Professional Skills - Developmental Disorders MSc
This module covers general research skills and personal development skills. It contains a number of workshops examining areas such as presentation and writing skills, careers, understanding the wider context of research, consultancy, and practical and ethical issues, along with the opportunity to develop and undertake your own self-directed training plan focusing on identified personal training needs.
Developmental Disorders in Context
This module will require you to critically engage with front line material on major contemporary topics in developmental psychology covering the broad spectrum of research, covering social, emotional, biological and cognitive development. The module will also introduce you to the wider context of developmental disorders such as diversity, inclusion, cultural issues, and theoretical perspectives on development.
The module will provide you with knowledge about a range of neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g. ADHD, communication disorders, developmental coordination disorder, preterm birth).
You will also cover contemporary issues in the field such as early diagnostic markers, co-occurring conditions, and developmental differences in underexplored groups.
This module will provide you with the knowledge to be able to select, administer, score, interpret, and provide feedback on educational tests of the kind used when assessing individuals with learning difficulties. You will learn about the advantages and disadvantages of different types of assessment and how to make decisions about test selection for assessments. You will gain an understanding of test theory including the concepts of reliability, validity and the standardization of tests.
The module will provide a skill set that will be useful in completing your chosen project, in which you may have to administer psychometric tests. It will also be useful if you wish to pursue a career in education or educational psychology.
Advanced Methods in Psychology
The module provides an insight into some more advanced or specialised techniques of data collection, organisation and analysis in psychological research (eg eye-tracking, EEG, fMRI, TMS, computational modeling, systematic reviews).
Childhood Clinical and Behavioural Disorders
This module will examine:
- Conduct disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Childhood onset schizophrenia
- Therapies for young people
- Risk, resiliency, prevention and infant mental health
You will carry out an individual research project with an empirical component on a topic relevant to developmental differences.
The method used for this practical work depends on the topic chosen. You will work with an academic staff member who will be your supervisor.