This course offers students the opportunity to graduate with a Masters degree oriented at their particular interests in the field of applied child and adolescent psychology. It will allow students to gain insight into how research and theory informs real world practice across a range of professional domains. This real-world focus will be applied to a variety of areas of developmental psychology such as: mental health, education, special educational needs and safeguarding. This course will enable those with an interest in applied developmental psychology to narrow down the area for their future careers.
Why Psychology at LSBU?
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Experts by experience (sometimes referred to as service users) are heavily involved in the delivery and design of the course.
2.2 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Psychology or an allied field such as neuroscience, social work, nursing, medicine or psycho-social studies.
At level 3, Grade 4 or equivalent GCSE mathematics
We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
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The modules are all core and are:
Child and Adolescent Mental Health - 20 Credits Students studying this module will explore child and adolescent mental health, contextualising it in terms of family structures and relationships, socio-economic status, domestic abuse, school etc as potential risk factors for poor mental health. The module will explore issues surrounding parental mental health and its impact on family life. The module will also explore issues, such as eating disorders, issues around body image and the impact of social media. Therapeutic interventions and the importance of taking a trauma informed approach in the delivery of services will be studied. Seminars will be a combination of activities to explore aspects of the content from the lecture and coursework support. There is a critical emphasis throughout considering issues of power, ethics, diversity, and research on the lived experiences of children, young people and their families.
Development, Family and Education - 20 Credits: Students studying this module will explore cognitive, social and moral development and their challenges for education and family life. The module will explore these issues alongside individual differences, such as neurodiversity and giftedness. They will learn about the interconnectivity of these topics and how they can provide challenges in the family and education settings. This will underpin the student’s ability to critically evaluate research in this area and apply their learning to other modules and their working life. Seminars will be a combination of activities to explore aspects of the content from the lecture and coursework support.
Impacts of adverse childhood experiences- 20 Credits: Students studying this module will explore a range of adverse childhood experiences which can impact on their development, often by the mechanism of toxic stress. This will include abuse, neglect, and dysfunctional homes, fostering and adoption, gang membership, and child refugees/victims of war or natural disasters. Impacts of these experiences will be examined in a variety of contexts, including education, social care, forensic/criminal, healthcare etc. Students will also learn about interventions to try to reduce impacts of such experiences, and the role of trauma informed practice and research..
Research Methods for Developmental Psychology- 20 Credits: The module provides students with a grounding in the research techniques that they are likely to use for their dissertation. It will provide students with the methodological and data analytical skills that they will need to carry out an extensive piece of independent research, form design to implementation and analysis. In the quantitative research methods section of the module, experimental design, ethical principles in psychological research, and statistical analysis are covered. In the qualitative research methods section, the focus is on thematic analysis. This module builds upon and develops students’ existing knowledge of research methods at undergraduate level.
Professional Placement in Psychology- 20 Credits: This module is designed to explore professional work with children and young people and will develop students understanding of a wide range of contemporary issues relating to safeguarding. Students will explore topics such as: gender expression and identity, sexual awareness, relationships, the impact of social media, gangs and drug trafficking, child carers, safeguarding and therapeutic helping. They will be able to critically evaluate research in these areas to inform support and safeguarding practices in their working environment(s). Seminars will include a range of activities to embed learning from lectures and provide coursework support.
Safeguarding: Research and Practice- 20 Credits: This module is designed to explore professional work with children and young people and will develop students understanding of a wide range of contemporary issues relating to safeguarding. Students will explore topics such as: gender expression and identity, sexual awareness, relationships, the impact of social media, gangs and drug trafficking, child carers, safeguarding and therapeutic helping. They will be able to critically evaluate research in these areas to inform support and safeguarding practices in their working environment(s). Seminars will include a range of activities to embed learning from lectures and provide coursework support.
Dissertation - 60 Credits The dissertation provides students with the opportunity to independently design, execute, and write up a piece of research in an area of applied child and adolescent psychology. The research should be novel and make a new contribution to their chosen area of child and adolescent psychology. Each student will be assigned a research supervisor who will supervise the student throughout the course of the dissertation from initial ideas to the final version of the written dissertation. The final dissertation will be between 4000 and 8000 words.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
This course will offer students who wish to work with children and adolescents a chance to more fully explore the direction they want to work in. Students will typically go on to Educational Psychology, Social Work, Teaching especially SEN etc.
Teaching and Assessment
The course is assessed entirely by submitted coursework, no exams. Each student will be allocated a personal tutor who will be a member of staff.
As an Applied Sciences student, you will be allocated a named academic tutor during your first three weeks at LSBU. The role of your academic tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your academic tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University.
Your academic tutor should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will have appointments with your academic tutor a minimum of once per semester for 30 minutes throughout your course. This is often supplemented with additional meetings arranged via email as and when students need support. In addition to this Learning Support hours for all teaching staff will be advertised and available for you to book additional time for support related to a specific teaching session.