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Developmental Psychology & Education (MA)

Duration: 12 months (full-time); 27 months (part-time)

Overview

* This course qualifies for the New £10,000 Postgraduate Loan Scheme (PGL)

The MA Developmental Psychology & Education programme is designed for practising teachers, educators and others with a personal or professional interest in the field of education. The programme aims to provide opportunities for engagement with the key theories, concepts and ideas in education.

This programme is part of the ‘Interdisciplinary Studies in Education’ suite of research-informed Masters provision. It offers each student a choice of awards that means they can tailor the available provision to their own research interests.

By studying at Liverpool Hope University, you will be joining an academic community with a strong record in educational research. You will study in a supportive learning environment and be encouraged to develop your own research profile.

Curriculum

The full Masters award requires you to gain 180 credits, including a dissertation. The curriculum is constructed from 60-credit ‘Blocks’ of provision, from which students will choose two of the combinations permitted. Each 60-credit Block comprises either two 30-credit or four 15-credit modules.

Developmental Psychology block
Term 1

Cognitive Development (30 credits)

This module will elaborate on diverse aspects of the development of human cognition. It will tackle both theoretical and methodological implications that lie within the field of cognitive psychology, by critically analysing cognitive mechanisms/processes that develop from birth into early and middle childhood. The module will be research-driven, providing space and opportunities for a deep understanding of theory and research that underpin major areas of cognitive development, such as perception, memory, attention, reasoning, executive functions and make key conceptual links with other sub-fields, such as neurocognition. 

Term 2

Developmental Psychology (Childhood) - (15 credits)

The module will explore contemporary theoretical approaches within developmental psychology. It will be covering biological, cognitive, social cognitive, neuro-cognitive, social and emotional areas development. The module will also be both research informed with a specific focus on the inter-relationships with classic and contemporary research paradigms within early and mid-childhood development and current theorising. A range of research outcomes relating to deep critical awareness of current theoretical and methodological advances in developmental psychology and how these impact on current views of child development will be central to this module.

Developmental Psychology (Infancy) - (15 credits)

This module is similar to the one above but focuses on infant development.  Central to the module will be a range of research outcomes relating to deep critical awareness of current theoretical and methodological advances in developmental psychology and how these impact on current views of infant development.  

Education in Action block
Term 1

Learning and Teaching (15 credits)

This course aims to introduce students to contemporary thinking in learning and teaching research. Starting from the eminent education researchers of the past, this module traverses the fundamental theory which underpins contemporary education and attempts to provide students with the critical skills necessary to understand and implement the best practises at the modern educators’ disposal.

Assessment (15 credits)

This course aims to introduce students to contemporary thinking related to assessment practice. Students will be introduced to a range of assessment strategies and how they can be evaluated for effectiveness. Students are asked to consider the application of an assessment strategy theoretically or practically. Students will consider the impact of assessment on contemporary education in a variety of contexts and will be presented with evidence and insight into the multitude of factors which impact assessment and its application in contemporary learning contexts.

Term 2

Curriculum Theory (15 credits)

This module aims to enhance and develop participants' knowledge and understanding of curriculum theory from a range of perspectives. Participants will be guided in critiquing a range of policy documents and theoretical perspectives on curriculum relevant to professional practice and will uncover the social, political, cultural and technological influences on curriculum change.

Curriculum Development (15 credits)

This course aims to introduce students to the pragmatic and theoretical thinking behind curriculum development processes. Students will develop innovative curriculum elements in light of theoretical, practical and ethical considerations. Students present these elements to their peers and provide and receive critical scrutiny. Students will use this to reflect and further develop curriculum, with the aim of understanding the complexity and creativity needed to develop in today's evolving educational landscape.
 

After completion of the taught phase (when both Blocks are completed and 120 credits has been successfully gained) then students will begin the research phase, whereby they will study a Research Methods module and then embark on a Dissertation that synthesises the two Blocks that they have studied. 

Entry Requirements

Upper second class honours degree or above in a relevant discipline or equivalent.

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

Please note that a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) is required for students where they are required to visit settings other than their own.

For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.

Teaching & Research

Research in the Faculty of Education is organised around two centres and research fora / groups:
Students taking a Masters in the Education Faculty may find their work aligns with any or several of these groups, as the award is designed to allow individuals to study areas of education and teaching and learning in a wide variety of settings and contexts.

Employability

You will be able to structure your award to enhance your personal interests, career specific opportunities and potential for promotion to senior management and leadership. It will enable you to evaluate adult's and children's learning through research and postgraduate study. For teachers, this course will enhance opportunities to move beyond the threshold and become an 'excellent teacher'.

Students completing the MA will also be well placed to go on to a doctorate (EdD or PhD) at Liverpool Hope.

Overview

* This course qualifies for the New £10,000 Postgraduate Loan Scheme (PGL)

The MA Developmental Psychology & Education programme is designed for practising teachers, educators and others with a personal or professional interest in the field of education. The programme aims to provide opportunities for engagement with the key theories, concepts and ideas in education.

