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Taught Courses

The Department of Psychology offers one-year taught Master's courses, each delivered by a group of staff specialising in the area of study. Our Master's courses offer the opportunity to focus on a particular aspect of psychology, learn key approaches to the discipline including statistical training, and to undertake research for a dissertation in your chosen subject, supported by a member of staff with expertise in that area. Durham's strengths in these areas of psychology make these degrees a unique opportunity to participate in an active research environment and to develop ideas about your future career. 


MSc Behavioural Science

Four postgraduate students working together in an open study space

This MSc course provides advanced training in the theory and application of behavioural science. You will train in the use of behavioural insights for the public, private and third sectors. Our interactive teaching covers applications of behavioural science in a wide range of domains. You will also be instructed in cutting-edge behavioural research methods and data analytic techniques. 


MSc Cognitive Neuroscience

The MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience teaches the use of a range of tools that are necessary in modern neuroscience research, including cutting edge experimental techniques and computer programming.  The course is aimed at students who are seeking to build on their undergraduate qualifications to develop their project management skills and theoretical knowledge for a career in research or related disciplines. 


MSc Developmental Psychopathology 

This MSc course is aimed at students who are interested in studying atypical development including, for example, focussing on developmental conditions and mental health. This programme has an excellent track record of providing advanced training (both theoretical and practical) in developmental psychopathology. Students on our programme tend to pursue careers in clinical or educational psychology, and research careers in developmental psychology/psychopathology.  


MA Research Methods (Developmental Psychology) 

A child with researcher, taking part in a memory based experiment

The MA in Developmental Psychology is aimed at students who are interested in studying typical and atypical development across the lifespan. This course is Economic and Social Research Council recognised, allowing students to apply for 1+3 or +3 funding for a PhD through the Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership (NINEDTP). Students on our programme tend to pursue research careers in developmental psychology/psychopathology, but also applied careers such as clinical or educational psychology.