Taught course

Developmental Disorders

Lancaster University · Psychology

Entry requirements

Normally an upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in Psychology or a related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

In this programme, we aim to promote students’ knowledge of developmental psychology with a focus on atypical development across the lifespan. The degree builds on the Department’s research strengths in this area, with core material from course team members who specialise in Autism Spectrum Disorder, cognitive development in atypical populations and language and literacy development.

You will acquire advanced knowledge of the theories and major findings in this field, and develop expertise in the methods and analytic techniques used in research.

The course is aimed at graduates wishing to enter an applied or research career in developmental disabilities, and is beneficial for students who wish to progress to a PhD in clinical, educational, or experimental psychology. It is also suited to those who wish to boost their research skills en route to, or after, behavioural therapy or clinical or educational psychology training.


Compulsory modules:

· Analysing and Interpreting Data

· Conducting and Presenting Psychological Research

· Developmental Disorders

· Developmental Psychology

· Research Dissertation

Optional modules (choose from topics in the following areas, which vary year-to-year and are aligned with our expertise):

· Applied Aspects of Psychology

· Cognitive Psychology

· Developmental Psychology

· Neuroscience

· Social Psychology

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
£8500 per year
International students
£19,500 per year


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1524 594 975