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Ten reasons for studying Developmental Cognitive Science

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Science communication intern Luis Monroy Gonzalez lists ten reasons for choosing the University of Edinburgh master’s programme

Are you thinking about studying a master’s in psychology? MSc Developmental Cognitive Science will blow your mind (psychologically speaking) and here is the ultimate list to prove it:

1) World-leading research

The research environment for Psychology at Edinburgh is rated 100% conducive to producing world-leading research, with 81.5% of our research rated as outstanding for its significance and reach (Research Excellence Framework 2014 submission for Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh).

For more information about our research, visit our dedicated research page:

Psychology Research | The University of Edinburgh

2) One of a kind

The University of Edinburgh has a long tradition in both developmental psychology and cognitive science. So, who better to bring those two fields together? You will be able to study typical and atypical development in children and young people from a unique perspective.

3) The best of both worlds

You are taught by experts in both cognitive science and developmental psychology.

For more information about the programme’s teaching staff, visit our dedicated webpage:

MSc Developmental Cognitive Science – Programme teaching staff | The University of Edinburgh

4) Test your theories

As part of the MSc, you will undertake a research internship for one semester with your potential dissertation supervisor.

5) All that you need

There are approximately 30 libraries at your disposal, including a dedicated Psychology library located in the Psychology building in George Square. And there’s more: all postgraduate students have access to the resources of the National Library of Scotland and the National Archives of Scotland.

6) A path for you

With its interdisciplinary approach, this MSc can help you to pursue a variety of career paths:

  • PhD in Developmental Cognitive Science or a similar field,
  • a professional doctorate, for example in Clinical Psychology,
  • a career in practice and policy evaluation regarding language therapy in children and young people,
  • or policy development in social care, education or health.

7) Leap forward

As a postgraduate student, you could potentially join the Wee Science group, which studies how children learn to think and talk.

Wee Science | Learning from kids while they play

8) State-of-the-art facilities

Computers within the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences are configured with specialised software including packages for experimental design and execution. You will also have access to audiovisual recording equipment, and facilities for data collection and experimentation.

9) The uni life

Enrich your student life experience by joining one of the more than 200 hundred societies that the University hosts.

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10) It’s a beautiful city

Edinburgh is seriously one of the most beautiful cities in the world with a mysterious vibe. And to prove it, here’s the view from Calton Hill, one of the public parks (sitting on a hill) for your delight:

Calton Hill Edinburgh

Photo by Giuseppe Milo

If you want to know more, visit the programme website and get in touch!

MSc Developmental Cognitive Science | The University of Edinburgh

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