your ability and confidence in presenting your work in group presentations, written work and research posters. Assessment is 100% coursework.
Approaches to collecting and analysing qualitative data, including interviewing (open, semi-structured or structured), ethnographic methods, single and multiple case studies, action research, discourse analysis, conversation analysis, textual analysis, content analysis, focus groups, and analysis of audio and video recordings. The class will involve student presentations and much classroom discussion. Formal assessment for this module takes the form of coursework exercises that require you to demonstrate knowledge about a broad range of methodological perspectives and debates.
You will undertake a substantial individual research project. Assessment is via a written dissertation and a poster presentation.
You will undertake a substantial individual research project. For Psychology of Metal Health this is jointly supervised by staff from the department of psychology and clinical psychologists from NHS Tayside. Assessment is via a written dissertation and a poster presentation.
This module will provide an understanding of statistical analyses used in psychological research. Quantitative statistics methods will be explained on a high conceptual level, aiming for students to see links between particular analyses. Using this knowledge, students are encouraged to explore and interpret statistical output as well as clearly present the results. Topics will be taught in the context of design issues and students will analyse published data and replicate research findings. Classes will last two hours combining both lecture and computer workshop methods of teaching. To foster learning, weekly quizzes will be given and knowledge will be assessed using a range of methods such as poster and open-ended questions.
You will also select two advanced modules, usually from the following:
This module provides an in-depth look at research concerning the early development and experience of self-awareness. Discussion of a variety of methodological perspectives (social, cognitive, comparative, cross-cultural) will allow you to develop critical thinking skills concerning research methodology.
Topics usually include:
- objective self-recognition
- the self in time
- self-conscious emotion
- social self-regulation
- comparative self-awareness
You will learn to analyse reading development from a biological, cognitive and behavioural point of view, and to consider the implications of this research for practical educational questions concerning the definition, assessment and treatment of reading difficulties.
Topics usually include:
- definitions of dyslexia
- brain areas involved in reading
- visual attention and reading
Introduces students to the ubiquitous phenomenon of gesture. Asks the question ‘Why do we gesture?’ by exploring both the communicative and the cognitive functions that gestures can play. Compares typical and atypical trajectories for gesture development. Promotes a detailed understanding of the theoretical issues within the field of gesture and familiarity with the common methodologies and paradigms in the area. Encourages critical thinking by exploring the methodological challenges that gesture researchers face. Includes communicative function of gesture, relationship between gestures and cognitive processing, relationship between gestures and development, gesture’s role in education, and the link between language and gesture.
Students will gain a broad understanding of classic and current research on social, emotional and moral development in children and adolescents. They will learn about theories of development and gain experience in their critical evaluation. They will develop their awareness of a variety of methodologies and experimental techniques. Finally, students will gain experience in developing their communication skills. Includes the expression of emotions in infants, social referencing, attachment, social interaction, theory of mind, peer relationships, prosocial and antisocial behaviour, and morality. The impact of atypical development will also be explored throughout the course
The module provides an introduction to cognitive development in human infants.
Students from this course have used the qualification to improve their chances of getting on to educational and clinical psychology courses. Others use the research training as a stepping stone to PhD research.
Several students have taken the course to move into jobs as support workers, Assistant Psychologists or have gone on to train as Speech & Language therapists. The higher degree generally improves job prospects when competing against Psychology graduates in other fields of business.
You should hold, or expect to hold a first or second class honours degree in Psychology. If your degree is from a UK University, it should confer eligibility for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society. If your degree is from a University outside the UK, we will assess eligibility on a case-by-case basis. If you have any questions, please contact Dr Lynne Duncan.
English Language Requirement
English Language Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.
|Fee status||Fees for students starting 2018-19|
|Scottish and EU students||£7,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
|Rest of UK students||£7,950 per year of study|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£19,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for international applicants
You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.
You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the How to Apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.
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Dr Lynne Duncan
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