Taught course

Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology

King's College London · Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre

Entry requirements

Upper second degree in either Psychology or related disciplines (behavioral or biological sciences) and medicine or professions allied to medicine.

Months of entry


Course content

You will develop knowledge about the genetic and environmental causes of typical and atypical psychological development, the standard psychological therapies and treatments available, and research methods and statistics relevant to this field. The course will provide you with both a research and clinical focus.

Benefit from comprehensive coverage of the field exploring how biological, behavioural and cognitive processes, along with family and wider social forces, can affect typical and atypical development. The course is ideal if you plan to work/are working in mental health with young people, plan to study for a PhD, or if you are looking to progress to the DClinPsy. Placements and clinical observerships are available.

  • Learn how to characterise typical and atypical behaviours across the life span.
  • Learn how to identify, describe and manage behavioural traits in common disorders such as Autism and ADHD.
  • Become familiar with the latest scientific results and debates surrounding the “nature and nurture” of psychological and psychopathological conditions.
  • Become skilled in using state-of-the-art research methods skills, such as those in statistical genetics, and access world renowned longitudinal data sets.
  • Explore ways in which technology could help improve coordination, quality, personalisation and geographical reach of care.
  • Learn from world-leading researchers/ clinicians at the IoPPN, with 12 of the world’s most highly cited scientists in this field eg Robin Murray, Robert Plomin, Michael Rutter.
  • King’s is ranked 2nd in the world for psychology and psychiatry – US News, Best Global Universities.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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