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Cognitive Development and Disorders MSc

Cognitive Development and Disorders MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Psychology (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This course combines psychological theory, research, and application to the study of cognitive functioning, its typical development through childhood and ageing, and its deficits as encountered in a range of 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. 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.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



This module explores advanced issues and approaches associated with running research projects in psychology. The structure of the module will broadly follow the steps taken in a research project, from conception, participant access and ethical consideration, through to data management and dissemination. These issues will be considered in the context of psychology research, with examples discussed in the fields of developmental, neuropsychological, health, and forensic psychology.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need a bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in psychology or a discipline containing a substantial amount of psychology and research methods training. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.