Advanced Topics in Developmental Psychopathology - PSYC8540

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 7 20 (10) Francesca Carbone checkmark-circle


This module investigates common forms of neurodevelopmental disorder. The goal of the module is to help students understand the behavioural manifestations of these disorders, as well as their possible psychological/cognitive, neurobiological, and/or etiological (genetic/environmental) causes. Moreover, the module will explore some characteristic approaches that clinicians take when attempting to support people with these disorders and remediate the difficulties that these people experience. Finally, students will learn to evaluate critically pieces of research on developmental psychopathology in terms of study findings, conceptual underpinnings, and/or methodological approaches.


Contact hours

Private Study: 178
Contact Hours: 22
Total: 200


Compulsory to the following courses:
• MSc Developmental Psychology

Optional to the following courses:
• MSc Social and Applied Psychology
• MSc Cognitive Psychology/Neuropsychology

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Examination (2 hours) – 60%*
Essay (2,000 words) – 40%*
*both elements are pass compulsory and must be passed to achieve the learning outcomes of the module

Reassessment methods

*Exams will be online*

Indicative reading

The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices.

The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of current theories and research in the study of developmental psychopathology.
2 Critically evaluate theories of and research into developmental psychopathology, and demonstrating these skills in written form.
3 Show critical analysis skills through group work
4 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of common research methods used to study developmental psychopathology, including the research questions they can be used to answer.
5 Gain insight into the key challenges facing clinicians and practitioners who work in educational and clinical settings with people who have developmental disorders.
6 Gain insight into the key techniques employed by clinicians and practitioners who work in educational and clinical settings with people who have developmental disorders.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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