Why this programme?
The master’s specialisation in Developmental Psychology will help you understand how certain behaviours and cognitive functions relate to a person’s psychological and biological constitution and the development of the brain. The cognitive-biological orientation of this programme is unique in Europe. 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.
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.