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MSc Developmental Psychology

MSc Developmental Psychology

The MSc in Developmental Psychology is designed for graduates who are keen to grow their knowledge in various areas in child development. For students who do not yet have a Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS), this Master’s programme also functions as a conversion course, opening up possibilities for further accredited study in various areas of Psychology.

The Course

The MSc Developmental Psychology focuses on the social, emotional and cognitive development of children and is designed for graduates and practising psychologists who wish to acquire a specialism in child development.

The School of Psychology has a growing reputation as a centre of expertise in developmental psychology, with research interests in cognitive development, language acquisition, autism, motor development, human-animal interaction, child safety and injury prevention, cultural contexts of development. Research in the School is finding immediate real-world applications. For example, studies into the misinterpretation of canine facial expressions have led to a prevention tool to reduce instances of children being bitten by dogs.

You may have access to the specialist Lincoln Infant and Child Development Lab, which is equipped with facilities for preferential looking, listening and eye-tracking as well as a motor lab and research facilities for examining comparative cognitive development.

The Course

The MSc Developmental Psychology focuses on the social, emotional, and cognitive development of children, and is designed for graduates who want to expand their knowledge in several different areas of child development while also acquiring a specialism in this area.

The School of Psychology has a growing reputation as a centre of expertise in developmental psychology, with research expertise in cognitive development, language acquisition, autism, motor development, and human-animal interaction. Research in the School is finding immediate real-world applications. For example, studies into the misinterpretation of canine facial expressions have led to a prevention tool to reduce instances of children being bitten by dogs.

Students may have access to the specialist Lincoln Infant and Child Development Lab, which is equipped with facilities for preferential looking, listening, and eye-tracking, as well as a motor lab and other research facilities for examining aspects of child development.

Teaching is predominantly delivered on a Monday and Tuesday, although students may be expected to attend on other days of the week.
The programme starts every year in September. Teaching is predominantly delivered on a Monday and Tuesday, although students may be expected to attend on other days of the week. Part-time students may attend on one of those days.

The programme is taught by experienced research-active staff with a background in developmental psychology, supported by staff from various Schools across the College of Social Science, thereby contributing to a multidisciplinary learning environment.

On some occasions teaching is shared with other Master's programmes, providing opportunities to interact with students from MSc Forensic Psychology and MSc Psychological Research Methods.

The School of Psychology has a thriving research seminar programme in which national and international researchers present their work, which in many cases is directly linked to issues in developmental psychology.

The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, research and one-to-one learning.

Students are expected to engage in at least 2-3 hours of independent self-study for each contact hour.

Advanced Research Internship (Option)
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Advanced Research Internship (Option)

As part of this module students have the opportunity to learn about a specific area of research undertaken by a member of staff. This typically involves learning about a member of staff's research publications, research support structures (e.g., grant applications and/or lab work), data collection and data analysis methods, and research dissemination activities (e.g., conferences submission, peer review submission of work).

Students can only choose this option if an appropriate member of staff has been identified and has agreed to supervise the applied research work. Students are typically involved in literature review work, data collection, data analysis and other work related to the specific research interests of the member of staff. The aim of this optional module is for a student to be immersed and engaged in a specific area of research, and to have the chance to carry out pilot research work in this area.

Advanced Research Methods and Skills (Core)
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Advanced Research Methods and Skills (Core)

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the basic principles of a range of advanced procedures for the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, typically using appropriate software packages such as R and NVIVO. The skills taught on the core module Research Methods and Skills is assumed before taking this module. The module focuses on the use of research methods in an applied context and works towards an understanding of more complex methodologies.

Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology (Option)
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Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology (Option)

The focus of this module is on recent research and current applications in development. Taking a topical approach, this module discusses child and adolescent development in relation to contexts and correlates of typical and atypical development, developmental problems and applications. Topics may include specific developmental problems and/or disorders, problems and transitions in adolescence, context-based problems, and interventions.

Basic Programming Skills (Option)
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Basic Programming Skills (Option)

The aim of the module is to provide students with the opportunity to develop basic programming skills for data analysis and experimentation. Basic programming skills can provide a greater degree of flexibility in data analysis and experimentation than by relying on ready built software. The module typically consists of two blocks: (1) basic programming skills for data analysis, and (2) introduction to programming for experimentation.

Evolution and Human Behaviour (Option)
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Evolution and Human Behaviour (Option)

This module introduces evolutionary theory and how it can be applied to psychology. Evolutionary psychology synthesises modern psychology and evolutionary biology to better understand human behaviour. The module will examine the forces of evolution and our human origins to better understand human nature, mind, and behaviour.

