This course within the Department of Psychology focuses on the normal and abnormal changes that occur in the human brain from childhood through to adulthood through to old age.
Key topics include rare cognitive neuropsychological disorders and relatively common clinical and neurodegenerative disorders. The course is taught by staff members who conduct cutting-edge research in these fields and by professionals in educational psychology, clinical psychology and neuropsychology.
You’ll have the opportunity to apply for a placement working with older adults suffering the effects of traumatic brain damage or neurological disease, or with children or young people with neurodevelopmental conditions. These placements, which take place in either specialist education or neurological care and rehabilitation facilites, give you the opportunity to gain valuable clinical experience and learn from professionals working in these fields.
If you’re more interested in research, internal placements working with a member of staff in the Psychology Research Group will be offered as part of the course.
Through the study of normal and abnormal patterns of development across the lifespan, this course provides a fascinating programme of study if you’re wishing to become a researcher in this area and/or are seeking further professional development by gaining a unique and relevant qualification in an increasingly difficult job market.
“You study the theory as well as the practical elements and you have the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned.”
Marte Jensen, graduate
Next start date:
September 2020, September 2021
Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus
1 year, delivered 2 days per week
Psychology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Statistics
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 or equivalent in a required subject. Applicants with a 2.2 will be considered if they have achieved a 2.1 in their dissertation.
International entry requirements:
If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component. For more information see our full entry requirements.