MSc Developmental Disorders provides the opportunity to study alongside a range of professionals facilitated by the specialist team from The Dyscovery Centre and visiting contributors in the field of developmental disorders.
You will experience a blended approach to study, which includes both face-to-face and online web based learning. This ensures that there is the opportunity for UK and international students to participate and contribute fully to this dynamic course, to enhance their understanding of current practice in developmental disorders.
The philosophy of the course is grounded in the evidence that suggests that people with developmental disorders often present with an overlapping pattern of strengths and needs that span more than one disability. This drives the course to be interdisciplinary in nature, and to critically consider different ways of understanding and working in this field of practice.
Licenciado/Título de Ingeniero/Título de Arquitecto with an average of 6.0-6.9, Aprobado or above
English language qualifications:
GCSE pass in English at Grade C or above
IELTS with an average overall score 6.5 with at least a 5.5 in each component
TOEFL IBT minimum score 88
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): exams taken from January 2015 – overall score of 176 with at least 162 in each component; exams taken before January 2015 – Grade C and no less than borderline in each skill
Trinity College English Language qualifications: ISE III Pass for postgraduate taught courses and research applications
City and Guild’s IESOL/ISESOL tests at expert and mastery levels (C2 and C1) for the majority of postgraduate programmes
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum of 67 points in each elemen
Don’t worry if you do not meet these requirements, we run a number of courses to prepare you for academic studies.
An overview of developmental disorders:
This module considers current definitions, classification and terminology, as well as debating the overlapping nature of developmental disorders. It begins to consider the roles and expectations of stakeholders within a collaborative framework and critiques a range of literature that provides the evidence base for practice.
The assessment and diagnosis of developmental disorders:
This module focuses upon the tools for diagnosis of a range of developmental disorders and those used in research. It builds upon the previous module and uses the bio-psychosocial model of disability to frame assessment. An emphasis is placed upon gaining a holistic picture of the individual’s living and learning needs.
Management of developmental disorders:
This module considers the current thinking about the medical, rehabilitative and educative approaches to intervention and management of developmental disorders. It will also consider the impact of intervention upon the individual’s life.
Research methods for developmental disorders:
This module develops the research skills and processes to enable you to use relevant research to inform your practice, and to also carry out clinical or educational research.
The dissertation is your opportunity to explore issues of professional and personal interest in depth by applying skills as a researcher. This may build upon topics that you have investigated earlier in your studies. On successful completion you will be encouraged and supported to disseminate your work. During the dissertation stage of the course you will be supported by a personal tutor.
Learning and teaching methods
Students will be expected to attend a five day study block for each of the four taught modules and complete a range of written and oral assessments.
It is envisaged that this unique, inter disciplinary approach to learning will ensure that you not only gain a conceptual understanding of developmental disorders, but a sound consideration of the management strategies necessary when setting up a service.
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