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Birkbeck, University of London: Brain and Cognitive Development

Institution Birkbeck, University of London
Department Psychological Sciences
Telephone 0203 907 0700
Study type Taught


Our MA/MSc Brain and Cognitive Development (formerly Development Sciences) is designed to give you an understanding of the role of the child’s environment through the study of the impact of the family, communities and other social networks. You will explore the interaction of biology and social factors in the context of atypical developmental paths, such as those observed in: - dyslexia

  • autism

  • other developmental disorders.

The course is designed for graduates from psychology and related disciplines who seek to deepen their understanding of cutting-edge contemporary research in developmental science, as well as established practitioners and policy-makers wishing to update their training. The MA focuses on enabling you to reflect critically on existing knowledge, and the MSc focuses on carrying out empirical research at postgraduate level.


  • The degree combines Birkbeck’s strengths in biological, social and applied developmental research methods to provide you with an integrated understanding of child development.

  • You will have the opportunity to interact with world-class researchers in developmental science and attend research seminars organised by the department and a number of other local research centres and institutes.

  • Our Department of Psychological Sciences is consistently regarded as one of the top psychological sciences departments in the UK. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, and for the third time, it was ranked in the top ten universities in the UK.

  • ESRC funding may be available in conjunction with PhD study.



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