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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 degree in Developmental Sciences at Birkbeck, University of London 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 MA focuses on enabling you to reflect critically on existing knowledge.

Highlights

  • You will explore child development from diverse theoretical and applied perspectives and get an introduction to the biology of development through the study of genetics and developmental cognitive neuroscience.
  • The degree combines Birkbeck’s strengths in biological, social and applied developmental research methods to provide you with an integrated understanding of child development.
  • You will have the opportunity to interact with world-class researchers in developmental science and attend research seminars organised by the Department and a number of other local research centres and institutes.
  • Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked fifth in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), and we achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to research of world-leading quality.
  • Psychological research at Birkbeck was ranked fifth in the world in a category of the Best Global Universities Rankings 2016, an important and influential index of research quality. 

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.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Advanced Quantitative Methods
  • Child Development in a Social Context
  • Development Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Family Studies
  • Generic Research Skills
  • Genetics of Development
  • Qualitative Methods

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Good degree (upper second-class honours preferable) in psychology, cognitive science, education, behavioural sciences or relevant discipline.

Relevant professional experience of childhood and development may also be considered.

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Tuition Fee

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    15200 GBP/year
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    9450 GBP/year
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
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Funding

Birkbeck is committed to providing advice and support to help you finance your postgraduate studies. The government has introduced new loans for postgraduate students and, alongside these, we also offer flexible payment options and a hardship fund to support students who experience a change of circumstances while studying.

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