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Psychology of Childhood Adversity MSc

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Psychology (General) Child Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

This programme provides advanced study of topics in developmental psychology, with a specific focus on development in the context of adversity. Childhood adversity refers to factors extrinsic to the child such as growing up in contexts of parental psychopathology, economic deprivation and community conflict. Psychological, educational and behavioural outcomes of adversity will be explored as well as the predictors, mediators and moderators of outcome. The MSc will also focus on international contexts of childhood adversity and will address the impact of war and conflict, sexual violence and exploitation and the challenges faced by children who live in and work on the streets. It will examine the cultural sensitivities that researchers and humanitarian workers need to keep in mind when working in non-Western settings and explore both mental health and psychosocial interventions that seek to help children and young people affected by humanitarian disasters.

This programme is designed to prepare graduate students for more advanced research in developmental psychology, for professional training in psychology or related disciplines, and/or for employment in children's voluntary or statutory services. Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Different course options

Full time | Queen's University Belfast | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

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Theoretical Perspectives on Child and Adolescent Development (20 Credits)
Improving Outcomes with Evidence Based Interventions (20 Credits)
Principles of Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analyses (10 Credits)
Dissertation (60 Credits)
Psychological Methods in Developmental Research (10 Credits)
Quantitative Data Analyses 1 (10 Credits)
Research Design and Professional Skills (10 Credits)
Childhood Adversity (20 Credits)
Quantitative Data Analysis 1 (10 Credits)

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Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a 2.1 Honours degree or above in Psychology or a related honours subject or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Applicants with relevant work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Department profile

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