This programme is part of the ‘Interdisciplinary Studies in Education’ suite of research-informed Masters provision. It offers each student a choice of awards that means they can tailor the available provision to their own research interests.

By studying at Liverpool Hope University, you will be joining an academic community with a strong record in educational research. You will study in a supportive learning environment and be encouraged to develop your own research profile.

Curriculum

The full Masters award requires you to gain 180 credits, including a dissertation. The curriculum is constructed from 60-credit ‘Blocks’ of provision, from which students will choose two of the combinations permitted. Each 60-credit Block comprises either two 30-credit or four 15-credit modules.

Developmental Psychology block
Term 1

Cognitive Development (30 credits)

This module will elaborate on diverse aspects of the development of human cognition. It will tackle both theoretical and methodological implications that lie within the field of cognitive psychology, by critically analysing cognitive mechanisms/processes that develop from birth into early and middle childhood. The module will be research-driven, providing space and opportunities for a deep understanding of theory and research that underpin major areas of cognitive development, such as perception, memory, attention, reasoning, executive functions and make key conceptual links with other sub-fields, such as neurocognition. 

Term 2

Developmental Psychology (Childhood) - (15 credits)

The module will explore contemporary theoretical approaches within developmental psychology. It will be covering biological, cognitive, social cognitive, neuro-cognitive, social and emotional areas development. The module will also be both research informed with a specific focus on the inter-relationships with classic and contemporary research paradigms within early and mid-childhood development and current theorising. A range of research outcomes relating to deep critical awareness of current theoretical and methodological advances in developmental psychology and how these impact on current views of child development will be central to this module.

Developmental Psychology (Infancy) - (15 credits)

This module is similar to the one above but focuses on infant development.  Central to the module will be a range of research outcomes relating to deep critical awareness of current theoretical and methodological advances in developmental psychology and how these impact on current views of infant development.  

Education in Action block
Term 1

Learning and Teaching (15 credits)

This course aims to introduce students to contemporary thinking in learning and teaching research. Starting from the eminent education researchers of the past, this module traverses the fundamental theory which underpins contemporary education and attempts to provide students with the critical skills necessary to understand and implement the best practises at the modern educators’ disposal.

Assessment (15 credits)

This course aims to introduce students to contemporary thinking related to assessment practice. Students will be introduced to a range of assessment strategies and how they can be evaluated for effectiveness. Students are asked to consider the application of an assessment strategy theoretically or practically. Students will consider the impact of assessment on contemporary education in a variety of contexts and will be presented with evidence and insight into the multitude of factors which impact assessment and its application in contemporary learning contexts.

Term 2

Curriculum Theory (15 credits)

This module aims to enhance and develop participants' knowledge and understanding of curriculum theory from a range of perspectives. Participants will be guided in critiquing a range of policy documents and theoretical perspectives on curriculum relevant to professional practice and will uncover the social, political, cultural and technological influences on curriculum change.

Curriculum Development (15 credits)

This course aims to introduce students to the pragmatic and theoretical thinking behind curriculum development processes. Students will develop innovative curriculum elements in light of theoretical, practical and ethical considerations. Students present these elements to their peers and provide and receive critical scrutiny. Students will use this to reflect and further develop curriculum, with the aim of understanding the complexity and creativity needed to develop in today's evolving educational landscape.
 

After completion of the taught phase (when both Blocks are completed and 120 credits has been successfully gained) then students will begin the research phase, whereby they will study a Research Methods module and then embark on a Dissertation that synthesises the two Blocks that they have studied. 

Entry Requirements

Upper second class honours degree or above in a relevant discipline or equivalent.

Applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent) will be asked to demonstrate potential to achieve a Masters award via a sample of academic writing and interview before an offer is made.

Please note that a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) is required for students where they are required to visit settings other than their own.

For students whose first language is not English there is a language requirement of IELTS 6.5 overall (reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL ibt 87, or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.

Teaching & Research

Research in the Faculty of Education is organised around two centres and research fora / groups:
Students taking a Masters in the Education Faculty may find their work aligns with any or several of these groups, as the award is designed to allow individuals to study areas of education and teaching and learning in a wide variety of settings and contexts.

Employability

You will be able to structure your award to enhance your personal interests, career specific opportunities and potential for promotion to senior management and leadership. It will enable you to evaluate adult's and children's learning through research and postgraduate study. For teachers, this course will enhance opportunities to move beyond the threshold and become an 'excellent teacher'.

Students completing the MA will also be well placed to go on to a doctorate (EdD or PhD) at Liverpool Hope.

Course Contact Details

Student Recruitment Team

t: +44 (0) 151 291 3111

e: enquiry@hope.ac.uk

Faculty: Education

t: +44 (0) 151 291 3410

e: educationpgt@hope.ac.uk

Start date: September & January

How to Apply