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Course overview

The MSc in Developmental Disorders will give advanced theoretical knowledge of the psychological aspects of developmental disorders. Developmental disorders are conditions such as Autism, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Tic Disorders, Learning Disorders (such as dyslexia or dysgraphia), or Cerebral Palsy, that become apparent during childhood and affect a child’s life in several areas. Children with such conditions, and their families, usually need support, which depends on the specific condition and its severity. When completing this MSc one will have expertise in cutting-edge research methods that are suited to investigating psychological aspects of developmental disorders. Moreover, one will have practical knowledge on aspects of diagnosis and assessment, and therapeutic and educational interventions designed for developmental disorders. As such, this MSc combines scientific research with clinical psychological practice. The course consists of 3 semesters (full time). The autumn and spring semester include taught modules, and the research project will be done in the summer (3rd semester). Teaching methods include workshops, lectures, seminars, and research supervision. The MSc largely aligns with the parallel programme in the UK and some lecture recordings will be shared. There is a wide variety of assessment types. The assessment is more coursework than exam based.

 

Why choose this course?

This programme is meant for people with an interest in developmental psychology/ developmental disorders. It will provide foundational knowledge and research training for later professional qualifications in educational or clinical psychology. This MSc will be of interest to people working in clinical or educational fields, and individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in (academic/commercial) research.

 

Scholarship

Award – 25% reduction from total programme fees.

Eligible applicants – Possess a first class honours degree (with an average of 70% under the British Grading Scheme) or an upper second class honours degree (with an average of 60% under the British Grading Scheme) will be eligible if they are within the first five offer holders who accept their offers before 15 August 2022.

Terms and conditions – Applicants are only entitled to one scholarship. Scholarships will be automatically awarded upon meeting the criteria. All decisions are final and no appeals will be entertained.

Course content

The course consists of 3 semesters (full time). The autumn and spring semester include taught modules, and the research project will be done in the summer (3rd semester).

Teaching methods include workshops, lectures, seminars, and research supervision. The MSc largely aligns with the parallel programme in the UK and some lecture recordings will be shared.

There is a wide variety of assessment types. The assessment is more coursework than exam based.

For questions about the course content, please contact Dr Marieke de Vries: Marieke.deVries@nottingham.edu.my

Modules (20 credits):​

  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders ​
  • Childhood Clinical and Behavioural Disorders​
  • Developmental Disorders in Context
  • Psychological Assessment​
  • Advanced Methods in Psychology​
  • Professional Skills​

Empirical Research Project (60 credits)​

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

An upper second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in Psychology or a related discipline. Some prior experience with quantitative research methods and/or statistics will usually be required. Applicants who have obtained a second lower class honours degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis, dependent on their profile of performance or work experience. Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard.

If deemed necessary, applicants may also be required to attend an interview.

Applicants must have graduated from an approved university. Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

IELTS (Academic):

6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)

TOEFL (iBT):

87 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

PTE (Academic):

71 (with no less than 65 in each element)

MUET: Band 4

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Practical classes
  • Supervision

In addition to lectures, some modules have lab sessions, some have workshops and some drop in sessions. Each module is run with the aim of providing best learning experience for students and module objectives are achieved by devising the most appropriate delivery and assessment methods.

How you will be assessed

  • Coursework
  • Group coursework
  • Examinations
  • Dissertation
  • Presentation
  • Essays
  • Research project
  • Poster presentation
  • Portfolio (written/digital)
  • Reflective review

Modules are assessed by a combination of exams and coursework at the end of the relevant semester.

Fees

ResidencyFees
Malaysian studentsRM47,200 per programme
International studentsRM56,900 per programme

Funding

Find out about scholarships, financial assistance and specific research funding available to all malaysian and international students.

Scholarship funding

Where you will learn

Malaysia Campus

Semenyih Campus is 48km from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and just 45 minutes’ drive from the famous city centre with its iconic Petronas Twin Towers. On arrival, you are immersed in the green jungle backdrop that Malaysia provides with wildlife, sunshine and campus lake.

The campus is home to our business, education, science and engineering schools, which sit alongside a sports centre, library and student accommodation. The University has everything a modern day student could wish for with the added bonus of being located in central Asia allowing you to travel further afield in your free time.

Public transport is plentiful with free shuttle services operating on some routes. Taxi/Grab services in Malaysia are very reasonable and used widely by the student community.

Careers

This MSc is meant for people with an interest in enhancing knowledge of developmental disorders/research skills, and who are aiming for a career in clinical or educational fields and/or in (academic/commercial) research.

The MSc in Developmental Disorders is interesting for people who already work in the clinical/educational/research field and aim to expand their knowledge, or for people who aim to pursue a career in the clinical/educational/research setting.

The job opportunities are quite diverse (research, clinical setting). Starting salary depends largely on the job type.

This content was last updated on 20 July 2022. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.