The 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.
Students will additionally have the opportunity to study interdisciplinary approaches to tackling childhood adversity, with compulsory and optional modules in Children's Rights, Youth Justice and Caring for Children with Complex Health Needs.
The study of the psychology of childhood adversity will address questions such as:
What aspects of childhood adversity impact of child and adolescent development?
How do intrinsic (eg child's personality) and extrinsic (eg parenting) factors interact to moderate outcomes of adversity?
What programmes and interventions can help children growing up in adversity and how can they be best designed and implemented?
Psychology of Childhood Adversity highlights
Please note: Applications for this course, received after 30th June may not be accepted. A deposit will be required to secure a place.
World Class Facilities
- The School has a long-standing reputation for research and practice in developmental psychology and currently offers two professional Doctorates in applied areas of psychology (clinical and educational).
- One bursary of £2,000 is available for students to apply for once they are accepted onto the programme. Please contact Dr Teresa Rushe directly for more information about the bursary application process.
Republic of Ireland students please see www.studentfinance.ie. For fees and funding information please see the University's Graduate School website:
The programme consists of compulsory and optional modules and a dissertation (MSc route only). Students take half the taught modules in semester 1 and half in semester 2.
Childhood Adversity (10 credits)
Improving Outcomes with Evidence Based Interventions (10 credits)
Principles of Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analyses (10 credits)
Quantitative Data Analysis 1 (10 credits) and 2 (10 credits)
Research Design and Professional Skills (10 credits)
Theoretical Perspectives on Child and Adolescent Development (20 credits)
Quantitative Data Analyses 1 (10 credits) and 2 (10 credits)
Psychological Methods in Developmental Research (10 credits)
Children in International Contexts of Adversity (10 credits)
Dissertation (60 credits)
People teaching you
Dr Teresa Rushe
School of Psychology
|Teaching takes place in the morning and afternoon, usually over 2 days (Tuesday/Wednesday). The course may include additional workshops outside normal teaching hours.|
Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:
Teaching takes place in the morning and afternoon, usually over 2 days (Tuesday/Wednesday). The course may include additional workshops outside normal teaching hours.
Assessments associated with this course are outlined below:
Assessment will consist of a dissertation, coursework assignments and class tests.
Normally a 2.2 Honours degree (minimum 57%) or above in Psychology or an acceptable related discipline, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.
Applicants with relevant work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL).
Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for more information.
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.
For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
- Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)
|Northern Ireland (NI)||£5,500|
|England, Scotland or Wales (GB)||£5,500|
|Other (non-UK) EU||£5,500|
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2018-19 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs. If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.
Psychology of Childhood Adversity costs
There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.
How do I fund my study?
From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.
A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
* information shown is for 2017-18 and should be used as a guide until 2018-19 scholarships are confirmed.
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The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2018 Entry.
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