MSc Psychology - Specialisation in Developmental Psychology
Are you curious about how psychological and biological factors, such as genetics and biochemistry, play a role in cognitive development? Do you want to investigate which factors contribute to the development of disorders such as autism or dyslexia? Are you interested in learning how to measure brain processes and use various diagnostic tools? Then the master’s specialisation in Developmental Psychology could be right for you. You’ll study the most recent developmental theories and research findings. And you’ll learn to apply various diagnostic and research tools in the clinical field and developmental research. This will make you well-prepared to work as a psychologist or researcher in mental health or educational institutions.
You’ll learn what is needed over a lifespan, both biologically and environmentally, to develop normal:
- audition & vision
- memory & attention
- social perception
- motor skills
In addition to healthy development, you’ll study several common developmental disorders, including:
- Tourette’s syndrome
- Williams syndrome
The programme has four compulsory courses:
- Infancy: provides an overview of the development of cognitive and social-emotional functions during the first two years of life.
- Perception, attention, and motor development: deals with typical and atypical (ADHD, Tourette’s syndrome) development of these functions in childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
- Development of cognition and language: provides an overview of typical and atypical (dyscalculia, dyslexia) life-long development of higher cognitive functions (short- and long-term memory, arithmetic, language).
- Social and emotional development: deals with biological, personality and environmental factors underlying social-emotional and moral development.
You'll also take a number of professional skills trainings in addition to completing an internship and writing your thesis.
You will learn the skills important for a career as a psychologist in applied settings, such as applying and designing instruments that measure cognitive function (like IQ) in infants and children. You’ll also learn scientific skills, such as how to design a developmental experiment and how to measure brain processes using EEG and ERP. In the second semester, you’ll put these skills into practice during your research internship, which you can do under the guidance of experts in the Netherlands or abroad.
See website www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fpn/masters
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