This unique programme seeks to enhance your understanding of key theoretical and practical issues about typical and atypical development in children and young people.
- Developmental Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary field that brings together such disciplines as Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Computational Science, Neuroscience and Linguistics.
- You will be taught by academics who have research expertise in two or more of these areas
- The programme provides advanced training in research skills and offers access to excellent research facilities
- The programme includes a research internship element for one semester, where you can work in close collaboration with your prospective dissertation supervisor on a range of research training activities relevant to your dissertation project
- Using research techniques from different disciplines, you will gain the skills required to conduct independent scientific research that addresses key issues in developmental cognitive science
- The programme team has excellent links with other developmental cognitive science researchers both within the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences and in other Schools across the University.
Why study Developmental Cognitive Science at Edinburgh?
- The programme is unique in focussing on a developmental cognitive science approach to typical and atypical development in children and young people
- The University of Edinburgh has a long tradition of expertise in developmental psychology and in cognitive science and is ideally placed to bring these two disciplines together in one programme
- Our research environment is rated as 100% conducive to producing world-leading research, and 81.5% of our research is rated as outstanding in terms of its reach and significance (REF 2014).
Programme structure and assessment
This programme comprises nine core courses, one or two optional courses and a dissertation
You will have the opportunity to customise the programme to fit with your prior experience, intended dissertation topic and career goals.
Dissertation in Developmental Cognitive Science (60 Credits)
For the dissertation, you will conduct an independent research project supervised by a member of staff with similar interests. You will build up skills relevant to your project through the courses you take earlier in the programme and in particular by undertaking a research internship under the supervision of a member of staff.
The Degree Regulations & Programmes of Study (DRPS) provides an outline, highlights information on delivery, learning outcomes and a reading list for each course.
On average, if you are full-time you will spend about six hours per week in lectures/seminars, about three hours in tutorials and about three hours in laboratory classes.
The number of contact hours and the teaching format will depend to some extent on the option courses chosen. The remainder of your time will be spent on the independent study. After classes finish in April, you will spend all your time working independently on coursework and exam revision and on your dissertation.
Teaching and assessment
This programme comprises two semesters of taught compulsory and optional courses followed by a dissertation. Most courses are taught by a combination of lectures, seminars/tutorials and laboratory sessions. The content of seminars and tutorials varies but often consists of presentations and discussions based on readings. Lab sessions typically involve learning research skills.
Many of the core courses are underpinned by an apprenticeship model, in which you will build up the skills needed to conduct an independent research project for your dissertation. You will be taught by experts who are experienced researchers in these specific areas, and who are also engaged in knowledge exchange activities with professionals working with children in education and healthcare settings.
When you carry out your supervised dissertation research, you will receive guidance from your supervisor through one-to-one meetings, comments on written work and email communication.
Learning outcomes and careers
This programme provides you with a range of knowledge and skills to prepare you for a variety of career paths
On successful completion of this programme, you will have gained:
- An in-depth understanding of key theoretical and practical issues about typical and atypical development in children and young people, from a cognitive science perspective
- Knowledge of how questions about developmental changes in children’s cognitive abilities can be addressed using scientific methods drawn from a range of fields, including developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, computational modelling, neuroscience and linguistics
- The skills to conduct high-quality original research in developmental cognitive science
- Critical thinking skills
- The ability to evaluate published research studies in developmental cognitive science
- The ability to make well-informed contributions to discussions about the interplay between developmental research and real-world applications/implications
The programme provides preparation suitable for those who wish to progress to a PhD (in Developmental Cognitive Science or a related field) or to a professional doctorate (e.g. in Educational or Clinical Psychology). It is also relevant to careers that involve developing and evaluating practices and policies relating to children/young people, such as teaching, speech & language therapy, and policy development in education, health or social care.
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Last updated October 10, 2018