Forensic Child Psychology (Core)
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Forensic Child Psychology (Core)

This module is designed to consider forensic issues and mental disorders and how they affect children, and the perpetration of offences by children. The focus is on providing the opportunity to develop an understanding of how critical events result in developmental pathways which lead to emotional and psychological problems and possibly of offending behaviour. The module includes developmental trauma and attachment, child protection, effects of victimisation and child/youth offending.

From the Lab to the World: Psychology Research in Practice (Option)
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From the Lab to the World: Psychology Research in Practice (Option)

The aim of this module is to enable students to apply psychological research methods to real-world challenges. Organisations such as industries, charities, and local governments increasingly look to psychologists and researchers to inform their practice. Students can develop an appreciation of how psychological research can be applied to real world problems, and how academics and industries can collaborate to develop and evaluate techniques.

We will draw on psychological theory and research to examine a range of different social and environmental problems. We will also consider the challenges that are commonly encountered in the application of psychological research. Overall, the module aims to widen students’ understanding and appreciation of the potential application of their research in society across a range of topic areas (e.g. forensic, social, organisational, and developmental research).

MSc Thesis (Core)
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MSc Thesis (Core)

The thesis is designed to allow students to explore in more detail their interests in a specific area of research. It allows the opportunity to design, implement, analyse and write-up a substantial piece of empirical work.

Research Methods and Skills (Core)
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Research Methods and Skills (Core)

This module discusses research designs, research ethics, data collection, data preparation and data analysis and dissemination. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods and skills are covered in this module.

Research Methods in Developmental Psychology (Core)
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Research Methods in Developmental Psychology (Core)

This module aims to give students the opportunity to practice research-based learning by providing the chance to develop practical skills and exploring the nature of research methods in a wide variety of applications. Overall, the module aims to widen students’ understanding and appreciation of the main principles of how research methods are applied.

Seminar Diaries in Psychological Science (Option)
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Seminar Diaries in Psychological Science (Option)

Students are expected to attend a series of external and internal research seminars within the School of Psychology with the aim of attending a total of 15 seminars across the academic year. Assessment is via seminar diaries submitted twice during the course of the year.

Social and Emotional Development (Core)
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Social and Emotional Development (Core)

This module provides an opportunity to study topics in social and emotional development in depth. These include emotional development, social-cognitive development and selected topics on development in family, school, community and cultural contexts. Typical development, atypical development and the potential applications of psychological research and theory will be considered where appropriate.

Theories and Mechanisms in Developmental Psychology (Core)
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Theories and Mechanisms in Developmental Psychology (Core)

This module considers such topics as visual attention, attachment, categorisation, child safety, friendship, language, motoric development and trust from different angles. These include the social and cognitive aspects of these topics, their possible neuropsychological foundations, relevant cross-cultural or critical period issues, psychological tests and research methods relating to these topics, and the implications of atypical development.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Assessments for this course are diverse and could include a research proposal, essay, case study, literature review, research report or presentation.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

 2020/21 Entry*
Home/EU £7,700

Home/EU
(including Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction )**

£6,160
International £16,000
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)**
£14,000
   
 Part-time Home/EU £43 per credit point
 Part-time International £89 per credit point

 

Loans

A Postgraduate Master's Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study. Individuals** will be able to borrow up to £10,906 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification. The amount available will depend on the start date of your course.

Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £49, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2,940.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

First or upper second class honours degree in psychology or an equivalent qualification and grade C in GCSE mathematics. Candidates with a degree and professional experience may be considered.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Staff teaching on the MSc in Developmental Psychology are part of the Development and Social Behaviour Research Group, and are supported by experienced staff from other research groups, making it possible for students interested in child development to benefit from a wide range of expertise, research facilities, and research methods.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/psychology/research/

The programme starts every year in September. Teaching is predominantly delivered on a Monday and Tuesday, although students may be expected to attend on other days of the week. Part-time students typically attend one of those days.

On some occasions, teaching is shared with other Master's programmes, providing opportunities to interact with students from MSc Forensic Psychology and MSc Psychological Research Methods, supporting a rich postgraduate environment.

The composition and delivery of the course is different for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, research, and one-to-one learning.

Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the materials covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour spent in class, students are expected to spend at least two to three hours of independent study. For more detailed information please contact the Programme Leader.

The School of Psychology also has a thriving research seminar programme in which national and international researchers present their work, in many cases linking to issues in developmental psychology.

Advanced Research Internship (Option)
Find out more

Advanced Research Internship (Option)

As part of this module students have the opportunity to learn about a specific area of research undertaken by a member of staff. This typically involves learning about a member of staff's research publications, research support structures (e.g., grant applications and/or lab work), data collection and data analysis methods, and research dissemination activities (e.g., conferences submission, peer review submission of work).

Students can only choose this option if an appropriate member of staff has been identified and has agreed to supervise the applied research work. Students are typically involved in literature review work, data collection, data analysis and other work related to the specific research interests of the member of staff. The aim of this optional module is for a student to be immersed and engaged in a specific area of research, and to have the chance to carry out pilot research work in this area.

