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Developmental Science and Neurodiversity MSc

Developmental Science and Neurodiversity MSc

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Full time | University of Birmingham | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

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1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Child Development (Education) Neuroscience / Neurobiology Neurology

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Course Summary

Change and diversity are essential characteristics of the cognition, behaviour, and brains of children, adolescents, and adults. This MSc course will take neurodiversity as a framework for understanding development across the whole human lifespan and how development varies between people.

The course will provide a unique opportunity to gain advanced training in how to characterise diversity and development, and how to study them with the latest research designs and statistical methods.

Neurodiversity refers to variation in brain and cognitive functions including learning, attention, social ability, mood, and sleep. It provides a framework for understanding the factors that influence brain and behaviour across the whole population and the whole lifespan; for understanding conditions such as autism and ADHD as a part of that variation; and for addressing the need for variation to be recognised, valued, understood, and accommodated.

You will have opportunities to interact with a wide range of researchers from the University of Birmingham's Centre for Developmental Science, practitioners, and people with lived experience of neurodivergence. Optional modules let you combine your interest in development and diversity with training in advanced data analysis, neuroscience methods, and mental health.


A wide range of careers are open to students graduating with an MSc in Developmental Science and Neurodiversity. Our students will be excellent candidates for research-related employment in both private and public sector organisations because this MSc develops key skills that are highly attractive to employers, namely analytical and statistical skills, as well as presentation and report writing skills. Knowledge of developmental science and neurodiversity has particular relevance in a variety of careers in clinical psychology and education.


Neurodiversity - Core
Modelling Change and Diversity - Core
Research methods and skills - Core
Proposing research in psychology - Core
MSc Research Project - Core

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have obtained a good Honours degree (at least 2:1 or equivalent) in Psychology or a related discipline and have gained at least a 2:1 (or equivalent) in the research dissertation (i.e., experience of planning and conducting research and analysing data). Applicants who do not meet our requirement for a 2(i) in their final-year research project, but who have gained significant research experience in a relevant research setting will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

University information

The University of Birmingham - part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities in the UK – has been helping to develop the next generation of leaders, push boundaries of innovation and challenge existing thinking for over 100 years - and it continues to grow stronger. The university has a vibrant and diverse community of students, with the 14,000 strong academic community coming to the city from over 150 countries. Impressively, over...more