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MSc Cognitive Development and Disorders

Key facts

Start date September 2019

Duration/mode 12 months full time

UK/EU fees £9,250 (total)

International fees £22,750 (total)

Entry requirements A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in psychology or related subject.

Language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component

Overview

This course combines psychological theory and application to the study of cognitive functioning, its development through childhood and ageing, and its deficits encountered across disordered populations.

While studying with us, you'll draw on theory from multiple perspectives including cognitive, clinical, health, educational, biological, and social psychology, along with neuropsychology, neuroscience, and gerontology.

This course will:

  • improve your psychological understanding of cognitive development and its disorders
  • demonstrate how this understanding informs the development and application of new real-world techniques for improving the assessment of cognitive functioning
  • develop your understanding of the diagnosis of deficits, delivery of support and intervention, training in education, gerontology and clinical implications
  • provide an advanced understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods

On this course, you'll be taught and supervised by subject experts at the forefront of current research; actively publishing in their areas of expertise.

This gives you the opportunity to learn from those currently working with the NHS, industry, and charities to improve educational, developmental, clinical, and health outcomes.

We offer high quality research-led teaching and you’ll be actively encouraged to engage in ongoing research. Much of this research is collaborative with government departments, research councils, the NHS and industry.

We offer a lively learning environment with modern facilities for teaching and research, which aims to produce graduates equipped with current knowledge and the ability to apply this knowledge to different populations.

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Course content

The course offers a unique combination of advanced training in research methods and systematic reviewing.

Modules are designed to explore research-led applied perspectives in development, ageing, and neuropsychology.

While studying your masters, you’ll also have the opportunity to carry out a substantial research project, closely supervised by experts in the field. This project will not only develop your research skills to an advanced level, but also allow you to focus on your own area of interest.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.


For more information on typical modules, read Cognitive Development and Disorders MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

The course incorporates a range of teaching methods including workshops, presentations, problem solving approaches and small group discussions alongside traditional lecture and seminar formats.

We expect our students to spend the remainder of their study time in independent learning, guided by reading lists and assessments.

Assessment

Innovative forms of assessment such as online group work, short reports, individual and group presentations and case studies sit alongside exams and essays to develop your skills.

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Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in psychology or a discipline containing a substantial amount of psychology and research methods training.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Psychology Taught Postgraduate Admissions Team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

 

How to apply

Apply

This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
 
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

Link to admissions policy document

Fees

UK/EU fees: £9,250 (total)
International fees: £22,750 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

School of Psychology support

The School offers a bursary of £1,000 towards fees to one UK/EU student on the masters course. There is no application process for this award. For more information, please contact Louise Gill, our MSc Course Administrator.

All students who pay fees at the international rate are offered £2,000 towards fees if they do not have any other source of funding.

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Career opportunities

This course was designed to be versatile and opens up a range of career paths for our graduates.

It is highly suitable for students wishing to pursue a research-oriented path, as the MSc course forms a sound basis for further PhD study.

The wide coverage of cognition and its development in healthy and clinical groups supports paths into careers including clinical and educational psychology.

Careers support

The School of Psychology organises several careers events throughout your time at Leeds. You’ll also have a personal tutor, who’ll offer support through our Leeds for Life approach.

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