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Children’s Psychological Disorders (Taught)

Cardiff University
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
27 September 2021

Program description

Children’s Psychological Disorders (Taught)

This MSc in Children's Psychological Disorders will equip you with a thorough theoretical understanding of the psychological factors that cause and maintain emotional and behavioural problems in children.

Taught by leading international experts, you will discover and research how both mental health difficulties and neurodevelopmental conditions, which include anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism and conduct disorder, emerge in childhood.  You will gain an in-depth knowledge of how these conditions can be best assessed; enabling you to subsequently inform intervention and advise the best course of treatment.

Located at our dedicated Centre for Human Development Science (CUCHDS), this programme will also equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience to pursue a rewarding career in child neuro – development, clinical psychology or educational psychology.

You will undergo a range of professional training in emotional, cognitive and neurodevelopmental assessments for children, classification systems of childhood disorders and in observational coding of child behaviour and parent-child interaction.

Research training also forms a key focus of this programme, and it is designed to strengthen your credentials for entry to a PhD in developmental psychopathology, or to doctoral training programmes in Clinical or Educational Psychology.

In addition to providing training in basic research, the course aims to integrate research perspectives from clinical and educational psychology

Admission requirements

Applicants need a 1st or high 2.1 in Psychology or a Psychology related subject (or equivalent). Applicants will need to be able to handle scientific concepts, be numerate and have excellent writing skills. A-levels in biology, chemistry, mathematics, English, or history at grade A are desired.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Dissertation
  • Origins of Developmental Psychopathology 
  • Introduction to Clinical and Educational Psychology
  • PG research design and statistics, and child assessment methods I
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders 1: Neurobiology
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders 2: Cognition and emotion
  • PG research design and statistics, and child assessment methods II

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for UK and EU Students is £9,700.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £21,950


What are the learning outcomes of this course/programme?

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will have gained:

  • A systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of psychology, research on developmental psychopathology, and/or area of professional practice (clinical and educational psychology);
  • A comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to own research or advanced scholarship.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline;
  • Conceptual understanding (1) to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline, and (2) to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Effective communication and listening;
  • Team working via participation in day-to-day activities of the course and your research group;
  • Readiness to improve own performance based on reflective learning occurring across the year and in relation to practical activities.

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to:

  • Exercise initiative and personal responsibility;
  • Make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations;
  • Learn independently to support your continued professional development.

Career opportunities

  • Research degree (PhD) and academic career in developmental psychopathology.
  • A career in translational research in practice or in applied research centres, in mental health or educational services.
  • Work in clinical or educational practice as an assistant psychologist.
  • The qualification will be helpful for those who will later want to apply for a DClinPsych or DEdPsych degree.
  • Work in a variety of professional fields involving work with children and young people, such as education, health and social care, family policy, youth work, justice, international development and charity work.

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Cardiff University

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