Advanced Research Methods in Psychology (Core)
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Advanced Research Methods in Psychology (Core)

This module covers basic concepts underlying multivariate analysis, such as factor analysis and multiple regression as well as qualitative data analysis. Students gain an appreciation of advanced statistical procedures and methods via hands on practical experience in computer workshop sessions. By the end of the course students will understand how to select appropriate methodologies in relation to research aims and be able to critically appraise the advantages and limitations of these methodologies in relation to research aims.

Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology (Option)
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Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychology (Option)

The focus of this module is on recent research and current applications in development. Taking a topical approach, this module discusses child and adolescent development in relation to contexts and correlates of typical and atypical development, developmental problems and applications. Topics may include specific developmental problems and/or disorders, problems and transitions in adolescence, context-based problems, and interventions.

Brain, Behaviour and Lifespan Development (Core)
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Brain, Behaviour and Lifespan Development (Core)

Using a combination of lectures and interactive seminars, this module will focus on the development of the brain from birth throught to adulthood and later life. Contemporary research addressing how environmental and genetic factors influence the brain and behaviour will be appraised allowing students to apply a systematic approach to critically evaluate new scientific evidence in the field of
Developmental Psychology.

MSc Thesis (Core)
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MSc Thesis (Core)

The thesis is designed to allow students to explore their interests in a specific area of research in more detail. It provides the opportunity to design, implement, analyse, and write-up a substantial piece of empirical work.

Research Methods and Assessments in Developmental Psychology (Core)
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Research Methods and Assessments in Developmental Psychology (Core)

This module provides an opportunity to explore different research methods in a variety of applications and develop practical skills as well as critical thinking and developing research designs. In addition, it enables students to study individual differences and diversity in psychology.

Social and Emotional Development (Core)
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Social and Emotional Development (Core)

This module provides an opportunity to study social and emotional development with regard to recent developments in social and emotional development. Also, it includes an opportunity to study historical approaches to the study of development and contexts for development (e.g., with regards to family, school, community or culture). The potential applications of psychological research and theory to typical and/or atypical development will be considered where appropriate.

Theories and Mechanisms in Developmental Psychology (Core)
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Theories and Mechanisms in Developmental Psychology (Core)

This module typically considers child development in relation to theory and research in core topics of Developmental Psychology, for example, vision and brain development, memory and motor development, cognition and language development.

Work Experience (Option)
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Work Experience (Option)

The University has a strong commitment to providing academic programmes with public and private sector employers through student work placements.

A work placement is a three way co-operative activity between employer, student and University from which all parties are expected to benefit.

This module provides students with the opportunity to enhance their practical and transferable skills while gaining insight in how to use the theories and methods learned in their masters programme in a work environment. By linking academic experience to the world of work students also have to opportunity to reflect on possible career pathways and on how to apply psychological perspectives to future workplaces.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Assessments for this course are varied and may include a research proposal, essay, case study, literature review, research report, or presentation.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days of the submission date.

 2020/21 Entry*
Home/EU £7,700

Home/EU
(including Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction )**

£6,160
International £16,000
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)**
£14,000
   
 Part-time Home/EU £43 per credit point
 Part-time International £89 per credit point

 

Loans

A Postgraduate Master's Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study. Individuals** will be able to borrow up to £10,906 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification. The amount available will depend on the start date of your course.

Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £49, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2,940.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

Other Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on the course. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation, and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and students will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that they are required to read. However, some may prefer to purchase some of these and will be responsible for this cost.

First or second class honours degree in psychology or an equivalent qualification and grade C in GCSE mathematics. Candidates with a lower degree classification and those with professional experience may be considered.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page.

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Dr Emile van der Zee

Programme Leader


Contact: evanderzee@lincoln.ac.uk


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

As specialists in developmental psychology, graduates may work in a range of areas that value expertise in child development including hospital and care settings, schools, social services and children’s services.

The programme can also provide an ideal springboard for further study such as a PhD in Psychology.

Careers Services

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here http://bit.ly/1lAS1Iz.

Career and Personal Development

Specialists in developmental psychology work in a range of areas that value expertise in child development, including hospital and care settings, schools, social services, and children’s services. The programme can also provide an ideal springboard for further study such as a PhD in Psychology.

Careers Services

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here http://bit.ly/1lAS1Iz.


Facilities

Specialist psychology research facilities include a sleep laboratory, motor lab and EEG laboratories, a psychophysiology laboratory and Lincoln Infant and Child Development Lab – a specialist area for the study of child development.

Students have access to ICT suites and technical staff are on hand to aid in the design and execution of experiments and provide assistance with specialist software.

We constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. The University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.